Legal & Regulatory

  • Adviser help needed to quell employer Cadillac tax fears

    October 21, 2014

    Although the ACA’s excise tax doesn’t go into effect until 2018, employers are already fearful — benefit advisers should be offering ideas and solutions to calm their fears.

  • Why introducing egg freezing coverage and other plan changes can be a slippery slope

    October 17, 2014

    Several tech companies this week announced they would be adding egg freezing benefits to their health plan. While that may sound like a nice perk to some, making this and other benefit plan changes comes with risks that your employer clients, with your help, should consider.

  • Small business health care tax credits may be reduced for tax-exempt employers

    October 16, 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service said that the sequestration process could have an impact on the amount that certain small tax-exempt employers receive on the refundable portion of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.

  • New CEO lays out 2015 enrollment goals

    October 16, 2014

    The new CEO of the federal health insurance marketplace, Kevin Counihan, knows there is room for improvement, but says new processes have ready for 2015 open enrollment.

  • 5 ACA issues employers should be following

    October 14, 2014

    With the Affordable Care Act’s new reporting requirements fast approaching, employers and their benefit advisers need more than ever to keep abreast of what’s happening with the ever-changing health care reform law. Here are five ACA issues the national law firm Epstein Becker Green says employers need to be following.

  • Edison case raises concerns about ERISA statute of limitation protections

    October 3, 2014

    The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear Tibble v. Edison International, a case in which the plaintiffs contend their ERISA plan fiduciaries breached their duty of prudence by offering higher-cost retail-class mutual funds to 401(k) plan participants, even though identical lower-cost institutional-class mutual funds were available.

  • Employers face crackdown over worker misclassification

    September 29, 2014

    Since the onset of the recession, there has been a surge in worker misclassification litigation and enforcement against employers that are trying to effectively manage their finances, but are incorrectly classifying their workforces.

  • remains vulnerable to security threats, GAO finds

    September 17, 2014

    Increased and unnecessary risks to security remain, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has failed to implement and address security issues, the GAO says.

  • Obamacare to kick out 115,000 lacking residency proof

    September 16, 2014

    About 115,000 people who signed up for Obamacare and may not be legal residents of the U.S. will lose their insurance coverage at the end of the month, the government said Monday.

  • High-deductible CDHPs part of ongoing cost containment strategy

    September 12, 2014

    New research points to low-cost consumer-directed plans as being a key strategy in thwarting rising health benefit costs.

  • IRS drafts instructions for ACA reporting requirements

    September 11, 2014

    They promised they would be coming and now they have. The Internal Revenue Service has issued draft instructions to help employers and plan sponsors comply with the Affordable Care Act’s 2015 reporting requirements.

  • First steps to take with IRS draft ACA reporting instructions

    September 4, 2014

    The IRS has released long-awaited draft instructions for the forms employers will use to comply with the ACA’s employer mandate, giving benefit advisers and their clients a glimpse of the work ahead for 2015 and how to begin preparing now.

  • ACA tax rule gets rehearing by full appeals court

    September 4, 2014

    The full U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington will rehear a recent court decision that found the ACA's premium subsidies invalid in more than two dozen states due to the law’s specific language. A rehearing may reduce the chances of a new Supreme Court showdown over a central element of the health reform law.

  • IRS releases draft instructions for ACA reporting forms

    August 29, 2014

    The IRS has posted draft instructions for the various Affordable Care Act reporting that will be done for calendar year 2015 and while the instructions provide much needed guidance for employers and insurers, they also confirm the daunting complexity of the reporting task.

  • How employers can limit exposure to ACA’s pay-or-play penalties

    August 28, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility requires large employers to offer group health plan coverage or face the prospect of having to pay money to the government. As a result, more and more employers are considering these strategies to help reduce or eliminate their exposure to penalties.

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