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.
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.
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
The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
The Supreme Court has put a stop to same-sex marriages in Utah while the appeals process runs its course in a case with broad national ramifications. Left unclear is what happens to benefits for the many same-sex couples legally married in Utah during the last two-plus weeks should the state ultimately prevail.
The federal Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services have jointly published proposed regulations regarding amendments to HIPAA excepted benefits. Employers are invited to comment on the proposed rules and on the government's approach.
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