Compliance Recap // June 2017

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June was an active month in the employee benefits world. The U.S. Senate released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 which would substitute the U.S. House Resolution 1628 that aimed to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided an ERISA church plan […]

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IRS Updates

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IRS Updates Health Coverage Affordability Calculation for Individuals for 2018 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36, adjusting the calculation determining whether an individual can afford employer-sponsored health coverage, which affects whether the individual would be eligible for a premium tax credit on the public health exchanges. This could affect employers who are […]

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IRS Memo on Fixed Indemnity Health Plan Benefits Tax Treatment

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On January 20, 2017, the IRS released a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed indemnity health plans that addresses two questions: Are payments to an employee under an employer-provided fixed indemnity health plan excludible from the employee’s income under Internal Revenue Code ยง105? Are payments to an employee under an employer-provided […]

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Are Opt-Outs on the Way Out?

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Opt-out payments or cash in lieu of benefits have been a staple in the employee benefits industry for many years. Employers offer individuals who are eligible to enroll in their group health plan a sum of money, typically paid monthly, to those who waive enrollment in the group health plan. Employers who offer group health […]

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Compliance Recap // May 2016

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After a quiet few months, federal agencies were quite busy during the month of May, issuing four important final rules that impact employers. Specifically, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued the long-awaited revisions to the white collar exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final […]

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