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Beware: IRS To Begin Issuing ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Penalty Notices

The IRS has announced its next steps regarding the Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (the “ESRPs”), which are the ACA penalties assessable to “Applicable Large Employers” for failing to provide affordable health care...more

The Art of Reduction: OPEB Costs, Commitments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California’s gap between promised employee benefits and available cash is wide and ever expanding. Ballooning pension costs and rising deficits are often in the spotlight. But commitments that California’s governing bodies...more

Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017: Pension Issues

On November 14, 2017, the Ontario government released its 2017 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review and introduced Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017 (Bill 177), which looks to amend the...more

Employer Mandate Penalty Letters from the IRS Are on the Way

by Jones Day on

In the next few months, the IRS will begin sending letters notifying employers that they may owe a penalty for failing to offer health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate for the 2015 calendar year. The...more

Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

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Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Health Care Fraud Convictions for Billing Insurers for Medically Unnecessary Services

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit found that the medical necessity of a given service constitutes a material element of representations regarding submissions for payment, potentially providing payors with another legal...more

Best Strategies for Outsourcing Benefit Plan Services

Include all necessary interested parties in the process. This means including individuals with decision-making authority from Human Resources, Benefits, Labor Relations (if applicable), Finance, Payroll, and Legal. A...more

The Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for tax reform, and how it compares with the bill passed by the House Committee on Ways &...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

UPDATE: The Senate Finance Committee last night released a revised version of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We are reviewing these changes and will release an update soon... On Thursday, November 9, the...more

Can Gig Businesses Offer Benefits To Their Workers? Recent Developments May Shed Light On Answer

by Fisher Phillips on

There are obvious “benefits” to participating in the gig economy: Gig companies get to use as little or as much labor as they need. Gig workers are able to work at their chosen capacity. And customers get new products and...more

Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Send Executive Compensation Back to the Stone Age

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as initially proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2017, includes provisions that would dramatically impact many common incentive and deferred compensation programs, including...more

Tax Reform Proposal Nixes Favorable Tax Treatment of Several Employee Benefits

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On November 3, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brody began the legislative consideration of Tax Reform by releasing an amendment (in the nature of a substitute) to the Tax Reform and Jobs Act (H.R. 1 hereinafter...more

District Court Applies Texas Ban on Discretionary Clauses in Insurance Contracts

A federal district court in Louisiana upheld a Texas state law prohibiting insurers from granting themselves discretion to interpret benefit plans when deciding benefit claims. These so-called “discretionary clauses” are...more

Ninth Circuit Considers Pre-Appeal Conduct in Plan’s Request for Appellate Attorney’s Fees

The Ninth Circuit ruled that a district court erred by failing to consider the entire course of the litigation when analyzing a request for attorney’s fees under ERISA and remanded the case for a calculation of fees. A plan...more

Pension Alert - November 2017

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Hogan Lovells pension group is delighted to send you our September e-newsletter. Topics covered include, an update on VAT, PPF deadlines, pension liberation and Pension Ombudsman cases on increases to deferred pensions and...more

Top Five Takeaways from Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investment Conference and a Tax List

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On 26 October, Hogan Lovells hosted its inaugural Sovereign Investor Conference where investment professionals as well as deal and regulatory lawyers discussed the key issues facing government-sponsored investors. Topics they...more

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Executive Order Authorizing Rules for Retirement Plan and IRA Distributions in the Wake of Recent...

by Littler on

On November 8, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed Executive Order No. 2017-067 (“EO 2017-067”) authorizing the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) to establish tax rules for distributions...more

Potential Year-End Surprise in Your Mailbox – a Letter from the IRS

The Affordable Care Act or ACA (a/k/a “Obamacare”) is not dead, yet. On November 2, 2017, FAQs 55-58 appeared, without fanfare, on the IRS’ ACA website. These FAQs outline the process the IRS will use to notify an applicable...more

Pair of NLRB ALJ Decisions Find Unions Violated NLRA

by Proskauer - Labor Relations on

It is mid-November, and the Board is at a full complement, and even has a new General Counsel. While we haven’t seen anything significant (or really, anything at all) come out of the newly constituted Board we know the new...more

Labor Secretary Again Speaks Out On The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made the news again this week due to his remarks on the ever-growing gig economy and the need for increased legislative attention on this topic. As we discussed in an...more

Anarchy In The UK: What Does November 10th Milestone Misclassification Ruling Mean For American Gig Economy Companies?

by Fisher Phillips on

While misclassification battles over the status of gig economy workers rage here in the United States, we are by no means the only country grappling with these thorny 21st-century legal issues. On Novemeber 10th, in fact, an...more

Proposed Senate Bill Revives Concern of Adverse Impact on Equity and Performance-Based Compensation

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Joint Committee on Taxation released a description of the Senate Chairman’s Mark to the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on November 9, 2017, reintroducing adverse equity and performance-based compensation tax provisions...more

Reducing your Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levy for 2018/19

by Hogan Lovells on

2018/19 is the first year of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF)'s third levy "triennium" under the new levy framework. Trustees who wish to reduce their pension scheme's risk-based levy by taking account of contingent...more

Congress Tackles Federal Paid Leave with Flexible Work Standards Bill

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

U.S. Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) last week introduced bill H.R. 4219, "Workflex in the 21st Century Act," which, if passed, will create a voluntary program through which employers can opt to offer employees a...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

by Carlton Fields on

A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives released its tax reform bill titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”). On November 6, 2017, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the...more

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