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September 13, 2013
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.

Client Alert
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.
Client Alert
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.
Client Alert
May 20, 2013

Over the past year, there has been a marked increase in Department of Labor (“DOL”) audits of qualified retirement plans.  It appears that not only has the number of audits increased, but so has the DOL’s expectations of plan fiduciaries.  Most recently, it has been reported that during routine audits, DOL officials seek documentation as to the level of fiduciary training that has been given to plan fiduciaries.  The DOL takes the view that fiduciary training evidences prudent fiduciary practice.

Client Alert
May 3, 2013

On April 10, 2013, the Obama Administration (the Administration) released its 2014 fiscal year budget (the Budget). This Client Alert summarizes the key proposals impacting plan sponsors as described in the Budget and the Department of the Treasury’s General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals. While it is unlikely the entire Budget will be enacted, parts of it may be passed in some form.

Client Alert
April 22, 2013
February 20, 2013
February 1, 2013

A group health plan that provides prescription drug coverage to Medicare eligible individuals must make two annual disclosures. This Client Alert concerns the first annual disclosure that goes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and is due 60 days after the beginning of the plan year. For calendar year plans, plan sponsors must complete and submit the annual CMS disclosure by March 1, 2013.

Client Alert
January 30, 2013
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