Employee Benefits items

  • Same-Sex Spouse Treatment Under Retirement Plans: New Guidance Requires Employer Action

    14 April 2014

    The IRS issued Notice 2014-19 and related Frequently Asked Questions providing guidance on how qualified retirement plans should treat same-sex spouses following the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. Employers must take action to ensure that plan documents and operations conform to requirements.

  • Supreme Court Considers ACA Contraceptive Coverage Exemption

    27 March 2014

    A divided Supreme Court heard lively 90-minute arguments on March 25 in a major employment case that asks whether corporations may deny contraceptive coverage to their employees on religious grounds under the Affordable Care Act. A decision is expected by late June.

  • Final ACA Employer Reporting Rules Released

    13 March 2014

    The US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released two final rules implementing annual information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act .

  • Attorney General: States Need Not Defend Same-Sex Marriage Bans

    27 February 2014

    In a speech to a conference of state attorneys general in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Eric Holder said state officials are not required to defend laws they consider to be discriminatory based on sexual orientation. The speech came on the heels of several federal court rulings striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.

  • ACA Final Rule Limiting Waiting Periods Released

    25 February 2014

    The US Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services issued a final rule implementing the 90-day waiting period limitation under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Final ACA Employer Mandate Rules Bring Relief to Employers

    12 February 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Supreme Court Protects Little Sisters of the Poor from Contraceptive Mandate

    28 January 2014

    The Supreme Court issued an order temporarily protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor from complying with the Affordable Care Act's mandate to provide contraceptive coverage.

  • Target Cuts Health Benefits for Part-Time Employees

    27 January 2014

    Target Corp. cities low participation and the new health insurance marketplaces as reasons for cutting health insurance for part-time employees.

  • Dermatology Practice Fails to Adopt HIPAA Breach Notification Policies and Procedures, Agrees to Pay $150,000 Fine

    27 January 2014

    Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. agreed to pay $150,000 to settle potential violations of the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. This is the first settlement with a covered entity for not having policies and procedures in place to address the breach notification provision of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

  • IRS Identifies Common Errors to Avoid in Form W-2, W-3 Retirement Plan Codes

    22 January 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has identified the most common errors employers make when entering codes for retirement plan information on Form W-2, Wage and tax Statement, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements. The IRS cautions employers to avoid these errors and ensure that the forms they issue to employees contain correct retirement plan information

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