All Items: Employee Benefits

  • 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.

  • Excise Tax on Cadillac Plans: IRS Seeks Employer Input

    04 March 2015

    In Notice 2015-16, the IRS seeks comments from employers on the scope of regulations it plans to propose regarding the 40% excise tax on high-cost group health plans.

  • Medical Marijuana in Michigan: Appeals Court Rules on Employee Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits

    24 February 2015

    The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that individuals who are state-approved medical marijuana users under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) should remain eligible to receive unemployment benefits under the Michigan Employment Security Act. The appeals court based its decision in Braska v. Challenge Manufacturing Co. on the fact that the provision of unemployment benefits constitutes state action.

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