April BenefitBuzz: ACA Litigation & Rule Changes

On March 25, 2016 By Tevis

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). The case … Continue reading


Forms 1094 and 1095 Reporting Update

On March 1, 2016 By Tevis

On December 28, 2015, we published Benefits Alert Memorandum 2015-18 describing the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Notice 2016-4, which extended the filing due dates for Forms 1094 and 1095 for 2015 health care coverage for those whose Applicable Large Employer … Continue reading


March BenefitsBuzz: FMLA Questions & IRS Clarifications.

On February 26, 2016 By Tevis

Recent Court Rulings Raise Questions about FMLA The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) clearly states that when an employer knows that a worker taking leave qualifies for FMLA, it must designate the worker’s absence as FMLA leave. Despite this … Continue reading


California Legislative Update: New Laws for 2016

On February 2, 2016 By Tevis

In its most recent session, the California Legislature concentrated its energies on health care reform. Governor Brown signed many of these bills into law, at least two of which conflict with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations and others which … Continue reading


February BenefitsBuzz

On February 1, 2016 By Tevis

ACA Reporting Deadlines Delayed On Dec. 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that deadlines for 2015 Section 6055 and 6056 reporting have been delayed. The new deadlines are as follows: March 31, 2016 – Deadline for furnishing Forms … Continue reading


The IRS Gives Plan Sponsors Some ACA Reporting Breathing Room

On December 29, 2015 By Tevis

In a last minute act of apparent kindness, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2016-4 today, which extends the deadlines for Forms 1094 and 1095 information reporting. As you know, information reporting under Code Sections 6055 and 6056 relates … Continue reading


January BenefitsBuzz

On December 28, 2015 By Tevis

ACA Repeal Passes Senate, Veto Expected On Dec. 3, 2015, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—marking the first time that the Senate has passed a bill that would repeal the … Continue reading


December BenefitsBuzz

On December 2, 2015 By Tevis

ACA’s Automatic Enrollment Requirement Repealed On Nov. 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 into law, which included a provision repealing the ACA requirement that large companies automatically enroll their employees in group health plans. Under … Continue reading


Self-Funded Health Plans Reminder: Reinsurance Fee Reporting

On October 12, 2015 By Tevis

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires self-funded group health plans to fund a Transitional Reinsurance Program in place from 2014-2016. Congress intended that the transitional reinsurance fee would provide funding to insurers that incur high claims for enrollees in the … Continue reading


ACA Reporting: Offers of COBRA Coverage

On October 12, 2015 By Tevis

On May 19, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released FAQs detailing how employers should report offers of COBRA coverage on Form 1094-C and Form 1095-C. On September 16, 2015, the IRS issued final 2015 instructions for Forms 1094-B and … Continue reading