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October 8, 2012

Beginning last year, 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.

October 8, 2012

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”), employers generally will pay a penalty if they fail to offer affordable health coverage to a full-time employee after a 90-day waiting period.

October 4, 2012

The high demand for health care professionals and increased physician mobility has heightened the need for employers in the health care industry to protect their confidential information, trade secrets and competitive position.

September 28, 2012

Tax-exempt and certain types of tax-advantaged bonds (such as Build America Bonds or qualified tax credit bonds) may lose their tax-advantaged status if the issuer of such bonds fails to pay any arbitrage rebate payable by the date that rebate payments are required with respect to a given bond issue. In this newsletter we describe briefly the computation of rebate, the times at which rebate payments are due with respect to an issue, rebate planning considerations and rebate issues in the context of tax-favored bond IRS examinations.

September 17, 2012

OMB Estimates 7.6% Reduction in Federal Subsidy Payments Related to BABs, QZABs, QSCBs and QECBs Upon Failure by Congress to Enact Deficit Reduction Legislation.

August 24, 2012
The SEC on Wednesday adopted new rules that will require companies to disclose if they use “conflict minerals”—generally tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten—from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other neighboring countries in Africa. The new measure requires companies to make a reasonable effort to determine the origin of the specified metals used in their products.
August 17, 2012

Under health care reform, insurance companies are sometimes required to issue rebates to policyholders. These rebates are connected to the insurer’s “medical loss ratio” and are generally known as “MLR Rebates.” With few exceptions, employers are not free to use MLR Rebates however they choose. This Client Alert explains the special rules that employers must follow regarding MLR Rebates.

August 16, 2012

Tax-exempt and certain types of tax-advantaged bonds (such as Build America Bonds or qualified tax credit bonds) may lose their taxadvantaged status if the proceeds of the bonds or the bond-financed facilities are used in the trade or business of private persons and the bonds are paid from private sources or secured by private use property. In this newsletter we describe briefly how private business use may or may not occur as a result of management and research contracts.

August 2, 2012

Tax-exempt and certain types of tax-advantaged bonds such as build America bonds (BABs) and qualified tax credit bonds are subject to federal tax rules designed to ensure that proceeds of such bonds are spent diligently for the purposes for which the bonds were issued. In this newsletter we highlight the basic rules governing the timing of expenditure of tax-advantaged bond proceeds, and considerations to keep in mind when bond proceeds remain unspent.

July 24, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) continues to take aggressive actions to regulate both union and non-union employers. Several recent actions by the Board are causing concern that an expanded use of federal jurisdiction by the Board will significantly impact nonunionized employers.

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