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IRS Updates Employer Shared Responsibility Payment Information

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last month, the IRS provided guidance regarding the procedures it will use to propose and assess employer shared responsibility payments under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). More recently, the IRS issued sample Forms 14764,...more

Plan Your Changes Before Changing Your Plans

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

There’s a comically profound scene in the second “Madagascar” movie. Penguin (management) and monkey (union) committees are negotiating a labor contract. After the monkeys seem to have secured what they want, they add a...more

President Trump Once Again Attempts To Dismantle The Affordable Care Act

by Fisher Phillips on

After multiple failed attempts by Congress to reform the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump announced several weeks ago that the federal government would stop making subsidy payments to insurers who sell coverage...more

Brace for Impact: IRS Says ACA Employer Mandate Penalties Coming

by Fisher Phillips on

The IRS quietly revised its FAQ on employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in November, adding a bombshell statement that it plans to inform employers of their “potential liability for an...more

Play Time is Over: IRS Reveals Process for Assessing ACA Penalties

by Bryan Cave on

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced a “pay or play” scheme, effective January 1, 2015, in which Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) must offer affordable qualifying healthcare to their full-time employees (and their...more

IRS Letter 226J: Employer ACA Penalty Assessments and IRS Enforcement

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Over the past year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) has been the center of fierce political debate. Caught in the crosshairs has been the fate of the employer shared responsibility provisions, which...more

IRS Begins Issuing ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

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

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 Assessments Coming

Within the past few weeks, IRS officials have informally indicated that the IRS would begin assessing tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility. The IRS has now updated its Questions...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

IRS Prepares to Enforce ACA Employer Mandate

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has announced its intent to begin enforcing the employer-shared responsibility provisions (otherwise known as the employer mandate or pay-or-play provisions) of the Affordable Care Act for the 2015 calendar year....more

California Law Mandates Parental Leave for Small Businesses With 20+ Employees

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown signed S.B. 63 last month, which makes CFRA applicable to businesses with 20+ employees. Under the bill, the California Government Code will be amended as of January 1, 2018 to permit eligible employees...more

Issue 115: Ready or Not, Here Come ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and fifteenth 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 of...more

Is a Dependent’s Gender Reassignment Covered Under Employer-Sponsored Benefits Plans?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In Tovar v. Essentia Health (U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2017), Brittany Tovar sought and was denied benefits needed for her son’s gender reassignment based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, as the Essentia health...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

21st Century Cures Act Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (“QSEHRAs”) May Not Be the Total Cure

by Winstead PC on

QSEHRAs are designed for employers that are not applicable large employers under the employer shared responsibility tax (Code section 4980H). QSEHRAs may only be offered by employers with fewer than 50 full-time employees (as...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

“Who” May Object to the Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, and Why?

by Bryan Cave on

New rules issued by the Trump administration, including both interim final and temporary regulations effective October 6, 2017, significantly expand “who” may object to the Patient Protection and Affordable Coverage Act’s...more

Expanding Association Health Plans—Which Agencies Need to do What

On October 13th, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing various federal agencies to consider how to achieve three administration health reform objectives: (1) expand access to Association Health Plans (AHPs); (2)...more

Assessing President Trump’s “Executive Order Promoting Health Care Choice and Competition”

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) designed to “promote healthcare choice and competition across the United States,” which in effect will allow many Americans to sidestep...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

BC Healthcare Restructuring Update: R CSR’s O-U-T? Less U.S. Gov’t $$ = More 11s . . . ?

by Bryan Cave on

Ok, if your attention span is anything like ours, all this wonky stuff about the ins and outs of the Affordable Care Act (or “ObamaCare,” as most of us know it) causes your eyes to glaze over and makes your mind wander to...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

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. This Part 1 will cover...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

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