Employee Benefits

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    It’s common for employers to provide certain benefits for their employees, many of which are subject to strict rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code, and other laws. Employee benefits can include:  Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; Medical, dental, and vision insurance;...

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    The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 began an extended period during which far-reaching changes to the American healthcare system started taking effect. The provisions of the ACA go into effect over several years. Immediate Reforms The ACA included several provisions that immediately affected employers by subjecting health...

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    “Qualifying events” are events that cause an individual to lose his or her group health coverage and trigger a plan’s COBRA obligations. The type of qualifying event determines who the qualified beneficiaries are for that event and the period of time that a plan must offer continuation coverage. For more information on this...

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    Employers know only too well the tightening effect that continued growth has had on the labor market. Human resource publications constantly are regaling their readers with tales of employers competing for scarce employees using techniques like allowing employees to bring their pets to work or hosting job fairs for convicts. Yet is all that...

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    Guidance on retirement plan fee disclosure rules released The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has issued guidance meant to help plan administrators and service providers comply with the requirements of new rules improving the transparency of fees and investment expenses in retirement plans....
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    By Stacey Rose Harris DiMuroGinsberg, P.C.   This is the third and final article in our series addressing your obligations under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, commonly referred to as COBRA. Under COBRA, employers with 20 or more employees must allow employees to purchase health insurance after a “...
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    Although the controversial individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also known as “Obamacare”—has received the bulk of attention from both legal scholars and the popular press, another important aspect of the law that employers should be aware of concerns wellness programs. The ACA provides new incentives...
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    Many employers waited to address the ACA’s 2014 changes Most employers waited for the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before addressing the law’s provisions that go into effect in 2014 or later, according to a survey of more than 4,000 employers by Mercer. Additionally, although 40 percent of the...
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    By Sara E. Hauptfuehrer Steptoe & Johnson PLLC We have previously reported on the final rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) requirements. Since then, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the IRS, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, “the departments...
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    By Lorraine Yeomans The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken, ending its spring 2012 term with surprising and polarizing results in one of the most hotly anticipated decisions of the past several years. NFIB v. Secretary Sebelius, Department of Health and Human Services On June 29th in a 5-4 decision delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., the...
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