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Supreme Court Upholds ACA Exchange Subsidies

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act and individual subsidies for purchasing coverage through an Exchange.

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Question of the Week

Q.- Can we be subject to a financial penalty if we don’t send a COBRA Initial Rights Notice to a newly hired employee? 

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Updated FMLA Forms

The U.S. Department of Labor issued new forms for employers to use when authorizing leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new forms replace the DOL’s model documents which expired in February. 

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Question of the Week

Q.- We are an employer with 51 full time employees, but we have a fully insured plan. Do we have to file anything for health care reform? 

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New York City Restricts Use of Credit Reports for Background Checks

New York City has joined a growing group of locations that restrict the use of credit history in the hiring process. Starting September 3, 2015, NYC will prohibit employment discrimination based on a job applicant’s or an employee’s consumer credit history. Credit history cannot be used in hiring, compensation, or the terms or privileges of employment.

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Final SBC Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and the Department of Treasury issued final rules on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) and Uniform Glossary. The new rules implement the regulations proposed in December 2014.

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Question of the Week

Q.- We have a calendar year health flexible spending account plan. An employee just received a bill for a surgery he had in 2014. Can he be reimbursed from his 2015 health FSA for the expense? 

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Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman subject to pregnancy discrimination. The federal court found for the woman and awarded her $75,000 in back pay and damages. 

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PCOR Fee Due by July 31 for Calendar Year Plans

The Affordable Care Act requires insurers and self-funded plans to pay a yearly fee to support health plan clinical research. The patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) fee applies to plan years ending on or after October 1, 2012 and before October 1, 2019. The fee is due by July 31 of the calendar year following the close of the plan year. 2014 PCOR fees must be paid by July 1, 2015. 

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Question of the Week

Q.- Can Botox be reimbursed from a health flexible spending account plan? 

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COBRA Processes and Procedures Necessary

A District Court in Alabama found a COBRA qualifying event letter package did not satisfy the COBRA rules because it failed to provide sufficient information. 

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IRS Tax Tip on ACA for Employers with Fewer than 50 Employees

The IRS issued “Tax Tip 2015-31” for employers with fewer than 50 employees. 

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