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October 3, 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) changed the annual election period for Medicare Part D coverage which now begins on October 15 and concludes on December 7. To learn more about what employers providing prescription drug benefits must provide, read this client alert.
October 1, 2013
September 20, 2013

On September 16, 2013, the IRS published proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) in the Federal Register covering several areas relating to tax-exempt bonds, including the determination of the issue price of such bonds. It is important to note that these Proposed Regulations are, for the most part, not yet in effect. While issuers may elect to apply certain portions of the Proposed Regulations, the general rule is that the Proposed Regulations will impact bonds issued on or after 90 days following the publication of final regulations in the Federal Register. For the time being, we will continue to apply the existing regulations (the Existing Regulations) unless it is advantageous to apply the Proposed Regulations to new transactions.

September 19, 2013
Yesterday the SEC proposed the controversial pay-disparity rules that will require companies to disclose the median annual total compensation of all employees and the ratio of that median to the annual total compensation of the company’s CEO. Click for a few features of the proposed rules we found interesting.
September 4, 2013

No later than October 1, 2013, almost all employers must provide their employees with a written notice regarding the health insurance coverage available on the Exchanges (an Exchange Notice) established under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA). Thereafter, the same employers must provide the Exchange Notice to new employees within 14 days after the date of hire.

July 11, 2013
July 5, 2013
No later than July 31, 2013, most employer health plans will be required to pay so-called “PCORI Fees.” This Client Alert explains the purpose of PCORI Fees, which plans must pay them, and how to calculate them. We also provide links to the IRS forms with which the fees must be submitted.
July 1, 2013

On Monday, June 24, 2013, a sharply divided Supreme Court made it harder for employees to win discrimination and retaliation suits against their employers. In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the Court limited how juries can decide retaliation lawsuits, requiring victims to prove employers would not have taken action against them “but-for” their intention to retaliate. The Court also held a person must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in discrimination lawsuits.

June 26, 2013
On June 23, 2013 the Supreme Court issued two opinions concerning same-sex marriage. This Client Alert provides a brief summary of the cases, as well as information concerning the effect of these opinions on employee benefit plans and, at the end, provide action items for employers.
May 20, 2013
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