All Items: Employee Benefits

  • IRS Releases Draft Forms for ACA Employer Reporting Requirements

    28 July 2014

    The IRS released drafts of the forms employers will use to report annually on the health care coverage they offer to their employees as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Health Plans Dropping Contraceptive Coverage Required to Notify Plan Participants

    24 July 2014

    Closely held, for-profit corporations that choose to drop some or all contraceptive coverage from their health plans must notify plan participants and beneficiaries of the change. The US Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury published an FAQ on this notification requirement in light of the Supreme Court's Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision.

  • ACA Federal Exchange Subsidy: Federal Appeals Courts Rule for, Against Availability

    23 July 2014

    Two federal appeals courts issued opposing opinions on whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidy is available for health insurance purchased on the federal health care exchange.

  • Anti-Hobby Lobby Bills Proposed

    16 July 2014

    Democratic lawmakers propose bills to counter the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. The bills prohibit employers from refusing to provide health coverage, including contraceptive coverage, guaranteed to employees and dependents under federal law.

  • Supreme Court Issues Post-Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Mandate Injunction

    09 July 2014

    The Supreme Court issued an order temporarily enjoining enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage mandate and related regulations, ruling that Wheaton College may refrain from certifying it has religious objections to the mandate pending appeal of its claim in a lower court.

  • PCORI Fee Due by July 31

    03 July 2014

    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) annual fee required by the Affordable Care Act is due by July 31, 2014, for 2013 calendar year self-insured plans.

  • Supreme Court Sides With Hobby Lobby in Affordable Care Act Contraceptive Coverage Case

    01 July 2014

    The Supreme Court ruled that closely held for-profit corporations do not have to provide access to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they have religious objections to doing so.

  • Supreme Court Narrows ERISA Plan Fiduciaries' Defenses in Employee Class Actions

    25 June 2014

    A unanimous Supreme Court in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer has reversed the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals - with ramifications for employers that offer a defined-contribution retirement savings plan with investment options in an "employee stock ownership plan" (ESOP). In its decision, the Supreme Court resolves a split among the federal circuits by eliminating the special presumption of prudence to which ESOP fiduciaries had been entitled.

  • Final Affordable Care Act Regulations Clarify 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation

    25 June 2014

    Final regulations on the Affordable Care Act's 90-day waiting period limitation, which clarify the one-month maximum length of orientation periods preceding the waiting period.

  • 'Clear Notice' Standard Adopted by 6th Circuit, Plan Administrator Liable for Stiff ERISA Penalty

    05 June 2014

    Despite receiving an unclear request, a benefits plan administrator was liable under ERISA for failing to timely provide requested plan documents. The 6th Circuit has adopted the "clear notice" standard, but ruled that the administrator knew or should have known which documents were requested.

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News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding employee benefit programs. Support on following regulations and requirements on this topic.