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Massachusetts Employers Should Prepare for Penalties and Other Changes to Law Regarding Health Care Contributions

In August 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” which became effective on January 1, 2018, and will remain on the books through the end of the 2019...more

Issue 117: DOL Issues Proposed Rules On Association Health Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and seventeenth issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis...more

DOL Proposes Expansion of Association Health Plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following up on the direction provided by Executive Order 13813, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed regulations that would expand the ability of small employers to band together and provide coverage under...more

Federal Court Nixes EEOC's Wellness Rules But Delays Effective Date

In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted regulations that limit the amount of incentives employers can provide employees to participate in wellness programs under the companies’ group medical insurance...more

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed...more

DOL Issues Proposal Governing Association Health Plans

by Littler on

The Department of Labor has issue a proposed rule providing direction for sole proprietors and businesses to set up Association Health Plans (AHPs). This rulemaking stems from President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive...more

Focus on ERISA - Tax Reform Includes Benefits and Compensation Provisions

by Dechert LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the tax reform bill, informally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), was signed by President Trump. As we noted in our prior OnPoint (available here) with respect to earlier versions of the...more

IRS Begins Issuing ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicated that it would begin enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility provisions (commonly known as the "Employer Mandate"). Last week, the IRS...more

ACA employer mandate penalty letters are on the way

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

The IRS has recently taken affirmative steps towards assessing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalties, which are set to begin before the end of 2017. The agency has updated its website with information...more

Promoting Wellness, Not Litigation

With ever-increasing employer health care costs, it’s not surprising that Workplace Wellness Programs are becoming more common and comprehensive. According to Fidelity Investment’s fifth annual wellness survey, 95% of...more

Treasury Announces 2017-2018 Regulatory Agenda for Employee Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published updates to its guidance plans for the coming months. - On October 20, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS released their 2017-2018 Priority Guidance...more

Smaller Employers in California Required to Provide Job-Protected Unpaid Parental Leave Starting January 1, 2018

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the New Parent Leave Act, which will become effective January 1, 2018 and requires California employers with 20 to 49 employees within 75 miles to provide up to 12-weeks of job-protected unpaid...more

Back in the Spotlight: The Affordable Care Act Again Takes Center Stage

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

After a brief lull in activity, recent developments are likely to involve all three branches of government in addressing issues under the Affordable Care Act....more

The Health Care Executive Order and Its Effect on Employee Benefit Options

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

In a development with potentially far-reaching ramifications, on October 12, 2017, the President signed Executive Order No. 13813 expressing an executive policy of facilitating, “to the extent consistent with law”, the...more

Health Insurance for U.S. Employees - A New Option for an Old Problem

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

There is good news in the world of U.S. health insurance laws, at least for Canadian companies with fewer than 50 full-time U.S. employees. Effective this year, it is now possible to directly reimburse employees for the cost...more

Trump Administration Issues Executive Order Regarding Health Coverage and Discontinues Cost-Sharing Reductions Payments

by Locke Lord LLP on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order “to reform the United States healthcare system to take the first steps to expand choices and alternatives to Obamacare plans and increase competition to...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at ACA With AHP Executive Order

Thursday, October 12th, on the heels of the recent and repeated failures to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), President Donald Trump signed an executive order nominally aimed at increasing competition in the...more

Trump Administration Pulls the Plug on CSR Payments

After months of veiled threats, President Trump formally announced that his Administration will cease funding Cost-Sharing Reduction (“CSR”) payments, a key component of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) intended to help...more

“Ceasing the CSR’s: Once a Threat, Now A Promise”

by LeClairRyan on

Late in the evening of October 12, 2017, word leaked that the Trump Administration planned to finally carry out its threat to stop the Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (“CSRs”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The...more

Employee Wellness Developments: Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

As we alluded in our “Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2018” blog post, employers that are finalizing their employee benefit plan designs in advance of the 2018 plan year would be well-advised to monitor the...more

To Audit Or Not To Audit? A Good Question For Self-Funded Group Health Plans

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The rise in insurance premiums for group health plans has prompted many employers to reexamine the decision whether to fund participant health benefits with insurance or self-fund benefits and limit their claims risk by...more

EEOC Says It Will Not Propose New Regulations for Employer Wellness Programs Until August 2018

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As we reported previously, on August 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider its regulations on employer wellness programs under the...more

Employer Health Plan Premiums Rose In 2016, But Just Barely

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Premiums for Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace coverage continue to sky rocket, with the average cost of a benchmark plan in the individual market place rising 20% this year. There is very different news for...more

Spring Cleaning Comes Early: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Updating ERISA Plan Documents

The year 1974 was a watershed for employee benefits. For the first time, the federal government undertook the complicated task of providing a statutory and regulatory framework for employee benefit plans and employee pension...more

Well, I Know a Little About Wellness Programs: Court Finds EEOC’s Incentive Limit Unsupported, Remands to Agency

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.’s (AARP) challenge to the wellness program regulations issued by the U.S. Equal...more

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