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March 20, 2015

Plan administrators of 401(k) and other participant-directed plans must provide participants with information about the fees associated with the plan (fee disclosures) at least annually. When the rules were first released, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) required plan administrators to provide the fee disclosures no later than 12 months after the prior fee disclosure was mailed. This rule created practical difficulties and caused each plan’s fee disclosure deadline to move over time. Yesterday, the DOL released a revised rule that corrects these issues.

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February 18, 2015
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December 14, 2014
November 3, 2014
Late Friday afternoon (October 31, 2014), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will not be enforcing the regulations relating to unique health plan identifiers (HPIDs) until further notice. The enforcement delay applies to all HIPAA-covered entities, including health plans.
Client Alert
July 1, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, closely-held for-profit corporations are not required to pay for contraceptives if doing so would violate the corporation’s sincerely held religious beliefs. For more information on the major parts of the decision and its impact on employers, please read our client alert.

Client Alert
June 26, 2014
On June 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, a case involving an ESOP fiduciary’s duties in deciding to sell or hold employer stock in an ESOP. For additional information, please read our client alert.
Client Alert
February 20, 2014

Last week the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued Final Regulations relating to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The Employer Shared Responsibility provisions require applicable large employers to provide health care benefits to full-time employees or risk paying substantial penalties.

Client Alert
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.

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