All Items: Employee Benefits

  • President Nominates Neil Gorsuch for Vacant Supreme Court Seat

    Date:
    February 1, 2017

    President Trump has nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neal Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant since the February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In many ways, Judge Gorsuch's record mirrors that of Justice Scalia.

  • Failure to Notify Individuals and Media About HIPAA Breach Within 60 Days Proves Costly

    Date:
    January 19, 2017

    Illinois-based health care network Presence Health has agreed to pay the federal government $475,000 to settle claims that it failed to provide notification about a breach of protected health information (PHI) within 60 days of discovering the breach, as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires.

  • 21st Century Cures Act Eases Small Employer ACA Restrictions

    Date:
    December 20, 2016

    The 21st Century Cures Act will allow certain qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangements (QSEHRAs), create W-2 reporting requirements, and include notice requirements.

  • IRS Extends ACA Information-Reporting Deadline, Penalty Relief

    Date:
    November 21, 2016

    In Notice 2016-70, the IRS extended the deadline for employers to furnish individual statements to employees under the Affordable Care Act and continues to provide relief from penalties for incomplete or incorrect information reports filed in good faith.

  • Annual Inflation Adjustments for Fringe Benefits and Income Taxes Released by IRS

    Date:
    October 27, 2016

    The IRS has released Revenue Procedure 2016-55, which provides the annual inflation adjustments to the employer-provided fringe benefit limitations and personal income tax-related amounts.

  • Workers' Compensation Opt-Out Law Struck Down by Oklahoma Supreme Court

    Date:
    September 16, 2016

    In Vasquez v. Dillard's, Inc., the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the state Employee Injury Benefit Act (Opt Out Act), which allows employers to opt out of the state workers' compensation system.

  • Final IRS Regulations Define Marriage in Gender-Neutral Terms

    Date:
    September 6, 2016

    On September 2, the IRS released immediately effective final regulations that define the term "spouse" in a gender-neutral manner under federal law. The regulations follow up on two Supreme Court decisions that have recognized same-sex marriage at the federal and state levels since 2013.

  • State Payroll Deduction Auto-IRAs Authorized by DOL

    Date:
    September 1, 2016

    In the interest of encouraging retirement savings to protect the economic security of older Americans, the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued a final rule guiding states on how to design payroll deduction savings initiatives with automatic employee enrollment (auto-IRAs) without being preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The final rule also provides guidance to the employers that eventually may be required to offer such programs to employees.

  • California Convicted or Indicted Physicians, Providers Filed $600 Million in Workers' Compensation Liens

    Date:
    August 24, 2016

    $600 million in liens filed against injured employees' claims for workers' compensation benefits have been filed by convicted or criminally indicted parties from 2011 through 2015, according to California's Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers' Compensation.

  • Retirement Plan Lawsuits Against Top Universities Could Spark Trend

    Date:
    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).

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