Tag Archives: Health plans

ACA Transitional Relief: What Employers Ought to Know

Leading employee benefits attorneys recently discussed rules on calculating workforces and identifying to whom the employer must make an offer of coverage. Vanessa Scott, a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Washington, D.C., and Malcolm Slee, of Counsel at the Groom…

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Cafeteria Plans Can Help Employers Avoid Pay-or-Play Penalties

Employer contributions to a Section 125 cafeteria plan can be deducted from the employee’s cost of a health plan for purposes of determining the affordability of coverage, final IRS rules on minimum essential coverage published on Nov. 26 (79 Fed….

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DOL: Cafeteria Plans and Cash Alone Fail ACA Employer Mandate

Employers cannot simply give employees extra money to buy individual health insurance — whether through health reimbursement arrangements, health flexible spending arrangements or just plain cash — and expect to avoid “shared responsibility” penalties, the IRS with the U.S. Departments…

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After Pondering King, SCOTUS Stalls on Reform Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet acted on a request to hear a case that seeks to eliminate health insurance premium subsidies in the states that refused to set up their own health insurance exchanges. The High Court discussed…

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Third EEOC Wellness Lawsuit Draws Industry Ire

An employer group criticized the latest legal challenge to an employee wellness program filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The commission alleges that Honeywell International, Inc.’s biometric testing incentive for employees and their spouses violates the Americans with…

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Health Care Reform Mandates: Impending Dates

The next three months are crunch time. Employers have to get moving on several deadlines, most of them required under health care reform. Some reform rules should have taken effect in 2014, but were subject to the year-long delay instituted…

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Decisions Must be Made on How Employers Will Manage Section 6055/56 Reporting

Employers deciding how to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s reporting requirements have important housekeeping questions to decide, such as: (1) who will take phone calls from the IRS and employees about ACA forms; (2) whether electronic filing (for the…

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Rules Describe How Employers Will Identify Full-timers through Job Changes

New guidance from the IRS proposes new approaches to the application of the look-back measurement method, which employers use to determine if an employee is full-time or part-time for purposes of the employer mandate. Notice 2014-49 covers situations such as…

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Employer Plan Entitled to $281K after Employee and Lawyer Lied about Settlement Funds

An employer-sponsored health plan was entitled to full recovery of more than $131,700 in funds, plus more than $149,000 in attorney’s fees, after it came to light that a plan participant and her attorneys tried to con the plan by…

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Signature Authority Can Trigger ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility

One of the most sensitive — and often misunderstood — aspects of being an executive of a company with a retirement plan is knowing when senior leaders are fiduciaries for the plan. A recent federal case added some clarity when…

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