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Labor Department Initiative Could Permit Gig Workers To Obtain Healthcare Benefits

by Fisher Phillips on

Among my list of “must-read” workplace law summaries is the weekly “Punching In” column put out by Chris Opfer and Ben Penn over at Bloomberg Law’s Labor and Employment Blog every Monday morning. This week’s edition contains...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

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

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), the most comprehensive tax reform passed in decades. The majority of the changes in the TCJA affect individual and corporate income...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

Back to the Future: California Employment Bills Likely to Resurface in 2018

by Littler on

As discussed in a prior article, unsuccessful bills proposed in the California legislature in 2017 can carry over into the 2018 session. State lawmakers may revive measures that did not make it through both chambers of the...more

Issue 116: Due Date Extended For Employers To Provide Reports To Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the one hundred and sixteenth 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

Vermont Legislative Preview 12-27-2017 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic lawmakers spent much of the last legislative session circling each other like wary boxers, taking short jabs but each side reluctant to fully engage. Democrats seemed to be genuinely perplexed...more

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As it did last year, the IRS has extended the deadline for furnishing Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to individuals by 30 days. This reprieve will allow employers, health insurers, and other plan sponsors to distribute the forms on...more

New Tax Law Provisions Affect Employee Benefit Programs

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) recently enacted by Congress will soon become effective. The primary focus of the new law is the reduction of corporate and individual income taxes. Nevertheless, a number of provisions...more

The Impact of the 2017 Tax Reforms on Employment-Based Benefits and Tax-Favored Compensation

by BakerHostetler on

Whenever the United States Congress takes up “tax reform,” there always is a danger that the Congress will pay for such tax reform, in part, by eliminating many of the tax incentives that enable employers to provide...more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

IRS Letter 226J: The Million-Dollar Letter (And How To Respond)

by Varnum LLP on

The IRS has recently started sending employers “Letter 226J,” which is a proposed assessment of Employer Shared Responsibility Payments (ESRPs) under the Affordable Care Act. The IRS sends Letter 226J if it determines that...more

Memo to Massachusetts Employers for 2018 and 2019: How Not to Comply with the EMAC New Rules

In a November 20, 2017 post, we reported on Massachusetts’ passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the...more

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

‘Tis the Season for ACA Penalties

by Polsinelli on

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

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

The Friday Five: Five Current ERISA Litigation Highlights

On November 29, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) further delayed and extended the applicability date of the 2016 Final Rule amending claims procedures for ERISA-covered employee benefit plans. Previously, the Final Rule...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

Update: New York Paid Family Leave Law Becomes Effective on January 1, 2018

As we previously reported, New York State adopted the New York Paid Family Leave Law (“Paid Leave Law”) back in April 2016. The Paid Leave Law, which requires employers in New York State to provide up to 12 weeks of paid...more

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

Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

by Littler on

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

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