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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.

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 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
January 30, 2013
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.

Client Alert
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