All Items: Employee Benefits

  • Wal-Mart to End Health Care Benefits for 30,000 Part-Time Employees

    13 October 2014

    Effective January 1, 2015, Wal-Mart will stop providing health insurance to part-time employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week.

  • EEOC Files Another Challenge of Employer Wellness Program Under ADA

    08 October 2014

    The EEOC has filed a second lawsuit claiming an employer's wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Oklahoma Judge Rules Against ACA Federal Exchange Subsidies

    02 October 2014

    An Oklahoma federal judge ruled in State of Oklahoma v. Burwell that Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium subsidies are illegal for individuals who purchase health insurance coverage through the federal exchange.

  • ACA, HIPAA Excepted Benefits Final Rules Released

    01 October 2014

    On October 1, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services published final rules regarding excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as amended by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The rules specifically cover vision and dental benefits and employee assistance program (EAP) benefits.

  • Cafeteria Plans May Allow Employee Revocation of Health Coverage for ACA Exchange Plan

    25 September 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released guidance permitting employers to allow employees to revoke their election of employer-sponsored health care coverage under a § 125 cafeteria plan in order to purchase coverage in a health insurance exchange (or marketplace) established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • HHS Releases HIPAA and Same-Sex Marriage Guidance in Light of Windsor

    24 September 2014

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance addressing the effect of United States v. Windsor on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Covered entities (and business associates, as applicable) must understand how the Privacy Rule applies to lawfully married same-sex spouses in light of Windsor.

  • IRS, Treasury Propose Ways to Apply ACA Look-Back Measurement Method in Certain Situations

    23 September 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department have proposed ways to apply the look-back measurement method for determining if an employee is a full-time employee for Affordable Care Act purposes when the measurement period applicable to the employee changes.

  • IRS Increases PCORI Fee Amount

    19 September 2014

    The IRS announced that the adjusted applicable dollar amount for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee will increase to $2.08 for plan or policy years ending on or after October 1, 2014, and before October 1, 2015.

  • IRS Releases Draft Instructions to ACA Reporting Forms

    04 September 2014

    The IRS has released draft instructions for employers to use when completing the forms required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under Internal Revenue Code § 6055 and § 6056. An employer must use these forms to report to the Internal Revenue Service on its employee health care coverage.

  • EEOC Files First ADA Challenge of Employer's Wellness Program

    29 August 2014

    The EEOC filed its first lawsuit directly challenging an employer's wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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