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  • ACA, HIPAA Excepted Benefits Final Rules Released

    01 October 2014

    On October 1, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services published final rules regarding excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as amended by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rules specifically cover vision and dental benefits and employee assistance program (EAP) benefits.

  • 7-Eleven Franchisees Convicted in Largest-Ever ICE Worksite Enforcement Forfeiture

    30 September 2014

    As the result of one of the largest criminal alien employment investigations ever conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, five franchisee-owners and managers of 14 7-Eleven stores located in New York and Virginia have pled guilty to charges of committing wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal aliens they employed.

  • IRS Issues Optional 'High-Low' and Special Per Diem Rates for 2014-2015

    29 September 2014

    The IRS has issued Notice 2014-57 announcing the 2014-2015 list of "optional high-low" federal per diem rates that employers may choose to use instead of the standard federal rates issued by the General Services Administration to reimburse expenses incurred by employees who travel on business to locations within the Continental US. The IRS also has issued the special federal meals and incidental expenses per diem rates that apply to the transportation industry and the incidental-expenses-only rate.

  • SEC Awards Whistleblower $30 Million

    26 September 2014

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced this week an expected $30 million award to an individual who provided key information on ongoing fraud - the largest-ever whistleblower award under its whistleblower program.

  • Cafeteria Plans May Allow Employee Revocation of Health Coverage for ACA Exchange Plan

    25 September 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance permitting employers to allow employees to revoke their election of employer-sponsored health care coverage under a § 125 cafeteria plan in order to purchase coverage in a health insurance exchange (or marketplace) established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • HHS Releases HIPAA and Same-Sex Marriage Guidance in Light of Windsor

    24 September 2014

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance addressing the effect of United States v. Windsor on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Covered entities (and business associates, as applicable) must understand how the Privacy Rule applies to lawfully married same-sex spouses in light of Windsor.

  • IRS, Treasury Propose Ways to Apply ACA Look-Back Measurement Method in Certain Situations

    23 September 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have proposed ways to apply the look-back measurement method for determining if an employee is a full-time employee for Affordable Care Act purposes when the measurement period applicable to the employee changes.

  • OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations of 2014

    22 September 2014

    OSHA announced a preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited violations that occurred in fiscal year 2014.

  • IRS Increases PCORI Fee Amount

    19 September 2014

    The IRS announced that the adjusted applicable dollar amount for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee will increase to $2.08 for plan or policy years ending on or after October 1, 2014, and before October 1, 2015.

  • Delaware Now Requires Employers to Provide Pregnancy Accommodations

    18 September 2014

    Delaware employers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant and nursing employees and job applicants under a new law enacted on September 9, 2014.

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