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February 15, 2017 - IRS Releases Guidance on Taxation of Fixed-Indemnity and Wellness Program Payments

February 10, 2017 - IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Redefining Dependent for Federal Tax Purposes

February 1, 2017 - FMLA Notice Failure is FMLA Interference

January 26, 2017 - Trump Administration Issues Executive Order to Curtail "Economic Burden" of ACA

January 19, 2017 - IRS Updates Guidance on ACA Information Reporting by Health Coverage Providers

January 12, 2017 - IRS Delays Final Rules on Impact of Opt-Out Payments on ACA Affordability Analysis

January 5, 2017 - Agencies Release ACA FAQs XXXV

December 29, 2016 - HHS Releases New Out-of-Pocket Maximums for 2018

December 23, 2016 - DOL Releases Final Regulations for Disability Benefit Claims Procedures

December 15, 2016 - Small Employers May Resume Offering Premium Reimbursement HRAs to Employees

December 9, 2016 - Covered Entity Agrees to Pay HHS $400,000 to Settle HIPAA Violations

December 1, 2016 - IRS Extends Deadline for ALEs to Distribute 2016 ACA Reporting Forms to Individuals

November 28, 2016 - Employment Law Alert - Preliminary Injunction Issued Against Department Of Labor's Overtime Rule

November 22, 2016 - IRS Releases 2017 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans, Health FSA and HSA Limits Increase

November 18, 2016 - Agencies Release Informational Copy of 2016 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report

November 10, 2016 - Agencies Release ACA FAQs XXXIV

November 3, 2016 - Final Regulations Address Various ACA Topics

October 27, 2016 - Court Determines Employer's Severance Plan is Subject to ERISA

October 20, 2016 - Court Says Employer Can Require Health Risk Assessments for Medical Coverage

October 13, 2016 - IRS Releases Final Version of ACA Reporting Forms for 2016

October 6, 2016 - Court Finds Employee Benefit Trust Fund's Trustee, Legal Counsel Liable for Retaliating Against ERISA Whistleblower

October 4, 2016 - Employment Law Alert - EEOC Updates Reporting Requirements for its EEO-1 Report

September 29, 2016 - State Law May Prohibit Discretionary Clauses in ERISA-covered Plans

September 22, 2016 - Court Rules that Employer Liable for Death Benefit

September 15, 2016 - IRS Issues Final Regulations Redefining Spouse for Federal Tax Purposes

September 8, 2016 - Employee Classifications Irrelevant in Determining Shared Responsibility Penalties

August 31, 2016 - HHS to Increase Investigations of PHI Breaches Affecting Fewer than 500 Individuals

August 25, 2016 - IRS Announces 2017 HSA Limits

August 18, 2016 - Draft Instructions for 2016 ACA Reporting Forms

August 11, 2016 - Responding to ACA Marketplace Notices

August 4, 2016 - IRS Guidance on Impact of Opt-out Payments on ACA Affordability

July 28, 2016 - Medicare-Enrolled Employees' Impact on ACA's Employer Mandate Penalty

July 21, 2016 - Agencies Propose Revisions to Forms 5500 Filed by Welfare Benefit Plans

July 14, 2016 - Agencies' Proposed Regulations Significantly Limit Short-term Medical Insurance Availability

July 7, 2016 - IRS Confirms ACA Information Returns May Continue to be Electronically Filed without Penalty

June 30, 2016 - EEOC Issues Guidance on Notice Requirements for Wellness Programs that Solicit Medical Information

June 29, 2016 - Employment Law Alert - Important Decision for Employers on Discrimination Claims and Retaliation

June 23, 2016 - New Guidance from DOL on Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

June 17, 2016 - Agencies Release Guidance on Application of ACA Rules to Expatriate Health Plans

June 10, 2016 - IRS Releases Guidance to Address the Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Incentives

June 3, 2016 - Agencies Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Template

May 26, 2016 - EEOC Issues New Regulations on Employer-Provided Leave

May 24, 2016 - Employment Law Alert - DOL Issues New FLSA Overtime Pay Regulations

May 19, 2016 - EEOC Issues Final Regulations on Employer Wellness Programs

May 12, 2016 - IRS Releases ACA Affordability Rates for 2017

May 5, 2016 - DOL Releases New FMLA Guide and General Notice for Employers to Use

April 28, 2016 - Agencies Release ACA FAQ XXXI

April 21, 2016 - Second Circuit Addresses Situation Where Plan Fails to Follow DOL's Claims-Procedure Regulation

April 14, 2016 - First Circuit: Benefit Denial Letters must Explain Plan's Deadline for filing a Lawsuit

April 7, 2016 - IRS Guidance on Employer Reimbursement of Individual Health Insurance Premiums

April 1, 2016 - Correcting Mistakes on ACA Reporting Forms

March 24, 2016 - Federal Court Rules HR Director May Be Individually Liable Under FMLA

March 17, 2016 - HHS Releases New Out-of-Pocket Maximums for 2017

March 10, 2016 - Supreme Court: ERISA Preempts Vermont Health Data Collection Law as Applied to Self-Funded Plans

March 3, 2016 - Agencies Propose Revised SBC Template

February 26, 2016 - No Discretionary Authority Without Clear and Specific Language

February 19, 2016 - Agencies Release Guidance on ACA Issues Impacting Student Employees

February 11, 2016 - IRS Issues Guidance on Reallocation of VEBA Assets

February 4, 2016 - Guidance on Individuals' HIPAA Right to Access PHI

January 28, 2016 - New HIPAA Privacy Rule Allows Disclosures of PHI for Firearms Background Checks

January 21, 2016 - IRS Guidance Implements Retroactive Changes to 2015 Transit Benefit Limits

January 14, 2016 - Employer-Provided Identity Protection Benefits Are Tax Exempt

January 8, 2016 - IRS Provides Guidance on Various ACA Provisions

December 29, 2015 - Guidance on Health Reimbursement Arrangements

December 22, 2015 - Inflation Adjustment for ACA's Employer Penalties

December 18, 2015 - IRS Issues Guidance on Same-sex Spouse Decision

December 10, 2015 - DOL Says Certain Stop-Loss Insurance Policies Are Not Plan Assets

December 3, 2015 - DOL Issues Proposed Regulations Implementing ACA Protections for Disability Claims

November 24, 2015 - 2016 Medicare Part A Deductibles and Part B Premiums

November 20, 2015 - Agencies Issue Final Regulations Implementing Certain ACA Provisions

November 13, 2015 - Recently-Enacted Legislation Repeals ACA's Automatic Enrollment Requirement

November 6, 2015 - EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs and GINA

October 30, 2015 - ACA FAQs XXIX Address Coverage of Preventive Services

October 22, 2015 - ACA's PCORI Fee Increases

October 15, 2015 - Legislation Amends ACA's Definitions of Large and Small Employer

October 8, 2015 - ACA Reporting Requirements for Multiemployer Plans

October 2, 2015 - HHS's Office of Civil Rights to Launch New Round of HIPAA Audits

September 24, 2015 - IRS Grants Relief for many Integrated HRAs in Final Instructions for ACA Reporting Forms

September 18, 2015 - IRS Issues New Proposed "Minimum Value" Regulations

September 11, 2015 - HHS Issues Proposed Regulations Implementing ACA's Nondiscrimination Protections

September 3, 2015 - Federal Court Rules that Plan Must Provide Notice of Limitation Period in Benefit Denial Letter

August 27, 2015 - Federal Court Provides Test for Whether Severance Pay Policy is an ERISA Plan

August 20, 2015 - New Legislation Impacts ACA Employer Mandate Application, HSA Eligibility

August 13, 2015 - ACA FAQs Address Cost-Sharing Limits

August 7, 2015 - More Guidance and More Questions on Cadillac Tax

July 30, 2015 - COBRA Tax Credit Reinstated

July 23, 2015 - ACA Reporting Penalties Increased

July 16, 2015 - Agencies Issue Final Regulations on ACA's Preventive Services Mandate

July 10, 2015 - Impact of the Latest Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

July 1, 2015 - Supreme Court Upholds ACA's Premium Tax Credits

June 25, 2015 - Final Revised SBC Regulations Issued

June 18, 2015 - DOL Releases New FMLA Forms

June 12, 2015 - Court Rules that ERISA's Hold-in-Trust Requirement Does Not Require Express Words

June 4, 2015 - IRS Issues Updated Guidance on ACA Reporting Requirements for Large Employers

May 28, 2015 - Repeal of Cadillac Tax Proposed

May 21, 2015 - ACA FAQs Address Coverage of Preventive Services

May 15, 2015 - Federal Court Finds Employer Failed to Deliver SPD Because it Failed to Follow ERISA's Electronic Disclosure Rules

May 7, 2015 - IRS Announces 2016 HSA Limits

April 30, 2015 - SPD Alone Cannot Grant Plan Administrator Discretionary Authority to Determine Eligibility for Benefits

April 23, 2015 - Employer Breached Fiduciary Duty by Issuing Inaccurate SPD

April 17, 2015 - EEOC Issues Proposed Rules for Wellness Programs

April 10, 2015 - Agencies Issue Final Regulations on Limited Wraparound Coverage

April 3, 2015 - Federal Judge Stops DOL's Enforcement of New FMLA Same-sex Spouse Rule

March 31, 2015 - Employment Law Alert - Supreme Court Provides Guidance Regarding Pregnant Employees' Requests for Accommodations

March 26, 2015 - HHS Guidance Clarifies ACA's Cost-Sharing Rules

March 20, 2015 - IRS Issues Guidance on ACA's Individual Mandate Exemptions

March 13, 2015 - ACA FAQs Address Supplemental Health Coverage That Qualifies as Excepted Benefits

March 5, 2015 - IRS Issues Guidance on ACA's Cadillac Tax

February 27, 2015 - IRS Provides Transition Relief for Small Employer Health Premium Reimbursements

February 20, 2015 - IRS Releases ACA-Related Tax Forms

February 11, 2015 - Calendar Year Plans Must Submit Creditable Coverage Disclosure Notices to CMS by March 1

February 5, 2015 - Health and Welfare Law Alert Exclusion of Same-Sex Spouse Doesn't Violate ERISA

January 29, 2015 - Supreme Court: Ordinary Contract Law Determines Whether Retiree Health Benefits Vest

January 22, 2015 - IRS Issues Forms and Instructions for Individual Mandate and Premium Tax Credits

January 16, 2015 - Fourth Circuit: Plan Administrators Must Obtain Readily Available Information for Claims Determination

January 9, 2015 - Agencies Issue Guidance on Limited Wraparound Coverage

December 31, 2014 - Agencies Propose Changes to SBC

December 24, 2014 - 2015 Medicare Part A Deductibles and Part B Premiums

December 18, 2014 - ACA FAQs XXII Confirm that Employers Can't Reimburse Employees for Individual Premiums

December 11, 2014 - EEOC Sues Employer over Wellness Program, Claiming ADA and GINA Violations

December 4, 2014 - IRS Releases Final Regulations on Affordable Care Act's Individual Mandate

November 26, 2014 - IRS Releases 2015 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans, Health FSA and HSA Limits Increase

November 13, 2014 - Supreme Court to Rule on Affordable Care Act Subsidy Challenge

November 6, 2014 - Enforcement of HIPAA's HPID Requirements Delayed

October 29, 2014 - Affordable Care Act's Reinsurance Fee Deadline Rapidly Approaching

October 23, 2014 - Agencies Issue Guidance on Applicability of PPACA's Cost-Sharing Limitations to Reference-Based Pricing

October 16, 2014 - Agencies Issue Final Rules for Excepted Benefits

October 10, 2014 - HHS Issues Guidance on How the Supreme Court's Windsor Decision Impacts HIPAA Privacy Rule

October 3, 2014 - IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to PPACA's Full-time Employee Measurement Periods

September 25, 2014 - IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to Cafeteria Plan Election Rules

September 18, 2014 - Federal Court Provides Guidance on Employees' FMLA Right to Return to Work

September 11, 2014 - Court Ruling Makes It More Difficult for Employers to Defend Against FMLA Lawsuits

September 4, 2014 - Health Plan Identifier Application Deadline Approaching for Self-Insured Group Health Plans

August 28, 2014 - EEOC Sues Employer for Violating ADA Wellness Program Rules

August 21, 2014 - IRS Releases Draft Forms for PPACA's Employer Reporting Requirements

August 14, 2014 - Plan Must Inform Participant of Time Limitation on Initiating Lawsuit

August 7, 2014 - IRS Guidance Explains Process for Obtaining Refunds for Taxation of Same-Sex Spousal Health Coverage

July 31, 2014 - DOL Issues FAQs to Address Disclosure Requirement for Reduction of Contraceptive Coverage

July 24, 2014 - Conflicting Rulings on PPACA Premium Subsidies

July 17, 2014 - Massachusetts Repeals Employer Health Care Coverage Mandate

July 10, 2014 - Supreme Court Rules Certain Religious Employers Exempt from PPACA's Contraceptive Mandate

July 3, 2014 - Guidance on Permitted Orientation Periods under PPACA

June 26, 2014 - DOL Proposes Rule Extending FMLA Rights of Same-Sex Couples

June 19, 2014 - Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case Allowing Recoupment of Benefit Overpayment

June 12, 2014 - Court Rules Plaintiff's Inability to Work, not Employer's FMLA Failure, Caused Harm

June 5, 2014 - Court Rules "Clear Notice" Standard Applies when Plan Administrators Respond to Document Requests from Participants

May 29, 2014 - HSA Limits Announced

May 22, 2014 - Court Affirms $5 Million Award Against TPA for Breaching ERISA Fiduciary Duty

May 15, 2014 - Special Marketplace Enrollment Period for COBRA Beneficiaries

May 8, 2014 - DOL Amends COBRA Notices

May 1, 2014 - IRS Releases Guidance on HRA Coverage for Non-Dependent Domestic Partners

April 24, 2014 - Employees Can Waive FMLA Rights for Past Violations

April 17, 2014 - Court Rules Employers Must Treat Employees on Military Leave Like Those on Comparable Leaves

April 10, 2014 - IRS Provides Guidance on Health Flexible Spending Accounts

April 3, 2014 - Certain Types of Severance Pay is Subject to FICA Taxes

March 27, 2014 - Insurers Offering Opposite-Sex Spousal Coverage Must Offer Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses

March 20, 2014 - Final Regulations on PPACA's Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting Requirements

March 13, 2014 - Final Regulations on PPACA's Large Employer Reporting Requirements

March 6, 2014 - SPD Does Not Trump Terms of Group Health Plan

February 27, 2014 - Final Regulations on PPACA's 90-Day Waiting Period

February 20, 2014 - Welfare Plan Not Entitled to Recoup Mistaken Payments Made to Hospital

February 14, 2014 - IRS Releases Final Regulations Implementing PPACA's Employer Mandate

February 6, 2014 - FMLA Covers Vacations with Terminally Ill Relatives

January 30, 2014 - IRS Modifies "Unaffordability" Provisions of the Individual Shared Responsibility Rules

January 23, 2014 - LTD Insurer Must Consider Evidence Developed During SSDI Application Process

January 16, 2014 - DOL Issues FAQ Part 18 on Implementing PPACA

January 9, 2014 - Supreme Court Rules ERISA Plan's Limitations Period for Filing Lawsuit is Enforceable

January 2, 2014 - Agencies Expand Definition of "Excepted Benefits"

December 26, 2013 - CMS Announces 2014 Medicare Part A Deductibles and Part B Premiums

December 19, 2013 - IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Same-Sex Spouses

December 12, 2013 - Punitive Damages Appropriate for Breach of Fiduciary Duty

December 5, 2012 - HHS Delays SHOP On-line Enrollments until November 2014

November 27, 2013 - IRS Releases 2014 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans

November 21, 2013 - HHS Adopts Transition Rule Allowing Renewal of Noncompliant Health Insurance Policies

November 14, 2013 - DOL, HHS and IRS Release Final Mental Health Parity Regulations

November 7, 2013 - IRS Modifies "Use-it-or-Lose-it" Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

October 31, 2013 - Massachusetts Eliminates State's Premium Conversion Plan Requirement

October 24, 2013 - HHS to Start Permanent HIPAA Audit Program in 2014

October 17, 2013 - IRS Provides Guidance on Application of PPACA to HRAs and Health FSAs

October 10, 2013 - Guidance on Exchange Notices and 90-Day Waiting Period Limit

October 3, 2013 - IRS Notice Provides Procedures to Correct Overwithholdings and Overpayments Related to Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

September 26, 2013 - IRS Reconciles Conflict Between PPACA and HSA Rules

September 19, 2013 - IRS Issues Proposed Reporting Regulations

September 12, 2013 - Final Individual Shared Responsibility Rules Issued

September 5, 2013 - IRS Confirms All Same-Sex Marriages will be Recognized for Federal Tax Purposes

August 29, 2013 - First Circuit Holds Clause in Disability Plan Contract Does Not Give Insurer Discretionary Authority

August 22, 2013 - HIPAA Covered Entity pays $1.2 Million to HHS to Settle Photocopier Security Breach

August 15, 2013 - DOL Guidance Confirms FMLA Leave Available to Same-Sex Spouses in States Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage

August 8, 2013 - Massachusetts Connector to Terminate All Employers' "Voluntary Plans" and Pre-tax Contributions

August 1, 2013 - Covered Entity Pays $1.7 Million Settlement to Resolve HIPAA Violations

July 25, 2013 - Employer's COBRA Failures Result in $1.85 Million Penalty

July 18, 2013 - IRS Provides Transitional Relief from Individual Mandate Penalties - Massachusetts' Fair Share Penalty Repealed Despite Delay in Employer Mandate

July 11, 2013 - IRS Rules that PCORI Fees Are Deductible

July 3, 2013 - PPACA's Employer Penalties Delayed Until 2015

June 27, 2013 - Part of DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

June 20, 2013 - Participants Given Incorrect Information about Scope of Group Health Coverage May Receive Monetary Damages

June 13, 2013 - Third Circuit Upholds Penalty for Inadvertent Failure to Provide COBRA Notice

June 6, 2013 - Agencies Issue Final Wellness Program Regulations

May 30, 2013 - HSA Limits Announced; Massachusetts' Individual Mandate to Continue into 2014

May 23, 2013 - DOL Issues Updated Model COBRA Election Notice

May 16, 2013 - DOL Issues Guidance on PPACA Exchange Notices

May 9, 2013 - IRS Explains How HSAs, HRAs and Wellness Programs Factor into Minimum Value and Affordability Calculations

May 2, 2013 - Health Care Reform FAQs Update SBC Guidance

April 25, 2013 - Supreme Court Decides Equitable Doctrines Do Not Override Terms of ERISA Group Health Plan

April 18, 2013 - DOL Issues Guidance on Whistleblower Protections under PPACA

April 11, 2103 - States Consider Legislation to Limit Stop-Loss Coverage for Self-Funded Health Plans

April 4, 2013 - DOL Issues Regulations on MEWA Reporting and Enforcement under PPACA

March 28, 2013 - Regulations Proposed on PPACA's 90-day Waiting Period; HIPAA Certificates

March 21, 2013 - DOL Releases PPACA and HIPAA Self-Compliance Tools

March 14, 2013 - HHS Issues Final Regulations on PPACA's Transitional Reinsurance Fees

March 7, 2013 - Recently Released Health Care Reform FAQs Address Cost Sharing Limits and Coverage of Preventive Services

February 28, 2013 - HHS Issues Final Regulations on Essential Health Benefits and Plan Value under PPACA

February 21, 2013 - DOL Updates Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program

February 14, 2013 - Individual Shared Responsibility Penalty

February 7, 2013 - Recently Released Health Care Reform FAQs Address Exchange Notice and HRAs

January 31, 2013 - HHS Issues Final Regulations Implementing Provisions of the HITECH Act

January 24, 2013 - Fiscal Cliff Legislation Impacts Employer-Provided Fringe Benefits

January 17, 2013 - IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on PPACA's Employer Pay-or-Play Penalties

January 10, 2013 - IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on PPACA's Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions

January 3, 2013 - HHS Issues Proposed Regulations on PPACA's Transitional Reinsurance Program Fees

December 20, 2012 - IRS Releases Final Regulations on PPACA's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Fees

December 13, 2012 - CMS Issues Guidance Implementing PPACA's Health Insurance Market Reforms

December 6, 2012 - HHS Issues Guidance on Determining PPACA's Essential Health Benefits and Minimum Value

November 29, 2012 - Agencies Issue New Proposed Wellness Program Regulations

November 15, 2012 - IRS Releases 2013 Limits for Welfare Benefit Plans

November 8, 2012 - Court Rules Employee's FMLA Lawsuit Permits Disclosure of Spouse's Medical Records

November 1, 2012 - Court Finds Insurer is Proper Party in ERISA Benefits Lawsuit

October 25, 2012 - Defense of Marriage Act Again Declared Unconstitutional

October 18, 2012 - Theft of Unencrypted Laptop Results in $1.5 Million HIPAA Security Rule Settlement

October 11, 2012 - Severance Payments and FICA

October 4, 2012 - Court Examines Interplay of COBRA and USERRA

September 27, 2012 - Employer, Not Insurer, May Be Liable for COBRA Coverage

September 20, 2012 - IRS Issues Guidance on PPACA's 90-Day Group Health Plan Waiting Period Limitation

September 13, 2012 - IRS Issues Guidance on Determining Full-Time Employees for PPACA's Employer Mandate

September 6, 2012 - Employer Liable for Extending Health Care Coverage Without Insurer Approval

August 30, 2012 - Eleventh Circuit Determines Whether Wellness Program Complies with ADA Requirements

August 23, 2012 - HHS Issues Guidance on PPACA's Nondiscrimination Rules for Health Programs and Activities

August 16, 2012 - Changes to Fair Share Contribution Test; SBCs Not Required for Medicare Advantage Plans

August 9, 2012 - Massachusetts Enacts Health Care Reform Legislation Aimed at Cost Containment

August 2, 2012 - HHS Issues Final Rule on Defining Essential Health Benefits

July 26, 2012 - Some States Refuse to Establish Exchanges

July 19, 2012 - HIPAA Audit Protocol

July 12, 2012 - PPACA Is Constitutional; What Should Employers Do Next?

July 5, 2012 - Court Finds SPD Satisfies Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act Notice Requirements

June 21, 2012 - House Passes Bill That Would Limit the Use-it-or-Lose-it Rule for Health FSAs

June 14, 2012 - Part of Defense of Marriage Act Ruled Unconstitutional

June 7, 2012 - IRS Issues Guidance on Salary Reduction Contribution Limits for Health FSAs

May 31, 2012 - IRS Releases Final Regulations Explaining PPACA's Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit

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