All Items: Employee Benefits

  • Supreme Court Rules States Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    26 June 2015

    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.

  • Supreme Court Upholds ACA Federal Subsidies

    26 June 2015

    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.

  • ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor Plan Investments

    21 May 2015

    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.

  • EEOC Issues Proposed Rules on Wellness Programs

    20 April 2015

    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.

  • EEOC Proposed Rules on ADA, ACA and Wellness Programs in the Works

    31 March 2015

    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.

  • 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.

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