Employers, You have Another Tool to Help you with Workforce Vaccine Mandates: Insurance Premium Discounts

As employees continue to return to offices, employers around the United States are looking for assistance in how to require and/or incentivize its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  Some of these initiatives come as employers prepare to confront the executive orders mandating vaccines on some workforces. On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced his Path Out of the Pandemic: Covid-19 Action Plan that in part, set a requirement that all...
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President Trump Is Here...

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
01/25/2017
It has been five days since his inauguration, and the world continues to turn (and Trump continues to Tweet).  Thus far, we have seen remarks on attendance figures at the Inauguration, "alternative facts," Cabinet appointments, and a slew of Executive Orders.   Without getting into the politics of it all, here are some key highlights of Trump's first few days: Federal agencies have been instructed to freeze all pending regulations, which would...
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ACA Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

Clifford Geiger
Clifford Geiger
02/12/2016
The Affordable Acre Act (ACA) generally requires large employers to provide ACA-compliant health insurance to full-time employees and their dependents or pay financial penalties. For purposes of the ACA, a full-time employee is someone who works 30 or more hours a week. A class action lawsuit filed against Dave & Buster’s, Inc. (D&B) demonstrates the potential trouble for employers who reduce employee hours to avoid the ACA’s...
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Supreme Court Limits ACA's Contraception Mandate

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
07/02/2014
On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its highly-anticipated decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., U.S., No. 13-354, 6/30/14, ruling 5-4 that owners of closely held for-profit corporations with sincerely held religious beliefs can opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires them to provide employee health insurance coverage for contraception. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees must...
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New ACA Small Business Tax Credit Regulations Released

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
06/30/2014
Under the Affordable Care Act, eligible small-business employers can now receive a tax credit for offering health coverage to their employees. Final rules and regulations regarding the tax credit were released, and become effective, today. Who is Eligible To qualify for the tax credit an employer must: Have no more than 25 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees Have maximum annual average wages of $ 50,000 Pay at least 50% of employee health...
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Supreme Court Hears ACA Contraceptive Mandate Cases

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
03/26/2014
On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the validity of the women’s preventive services mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in two companion cases, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8418, granting cert. from 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2013), and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 8419 granting cert. from 724 F.3d 377 (3d Cir. 2013). Also known as the “contraception mandate,”...
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ACA's Employer Mandate Delayed For Some Businesses

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
02/13/2014
On Monday, the Obama administration delayed a significant portion of the employer mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act.  You may recall that employers with more than 50 employees were supposed to offer qualifying health insurance by 2014 or incur fines.  At the request of the business community, that requirement was pushed back to 2015.  On Monday, the Treasury Department postponed the deadline until 2016 for employers with between 50...
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Supreme Court to Decide ACA Contraceptive Mandate Issue

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
12/02/2013
There has been a lot of discussion on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the past few months. Congress has been twisting about it; the Obama administration has been pilloried over it. But one branch of government was missing in the recent theatrics.  Not anymore.  On November 26, the Supreme Court threw its hat in the ring too, agreeing to consider the validity of the women’s preventive services mandate in two companion cases, Sebelius v. Hobby...
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