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Employer Mandates Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Shared Responsibility Rule

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 -

Watch out for IRS letters: IRS Begins Enforcing Employer Mandate

by FordHarrison on

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

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

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

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

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

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

IRS Will Enforce Employer Mandate Regardless Of Any Executive Orders

by Fisher Phillips on

You may recall that President Trump signed an executive order on the day of his inauguration directing all agencies to minimize the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pending its repeal. You may recall also that...more

Will Employers’ ACA Obligations Change Under the Trump Administration?

by Perkins Coie on

During his campaign, President-elect Trump promised to make the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a priority. Now that the election is over, what should employers expect? We don’t have a crystal ball,...more

When Anything Less than 95% is a Failing Grade: An Update on the Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties

by Snell & Wilmer on

As a reminder, effective January 1, 2016, employers must offer minimum essential coverage to 95% or more (up from 70% or more for 2015) of their full-time employees and their dependents each month or pay a very steep penalty....more

Refresher Course on Affordable Care Act Individual and Employer Penalties For Not Having Health Insurance

by Dickinson Wright on

Even though penalties for failure to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage requirements have been in force since January 1, 2014 for employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees and January 1, 2015 for...more

Code § 4980H: The Tax The Beatles Missed

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The Tax Man, it turns out, also may assess you for failing to offer substantially all your full-time employees and their dependents affordable, qualifying group health coverage during 2015. We’re swamped with employer...more

Gaming the System? ERISA Interference Lawsuit Targets ACA-Driven Reduction of Hours Strategy

by King & Spalding on

In a case believed to be the first of its kind, a recent class action claim has accused an employer of reducing hours of employees to avoid having to provide health coverage as required under the Patient Protection and...more

End of Year Issues Impacting Employer Health Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

With the end of 2015 fast approaching, employers should be aware of certain issues under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 14 of 24): Coding Form 1095-C, Part II for...

When reporting offers of coverage to full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules, much of the detail appears in Part II of IRS Form 1095-C, Lines 14, 15 and 16. For the most...more

New Legislation Extends Future Form 5500 and 990 Deadlines, Affects Veterans Health Benefits and Extends Excess Pension Asset...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015, temporarily extending the Highway Trust Fund to provide continued funding for federal transportation...more

Final Forms and Instructions for ACA Information Reporting Released

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS recently released the final forms and instructions for information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The final forms and instructions will be used for reporting in 2016 concerning 2015 coverage. The...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 9 of 24): Unraveling the Mystery of Indicator...

The Affordable Care Act’s reporting rules—which are set out in Internal Revenue Code §§ 6055 and 6056—solicit the information needed by the Internal Revenue Service to enforce the individual and employer shared responsibility...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 6 of 24): Reporting Group Health Plan Opt-Out...

Under a common strategy for controlling group health care plan costs, employers sometimes adopt arrangements under which an employee is offered cash as an incentive to waive coverage. These arrangements are colloquially...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 5 of 24): Reporting of Health Reimbursement...

As we reported last week, the IRS recently issued draft 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. These instructions are of interest to applicable large employers who must report their compliance with the Affordable Care...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers: The Basics (Part 3 of 24)

Alden Bianchi, Chair of Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, will provide a weekly installment on the complex reporting obligations outlined by the Affordable Care Act for health insurance...more

The Impact of King v. Burwell on “Applicable Large Employers”

Reports in the popular media portrayed King v. Burwell as a case involving premium tax subsidies used to purchase health insurance from public exchanges or marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to an...more

Student Employees and the Affordable Care Act – Part 1 of 4: Can we exclude student workers from our health plan?

Educational institutions employ students in a variety of positions including work-study positions, teaching and research assistantships, and resident assistantships. This four-part series will discuss several issues that...more

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