All Items: Employee Benefits

  • FMLA Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Rule on Hold

    27 March 2015

    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.

  • ACA Causing Few Employers to Downsize or Reduce Hours for Part-Time Workers, SHRM Survey Finds

    24 March 2015

    The vast majority of employers are neither reducing the number of employees nor reducing the number of hours employees work as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

  • HIPAA Excepted Benefits Final Rules Issued

    23 March 2015

    The federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury finalized regulations amending the current definition of excepted benefits to include certain types of limited wraparound coverage. In addition, the final rules also establish two pilot programs for limited wraparound coverage.

  • Supreme Court Sets Same-Sex Marriage Argument Date

    13 March 2015

    The Supreme Court has set April 28 as the date it will hear arguments that could decide the fate of same-sex marriage nationwide. The Court will hear four consolidated cases in Obergefell v. Hodges involving same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Supreme Court Health Care Case Has High Stakes for Employers

    05 March 2015

    The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 4 in a hotly-debated Affordable Care Act case which affects the future of the 2010 health care law. At stake in King v. Burwell is whether Congress intended nationwide tax credits when it passed the ACA, or whether tax subsidies were only meant for purchases on a state-run exchange established by a state.

  • Excise Tax on Cadillac Plans: IRS Seeks Employer Input

    04 March 2015

    In Notice 2015-16, the IRS seeks comments from employers on the scope of regulations it plans to propose regarding the 40% excise tax on high-cost group health plans.

  • Medical Marijuana in Michigan: Appeals Court Rules on Employee Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

    24 February 2015

    The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals who are state-approved medical marijuana users under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) should remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits under the Michigan Employment Security Act. The appeals court based its decision in Braska v. Challenge Manufacturing Co. on the fact that the provision of unemployment benefits constitutes state action.

  • IRS Releases Final Instructions to ACA Reporting Forms

    12 February 2015

    The IRS has released the final instructions to Forms 1094-C and 1095-C and Forms 1094-B and 1095-B. Employers are required to complete and file the forms with the IRS to report on their employee health care coverage, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Internal Revenue Code § 6055 and § 6056.

  • Supreme Court Sides With Employer in ERISA Dispute

    27 January 2015

    The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a group of retired employees are not necessarily entitled to permanent, contribution-free health care benefits. Writing for the Court, Justice Clarence Thomas said, "Employers or other plan sponsors are generally free under ERISA at any time to adopt, modify or terminate welfare plans."

  • Guidance on Retroactive Parity for Mass Transit, Parking Benefits Issued by IRS

    12 January 2015

    In Notice 2015-2, the IRS has provided much anticipated special administrative procedures applicable to fourth-quarter 2014 Form 941, Employer's Quarterly Tax Return, and 2014 Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, for employers that allowed employees to defer more than $130 a month for mass transit benefits in 2014.

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