All Items: Employee Benefits

  • Iowa Law Takes Pathway Around Affordable Care Act

    April 27, 2018

    A new Iowa law, providing that not all health plans actually qualify as health insurance, appears to be an end-run around the Affordable Care Act's requirements.

  • "Cadillac" Health Plan Tax Delayed

    January 24, 2018

    The start of a tax on "Cadillac" health plans has been delayed from 2020 until 2022.

  • Federal Courts Block President Trump's Roll Back of Contraceptive Coverage

    December 22, 2017

    Two federal courts have issued nationwide injunctions blocking the Trump administration's attempt to make it easier for employers to refuse to provide coverage for certain birth control methods if they cite moral or religious objections to contraception.

  • Massive Tax Reform Legislation Will Have Drastic Impact on Employers

    December 4, 2017

    On Saturday, the Senate passed its version of historic, sweeping tax reform legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). The massive, 500-page bill will have a drastic effect on the employment tax treatment of many core employee benefits starting January 1, 2018.

  • IRS Will Soon Issue Notices of 2015 ACA Penalties

    November 13, 2017

    Large employers may soon receive a notice from the IRS if they are liable for an employer shared responsibility payment for calendar year 2015 under the Affordable Care Act. The employer shared responsibility payment is the penalty assessed against an Applicable Large Employer if it does not provide affordable, minimum essential coverage to at least 70 percent of its full-time employees.

  • 2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base Inches Up, Benefit COLAs Up More

    October 17, 2017

    The Social Security Administration has issued inflation-adjusted figures for 2018, including the Social Security taxable wage base, the earnings tests for retirees who return to work, and the Social Security benefits quarter-of-coverage requirement and cost of living adjustment (COLA).

  • Trump Issues Executive Orders Aimed at Rolling Back Affordable Care Act

    October 13, 2017

    President Trump has issued two executive orders intended to weaken the regulatory structure supporting the Affordable Care Act. One order asks the Department of Labor to propose rules to let more employers participate in association health plans while the other halts the payment of subsidies to healthcare insurers.

  • Employers Gain Religious Exemption From Providing Contraceptive Benefits

    October 11, 2017

    More employers with religious or moral objections to providing birth control may be granted an exemption from Affordable Care Act regulations requiring them to provide coverage under two interim rules issued by the Trump administration.

  • Court Orders EEOC to Reconsider Wellness Program Fees

    August 30, 2017

    A federal court has found EEOC rules allowing employers to increase healthcare insurance premiums of employees who do not participate in wellness programs to be arbitrary, and sent them back to the agency for reconsideration.

  • Wal-Mart's $7.5 Million Settlement Approved in Same-Sex Health Benefits Case

    May 17, 2017

    A federal court in Massachusetts has approved a $7.5 million settlement in a case that accused Wal-Mart of discriminating against employees by denying health benefits to their same-sex spouses.

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