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May 16, 2017

ACA Affordability Percentages Decreasing in 2018

On May 5, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-36 to index the contribution percentages in 2018 for purposes of determining affordability of an employer’s plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
March 10, 2017

American Health Care Act: What Won’t Change

The bills that make up the AHCA were primarily focused on what changes would be made to existing ACA rules. Here are some items that would not change under the proposal.
July 7, 2016

ACA’s Affordability Contribution Percentage Increases for 2017

On April 12, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released new guidance on the percentages used to determine what is considered “affordable” health coverage. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the affordability of an employer’s plan may be assessed for the employer shared responsibility penalty, the individual mandate and the premium tax credit. The affordability test varies for each provision.
March 30, 2016

5 Hot HR Topics in 2016

The new year tends to bring new HR trends and topics to the forefront. In this article, we’ll look at five topics we expect to dominate HR-related conversations in 2016: health care reform, marijuana in the workplace, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minimum wage increases, and paid sick leave trends.
March 27, 2016

ACA Rule Changes for 2017

The HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 was released last month. The rule increases out-of-pocket maximums and sets open enrollment periods for individual coverage over the next few years. Changes will also be seen in state and federal based Exchanges.
March 20, 2016
Marin v. Dave & Busters is the first case on reducing employees’ work hours to avoid providing health benefits required under the ACA.

Marin v. Dave & Busters – ACA Litigation May Affect Employers

A New York district court will hear the first case on whether employers may reduce their employees’ work hours in order to avoid providing health benefits required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Feb. 9, 2016, the court rejected Dave & Busters’ motion to dismiss the case. This is the first case of its kind, and will set a precedent for other employers who are considering or have implemented similar strategies regarding their employees’ work hours as a result of the ACA.
March 1, 2016

2016 Federal Budget Delays ACA’s Cadillac Tax & Suspends Two Other Taxes

On Dec. 18, 2015, President Obama signed a federal budget bill for 2016 into law, which makes significant changes to three ACA taxes. The new law delays the Cadillac tax for two years, and temporarily suspends collection of the health insurance providers fee and the medical devices tax. Check out how this new law impacts the ACA.
February 29, 2016

IRS Clarifies ACA Rules for Employer-provided Coverage

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) recently released Notice 2015-87, which clarified a number of ACA rules for employer-provided coverage, including employer shared responsibility penalties and ACA market reforms. Significantly, the notice addressed how certain plan features, such as flex credits and opt-out incentives, affect whether an applicable large employer’s coverage is affordable.
February 10, 2016

Section 6055 and 6056 Reporting Deadlines Delayed

The IRS has announced that the deadlines for 2015 Section 6055 and 6056 reporting have been delayed to give employers and other providers more time to analyze and report coverage information. Despite this delay, employers should not put off completing these forms. The IRS is encouraging employers to furnish statements and file information returns as soon as they are ready.