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Bona Fide Orientation Periods and the ACA

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has significantly altered the landscape of employment and employee benefits, and new final regulations promulgated by the federal government continue that trend.

Affordable Care Act Final Regulations Part IV: Non-Calendar Year Plans

On February 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This Part IV of a series of articles deals with the transition relief afforded to non-calendar year plans.

Five Common Errors To Avoid When Naming Life Insurance Beneficiaries

Purchasing life insurance is one of the most important decisions a person can make. However, this purchase can be undermined by lack of thoughtful planning regarding beneficiary designations. Below are five common errors to avoid when naming beneficiaries.

Affordable Care Act Final Regulations Part III: Monthly Measurement of Full-Time Employees

On February 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Part I of this series of articles provides an overview of the Final Regulations and Part II addresses transitional relief from the “play or pay” penalties. Part III, below, deals with the monthly measurement method to identify the full time employees to whom minimum value coverage must be offered in order to avoid penalty.

ACA Final Regulations, Part II: 2015 Transitional Relief for Applicable Large Employers

On February 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Part I of this series of articles provides an overview of the Final Regulations. Part II addresses the 2015 transitional relief from the “play or pay” penalties available to applicable large employers.

The Power of Attorney: Options and Considerations

In our last article, we discussed why having a valid Power of Attorney is essential to your future well-being. While the responsibility of selecting a trustworthy agent to act on your behalf may seem overwhelming, there are options to consider when establishing your Power of Attorney that may make the decision easier.

Affordable Care Act Final Regulations: Part I Overview

On February 12, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations are effective for periods after December 31, 2014, but may be relied on at the present time. This overview will provide a summary of the regulations and subsequent articles will address specifics.

The Affordable Care Act and Self-Insurance for Small Employers

As employers begin to feel the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) on their health benefit costs, many small employers (100 or fewer employees) are searching for ways to avoid the shared responsibility penalty by providing affordable coverage for employees.

Erie Inland Port & the Panama Canal Expansion

There is a television commercial for a large mutual fund company in which seemingly remote events influence unrelated outcomes around the world.

Dealing with the Profitability Squeeze: a Report from the 2012 LAW Annual Meeting

Lawyers Associated Worldwide (“LAW”) conducted its 2012 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) in Auckland, New Zealand.

Portability – What Was Fixed and What Was Forgotten

The American Taxpayer Relief Act (“ATRA”) signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2013 made the concept of “portability” permanent.

Health Care Client Update: Reported HIPAA Breaches Clear 500th Case Mark

As required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH Act”), the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) maintains a public list of unsecured electronic Protected Health Information (“PHI”) breaches affecting 500 or more individuals.

Top Five Trademark Mistakes by Business Owners

A trademark is a word, group of words, design, or symbol used to identify a particular product.
One of the benefits of obtaining federal trademark registration is that it provides the owner with the exclusive right to use the trademark nationwide on or in connection with the goods or services listed in the registration.

National Women’s Business Council 2012 Annual Report Recommendations

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), the non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice for the President, Congress and the Small Business Administration, issued its 2012 Annual Report in early December.

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