Seventh Circuit Grants Temporary Injunction on ACA’s Contraception Mandate

The Seventh Circuit granted a temporary injunction against enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate as applied to an Illinois company seeking the injunction. Document Excerpt We conclude that the Kortes have established both a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits and irreparable harm, and that the balance of harms tips in their […]

Proposed Regulations on Employer Shared Responsibility

In addition to issuing guidance in the form of Qs & As, the IRS has also issued proposed regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions. Document Excerpt This document contains proposed regulations providing guidance under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) with respect to the shared responsibility for employers regarding […]

Qs & As on ACA’s Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions

The IRS issues questions and answers on the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Document Excerpt Starting in 2014, employers employing at least a certain number of employees (generally 50 full-time employees and full-time equivalents, explained more fully below) will be subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions under section 4980H of […]

Supreme Court Decision In Hobby Lobby Case

Supreme Court decision denying injunctive relief from ACA’s contraceptive mandate to Hobby Lobby companies. Document Excerpt Applicants do not satisfy the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief they seek. First, whatever the ultimate merits of the applicants’ claims, their entitlementto relief is not “indisputably clear.”            For the foregoing reasons, the […]

Fall 2012 Priority List

The DOL releases its Fall 2012 agency Priority Guidance List. Document Excerpt Link

Guidance on Health Reinsurance Fee

The HHS has issued proposed regulations on ACA’s health insurance reinsurance fee applicable for three benefit periods beginning in 2014. Document Excerpt This proposed rule provides further detail and parameters related to: the risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors programs; cost-sharing reductions; user fees for a Federallyfacilitated Exchange; advance payments of the premium tax credit; […]

Proposed Changes to Abandoned Plan Regulations

Contemporaneously with issuing proposed changes to PTE 2006-06, the DOL has proposed changes to its Abandoned Plan regulations. Document Excerpt SUMMARY: This document contains proposed amendments to three regulations previously published under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 that facilitate the termination of, and distribution of benefits from, individual account pension plans that […]

January Lump Sums

The PBGC releases the interest rates for lump sums payable in january 2013. Document Excerpt The immediate interest rate for valuing lump sum payments for the month of January 2013 is .75%. The deferred interest rate I1 is 4.00%, I2 is 4.00%, and I3 is 4.00%. (The immediate interest rate for December 2012 was .75% […]

Proposed Changes to Abandoned Plan Rules

The DOL has issued proposed changes to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2006-06 providing guidance on the termination of abandoned plan regulations. Document Excerpt SUMMARY: This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed amendment to PTE 2006-06, a prohibited transaction class exemption issued under the Employee Retirement Income […]

Statement from PBGC Granting American Airline’s Right to Stop Lump Sums

The PBGC grants American Airlines the right to stop paying lump sums under the new regulations available to companies in bankruptcy. Document Excerpt Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum released the following statement today on the agency granting American Airlines the ability to stop lump-sum payments under a new regulation for companies operating under bankruptcy […]

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