Benefits Law

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Who knows your business better than someone who’s worked for you before? Rehiring employees, however, comes with some caveats under the Affordable Care Act, depending on how long they’ve been off the payroll.
Proposed regulations would address an Affordable Care Act loophole—and could affect your compliance with the law.
Employees who have high-deductible group plans and who also make pretax contributions into health savings accounts have some payroll and benefits decisions to make. You can help.
The Supreme Court’s January decision in Hughes v. Northwestern could usher in a flood of lawsuits claiming breach of fiduciary duty involving employer-sponsored retirement plans.
401(k) plans collect a lot of valuable personal information about employees. And under ERISA, you have a fiduciary duty to protect plan assets. But what exactly is a plan asset? Is employees’ personal information a plan asset? If it is, your third-party providers can’t profit from it. According to a federal trial court, employees’ data isn’t a plan asset.
Here’s something you should almost never do: Ask older employees when or whether they’re planning to retire. On the other hand, here’s something you can do if you need employees in a pinch: Tap the expertise of your retirees.
Educational assistance will also benefit employees who’ve been on long furloughs and need to polish up their skills. The tax code lets you do this in two ways: An easy way and a hard way.
What is balance billing, and how does it run afoul of the Consolidated Appropriations Act?
Who is eligible for the subsidy, and who isn’t?