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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.

The Presidential Election and the Future of Health Care: Where Do We Go From Here?

This outline is intended to provide employers with a roadmap to assist with decision making regarding employee health benefits. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) appears, as a result of the Presidential election on November 6, 2012, to be a permanent part of U.S. health care.

Stolen Laptop Containing Patient Information Costs Providers $1.5 Million

On September 17, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates, Inc. (MEEI) agreed to pay an amount of $1.5 million to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended (HIPAA).

Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Calculation Method Not Available in Pennsylvania

Generally speaking, Pennsylvania employers are required to pay employees according to the minimum wage and overtime standards under state and federal law.

Allowable Confidentiality of Internal Investigations Narrows

Conducting investigations in the workplace may now be more difficult for employers thanks to a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”).

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