ACA Reporting Requirements Sonoma County

ACA reporting requirements for insurers - The Affordable Care Act requires employers to file annual information returns with the IRS and furnish statements to employees on healthcare plan coverage information beginning in 2016.

ACA Reporting Requirements Sonoma County | Avoid Penalties

At the beginning of each calendar year all employers who are considered “Applicable Large Employers” (“ALE”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) Employer Mandate Regulations will be requ

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Questions and Answers on Information Reporting by Health Coverage Providers (Section 6055) | Internal Revenue Service

Questions & Answers about the Information Reporting by Health Coverage Providers (Section 6055).

An Unusual Decision Regarding Arbitration

As reported by our sister blog, ADR: Advice from the Trenches, the Northern District of Illinois recently issued an unusual decision. After finding that both plaintiffs were bound by arbitration agree

Appealing Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) Supplement Determinations Based on ConnectorCare Coverage

The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has begun assessing Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) supplemental payments for the first quarter. This post proposes a grou

Financial Conflict of Interest in the Eighth Circuit: Trigger of a Less Deferential Standard of Review or Mere Factor in Determining Plan Administrator Abuse of Discretion?

It is well-established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) that when an employee benefit plan grants the plan administrator discretion to decide questions of eligib

The Bubbler – April 2018

Lots to talk about in the Labor & Employment world!  The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act went into effect on April 1, 2018, imposing stricter non-discrimination rules on employers of

Massachusetts Attorney General Issues Guidance on Pay Equity Law

Back in July 2016, the Massachusetts legislature passed an Act to Establish Pay Equity (Mass. Gen. Laws c. 149 § 105A, referenced herein as the “Law”), which amends the Massachusetts Equal Pay Ac

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Invalidates the 2016 Final Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule and Related Prohibited Transaction Exemptions

What’s a financial advisor to do? On March 15, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Chamber of Commerce of the U.S. v. U.S. Dep’t. of Labor, No. 17-10238, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6472 (5th Cir

Mintz Levin 4th Annual Employment Law Summit – Managing the Increasingly Complex Web of Leave and Accommodation Requirements

On April 19, my colleague Andrew Bernstein and I will be discussing the increasingly complex web of federal, state, and local leave and accommodation laws that employers must navigate. As many compani

Employers Left in the Dark After U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Issue Ruling on Long Term Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals holding that a multi-month leave of absence is beyond the scope of a reasonable accommodation un

Time to Put Down that Smartphone? – Proposed Bill Would Give NYC Employees a Right to Disconnect from Work

Given the ever-increasing reliance on digital technology, employees are more and more tethered to their smartphones – checking email during their commute, at the dinner table, and even from their be

More on the Protection of Pregnant Workers

In a March 30, 2018 Bloomberg BNA article, Mintz Levin Employment, Labor and Benefits attorney Gauri Punjabi discusses Massachusetts’ new protections for pregnant workers and compares them with the

MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Part II

Now that the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) went into effect April 1, 2018, it is time for employers to confirm that they are taking steps to ensure compliance with the PWFA. As di

Was Your Employee Benefit Plan Selected For Examination? Don’t Panic!

Each year, hundreds of retirement plans are examined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL).  The agencies also examine other kinds of employee benefit plans for complian

ACA Reporting Service Provider | Affordable Care Act Turns 8 Years Old

For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. Eight years ago, on March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, saying it enshrined “the core principle th

IRS Reduces HSA Contribution Amount for Current Year

In 2017, the IRS released the 2018 inflation-adjusted figures for contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  The contribution limits for HSAs associated with High Deductible Health Plans was i

ACA Reporting Services | The Wolf Is Coming – IRS Updates Q&A regarding Procedures for Employer Mandate Enforcement

Updated March 2018 Last week we wrote about the Boston Business Journal reporting, the employer mandate penalty notices would soon be sent by the IRS. While many may view this as the boy crying wolf y

IRS Announces Heightened Scrutiny for Tax-Exempt Entities

The IRS division tasked with ensuring tax-exempt entities comply with relevant tax laws has announced that beginning in fiscal year 2018, it will focus on examining charitable organizations that show


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law on December 22, 2017 is prompting some prudent early tax 2018 actions by both employers and employees related to employee benefits. Many employers are electin

Changes to VCP User Fees: A Holiday Gift That Some Plan Sponsors Would Rather Return

Benefit plan practitioners returned to their desks after the holidays to the surprising news that the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance that made sweeping changes to the user fees for the Inter


Just a few weeks ago, the federal government avoided a potentially lengthy government shutdown when Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”).


Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), as amended by the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act (“MPPAA”), an employer that has assumed an obligation to contribute to

Affordable Care Act Software 2018 | Section 125 – Cafeteria Plans Overview

A Section 125 plan, or a cafeteria plan, allows employees to pay for certain benefits on a pre-tax basis. Specifically, employers use these plans to provide their employees with a choice between cash

Full Time Employee Tracking for ACA | Republicans Kill Obamacare’s Controversial Death Panel

The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care more affordable, accessible, and of a higher quality for families, seniors, businesses, and taxpayers alike. Now Congress has killed a part of Ob

Changes to ERISA’s Disability Claims Regulations Coming April 1

Employers who offer short-term and long-term disability plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and their plan administrators, need to prepare for the approaching April

32 Days Left to Distribute Form 1095 to your Employees!

March 2, 2018 is the next deadline to distribute 2017 IRS Form 1095, Employee Statements, to your eligible employees. HCI offers a Turn-Key Solution to generate IRS Forms 1094 & 1095 35 days remai

HCI’s New and Improved ACA Software for 2017 IRS Forms 1094 & 1095

32 DAYS left to distribute IRS Form 1095 to your Employees! Healthcare Compliance Inc. Introduces Our New and Improved ACA Compliance Software Standard Compliance Services for Large Group Health Plans

2018 Tax Reform Series: Goodbye to the Individual Mandate

This is the seventh article in our series covering various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Once significa

IRS Extends Deadline for Filing Form 1095-C to Employees

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2018-06, which provides certain extensions related to Affordable Care Act reporting for 2017. Specifically, this notice: • Extends the d

Affordable Care Act ALE Compliance | Health Plan Rules – Treating Employees Differently

Some employers may want to be selective and treat employees differently for purposes of group health plan benefits. For example, employers may consider implementing the following plan designs: – A h

ACA Reporting Service | California Supports Obamacare by Outspending U.S. 4-to-1 on Ads

The Affordable Care Act is still law. Californians are getting barraged with online pop-up ads, radio spots and television commercials, all aimed at persuading them to sign up for Affordable Care Act

ACA Large Group Compliance | HCI Introduces New ACA Compliance Software

Healthcare Compliance Inc. Introduces Our New and Improved ACA Compliance Software New Clients Receive $500 off 2017 IRS Forms 1094 & 1095 (click here for details) Standard Compliance Services for


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