All Items: Employee Benefits

  • Retirement Plan Lawsuits Against Top Universities Could Spark Trend

    August 19, 2016

    Class-action lawsuits have been filed against nine of the nation's top universities claiming that employees and retirees were forced to pay millions of dollars in excessive fees relating to their 401(k) and 403(b) accounts in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

  • Telecommuting, Flexible Schedules More Important Than Salary for Many Parents, Survey Finds

    August 18, 2016

    A self-selected, voluntary sample of 1,200 parents of school-age children reported that the opportunity to telecommute or work according to a flexible schedule was among the most important factors they look at when considering a potential job.

  • IRS Proposes Regulations on Group Health Benefit Opt-Out Payments

    July 14, 2016

    The IRS has issued proposed regulations that confirm the position it took in Notice 2015-87 with regard to unconditional opt-out payments - payments made to employees who forgo group health benefits, which increase the amount of their monthly premium by the amount of the payments. The proposed regulations, which also cover eligible conditional opt-out payments, would take effect for plan years beginning in 2017.

  • ACA Electronic Information Return Filing Deadline Is June 30

    June 27, 2016

    The IRS is urgently reminding self-insured employers, applicable large employers and providers of health coverage that the due date to electronically file information returns in compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is this week - on June 30. This includes electronic filing of the 1094 and 1095 series of forms.

  • Telecommuting Benefits Have Tripled Over Past 20 Years, SHRM Survey Shows

    June 20, 2016

    While six in 10 employers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management offer telecommuting benefits at least once a year, only three in 10 offer part-time telecommuting and two in 10 offer full-time telecommuting.

  • IRS Discusses Tax Treatment of Wellness Program Benefits

    June 10, 2016

    The IRS has released a Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum discussing the tax treatment of wellness program benefits and employer reimbursement of premiums provided on a pretax basis under a ยง 125 cafeteria plan (under the Internal Revenue Code - IRC).

  • EEOC Releases Employer Wellness Programs Final Rules

    May 25, 2016

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules on employer wellness programs, which address employee protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

  • Supreme Court Sidesteps ACA Contraception Case

    May 17, 2016

    The Supreme Court will not resolve a contentious case involving the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) contraceptive coverage requirement Instead, it issued a unanimous ruling that sends Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts without any broad pronouncement.

  • DOL Finalizes ERISA Fiduciary Rule

    April 12, 2016

    The US Department of Labor has released its Final Fiduciary Rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Final Rule streamlines many of the more burdensome aspects of the proposed rule and stresses the importance of eliminating any potential conflicts of interests.

  • Supreme Court Hears New ACA Contraceptive Coverage Challenge

    March 25, 2016

    The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a closely-watched case involving the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement. But during the 90 minute argument in Zubik v. Burwell, the now eight-person Court appeared equally divided. If the justices split 4-4, that would mean religious-based organizations in different parts of the country would have differing obligations.

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