The IRS has issued draft 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, which employers are required to complete and file with the IRS to report on the terms and conditions of the health care coverage offered to their employees, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 6055 and § 6056. Draft Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B have also been issued; these forms are used to report information to the IRS on each individual to whom minimum essential coverage was provided.
The IRS has announced important changes to its Employee Plans Determination Letter program for qualified retirement plans. The announcement also provides a transition rule with respect to the remedial amendment period for certain plans currently on the five-year cycle, and requests comments on specific issues relating to the implementation of the changes to the determination letter program.
The proportion of workers who have access to retirement and medical care benefits differs significantly, depending on whether the workers are in the public or private sector and on how much they are paid, according to new federal statistics.
The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury and Labor have issued final rules regarding coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for contraceptive services. The coverage was debated in the 2014 Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling.
The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Constitution requires all states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize such marriages when they were lawfully licensed and performed out of state. The Court's historic holding clears the way for same-sex marriage nationwide in finding that same-sex couples cannot be denied the benefits that are afforded to opposite-sex couples.
The Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in King v. Burwell. As a result of this decision, the ACA's provisions stand - including those that affect employers the most.
The US Supreme Court has confirmed that plan fiduciaries have a continuing obligation to monitor investments in a plan under § 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Plan fiduciaries need to take concrete steps to minimize liability risks.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that elaborates on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employer wellness programs. The EEOC invites employers and other interested parties to submit comments on the proposed rules.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted on March 20 to send a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the interplay of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with respect to employer-sponsored wellness programs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval.
A federal district court has granted a request by the State of Texas to temporarily block implementation of a final Department of Labor (DOL) regulation requiring Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) benefits to be extended to same-sex couples legally married in a state that recognizes such marriages, even if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages. The final regulation would have gone into effect today if not for the stay granted by the court.
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