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Tyll v. Stanley Black & Decker: When Plan Ambiguity Cost An Employer $4 Million
An employer learned the full cost of ambiguity when a Connecticut federal district court agreed with an employee's widow that the word "maximum" was ambiguous in the company's life
United States
19 Sep 2019
Genetic Testing Kits And FSAs
The IRS issued a private letter ruling (PLR) this week indicating that an FSA (and presumably an HSA and HRA) may reimburse a portion of the purchase of genetic testing and reports regarding ancestry
United States
28 Aug 2019
A New Day For The HRA
The Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services have released final rules removing the prohibition on pairing HRAs with individual health policies.
United States
2 Aug 2019
SCOTUS Refuses To Review Ninth Circuit Ruling On ACA Birth Control Rules
The US Supreme Court declined to review a recent Ninth Circuit decision, blocking the interim rules that exempted employers with religious or moral objections from providing birth control
United States
19 Jul 2019
DOL Offers Interim Relief For Employers' Association Health Plans
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) responded to the district court decision striking down the final regulations expanding the ability for a group of unrelated employers to form an organization
United States
23 May 2019
Court Puts Association Health Plans In Limbo
On March 28, a District of Columbia federal court agreed with a New York-led challenge by a group of 11 states and the District of Columbia and found that the Department of Labor's
United States
26 Apr 2019
A Momentary Victory For The ACA: Federal Judge Issues A Nationwide Injunction Against Trump Administration's Contraceptive Coverage Carve Outs
On January 14, 2019, US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration's carveouts to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate.
United States
29 Jan 2019
Death By A Thousand Cuts–Will The ACA Survive?
Late in the afternoon on Friday, December 14, Federal US District Judge Reed O'Connor struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety, a feat that was, for the past few years,
United States
20 Dec 2018
Deadline Extended For Individual Good Faith Reporting And Transition Relief Under ACA
Yesterday, the IRS released Notice 2018-94. This notice extends the due date for furnishing to individuals the 2018 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage
United States
4 Dec 2018
Paving The Way For More HRAs
President Trump signed an executive order last year directing the Secretaries of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations to "increase the usability of HRAs."
United States
7 Nov 2018
Hidden Costs In Benefit Contracts: What You Don't Know May Cost You
During our Tax in the City roundtable event in Dallas, Erin Turley and Judith Wethall presented on the hidden costs in benefit contracts.
United States
11 Oct 2018
Wellness Initiatives And Designing Consumer Driven Health Plans
During the most recent Tax in the City event in Dallas, Partners Erin Turley and Judith Wethall, presented on the rise of consumer driven health care. Some popular programs they discussed include...
United States
25 Sep 2018
All Together Now: DOL Finalizes Rule For Association Health Plans
The US Department of Labor published a final rule that makes it easier for a group or association of employers to act as a single "employer" sponsor of an Association Health Plan under ERISA.
United States
3 Jul 2018
IRS Releases FAQs On Paid Family And Medical Leave Credit
The IRS released guidance in April on the new credit for paid family and medical leave.
United States
18 Jun 2018
IRS Announces HSA Contribution Limit Increase For 2018
On April 26, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the 2018 maximum deductible Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to $6,900.
United States
3 May 2018
San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Annual Reporting Due April 30
If an employer has employees in San Francisco and is subject to the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO), the employer must submit its 2017 Annual Reporting Form by April 30, 2018.
United States
23 Apr 2018
Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Are Imminent
The IRS has taken actions indicating that employer mandate penalties under the ACA are about to be enforced.
United States
17 Nov 2017
Court Cases Challenge English-Only Cobra Election Procedures
Two pending federal cases could reveal situations in which employers with a significant multi-lingual workforce should provide translated versions of their COBRA election materials.
United States
27 Sep 2017
Court To The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: "Try Again" On Wellness Rules
In October 2016, the American Association of Retired Persons sued the EEOC in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking an injunction against the latest iteration of wellness program regulations.
United States
31 Aug 2017
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