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Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide... more +
Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide minimum essential insurance coverage to their employees or else pay statutory penalties. The concept of an employer mandate is not unique to the Affordable Care Act; many EU countries have their own versions with different and/or expanded employer obligations.  less -

Summary of Select New Laws Impacting California Employers

The new year will bring many changes to California’s employment laws in various areas, including hiring practices (such as a statewide “ban the box” law); leaves and benefits (including expansion of parental leave to small...more

Nevada Employers Prepare to Provide Leave for Domestic Violence Victims

In the new year, Nevada employers will be required to provide workplace protections for employees who are victims of domestic violence. Nevada Senate Bill 361, which was signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval over the...more

Rhode Island Is the Latest State to Require Paid Sick Leave

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo recently signed into law the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act (“Act”), which will require Rhode Island employers with 18 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave...more

Death by Overwork in Japan: Cultivating a Healthy Workforce From Across the World

In the wake of increased international focus on karoshi—a common Japanese term meaning “death by overwork”—Japan’s government and business leaders alike agree that Japan’s “culture of overwork” is a critical issue in need of...more

Watch out for IRS letters: IRS Begins Enforcing Employer Mandate

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The IRS has recently begun enforcing the “employer shared responsibility” (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act"), which require employers having 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent...more

‘Tis the Season for ACA Penalties

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After several years of uncertainty surrounding enforcement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010’s so-called “employer mandate,” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun assessing penalty notices for the...more

ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Letters Coming Before Year-End!

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

With only 30-days to respond, employers should be watching their mail for Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate penalty letters (IRS Letter 226J), coming before the end of 2017. Recent updates to the “Questions and...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

New York Releases Paid Family Leave Statement of Rights and Model Policy Language

As we previously reported, the New York State Paid Family Leave Law (PFL) will go into effect on January 1, 2018, requiring virtually all private employers in New York to provide paid family leave benefits to eligible...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

“Whoaaa, Nellie!” Before Submitting Form 14765 …

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Entering a football stadium many years ago, your nimble correspondent encountered unarmed security contractors wearing uniforms featuring the company logo – a big, red bull’s-eye – on the front of the baseball cap and on the...more

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 12/5)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

Potential Year-End Surprise in Your Mailbox – A Letter from the IRS (updated)

The Affordable Care Act or ACA (a/k/a “Obamacare”) is not dead, yet. Employers are starting to receive letters from the IRS notifying them that they owe assessable payments (“penalties”) under the employer shared...more

Act Now Before It’s Too Late: What New York Employers Should Do Before the New Year

by Epstein Becker & Green on

This has been a busy year for New York employers, especially those with offices in New York City. As we near the beginning of 2018, there are many changes that have recently gone into effect (or will soon go into effect) that...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

Watch Your Mail: IRS Begins Collection of Employer Mandate Penalties

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It’s official. The IRS has finally begun the process of collecting penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) employer shared responsibility provisions, better known as the “employer mandate.” The IRS has started...more

Your Not So Kind (Or Welcome) Early Holiday Gift From The IRS: Letter 226j

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On more than one occasion since passing the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the IRS has given some type of early holiday “gift” to alleviate pending compliance concerns for employers. One of the most significant of these...more

Alert: Employers Beware: The IRS Has Begun Enforcing Employer Penalties Under the ACA

by Cooley LLP on

Businesses should be aware that the IRS has initiated enforcement of the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act") – which could mean your business is about to receive (if it hasn’t...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

De Pere Joins Wisconsin Municipalities With Nondiscrimination Ordinances

On November 21, 2017, the De Pere city council added to Wisconsin’s list of municipalities with local nondiscrimination ordinances. For employers, the De Pere ordinance creates a unique protected class in Wisconsin: victims...more

California Employers Subject to State-Specific Obligations Under New Immigration Law

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Effective January 1, 2018, California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act, AB 450, imposes new obligations on California employers. In light of the Trump administration’s increased immigration enforcement efforts, the...more

WPI Insider Briefing – A Taxing Year Races to the Finish Line

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As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress made progress toward their singular legislative priority to enact comprehensive tax reform. Facing uncertainty in the 2018 midterm...more

The Taxman Cometh: IRS Begins Assessing Employer Mandate Penalties

by Alston & Bird on

The IRS has finally started to enforce the employer shared responsibility requirement (the “employer mandate”) in the Affordable Care Act, and is mailing notices now to employers who may owe a penalty for 2015. Because of...more

[Webinar] What’s New for California Employers for 2018: Employment Law Developments and Trends - December 13th, 10:00am PT

by Payne & Fears on

This one-hour session, geared toward human resources professionals and in-house attorneys, will cover legal changes impacting California employers, including a discussion of new laws, enforcement trends, and "hot topics" in...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

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