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January 9, 2018

New Tax Law Includes Changes for Employee Benefits

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act). The Act makes significant changes to the federal Internal Revenue Code (Code), including changes that impact employee benefits. Effective for 2018...
January 5, 2018

Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Rules for 2019

On Dec. 20, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated key provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final rules for employer-sponsored wellness plans. However, to avoid disruption to employers, the court stayed its ruling until Jan. 1, 2019.
December 27, 2017
Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA Leave

Individual Mandate Penalty Will Be Eliminated in 2019

On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be signed into law by President Donald Trump shortly. This tax reform bill makes significant changes to the federal tax code. The bill does not impact the majority of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax provisions. However, it does reduce the ACA’s individual shared responsibility (or individual mandate) penalty to zero, effective beginning in 2019.
December 27, 2017

Furnishing Deadline Delayed for 2017 ACA Reporting

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2018-06 to extend the due date for furnishing forms under Sections 6055 and 6056 for 2017 for 30 days, from Jan. 31, 2018, to March 2, 2018; and extend good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2017 information reporting under Sections 6055 and 6056.
December 22, 2017

House and Senate Pass Tax Reform Bill

On Dec. 20, 2017, the tax reform bill, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is now expected to be signed into law by President Trump shortly. Here is an overview of the tax reform bill and its potential impact on employers.
December 19, 2017

DOL Delays New Rules for Disability Benefit Claims

On Dec. 16, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals requirements for plans that provide disability benefits and are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). That rule has been delayed until April 1, 2018.
December 15, 2017

NLRB Reinstates Prior Joint Employer Standard

On Dec. 14, 2017, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overruled its “indirect control” joint employer standard and reverted to the previous “direct control” standard.
December 8, 2017

Individual Mandate Compliance Policy Reversed

In October, the IRS reversed a recent policy change in how it monitors compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. Individuals should keep the following in mind when filing 2017 tax returns...
December 4, 2017

Proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019

On Oct. 27, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019. This proposed rule describes benefit and payment parameters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would be applicable for the 2019 benefit year. Proposed standards included in the rule relate to the following...