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House Approves New ACA Amendment

Continuing its efforts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, the House of Representatives on Monday voted 401-0 to exempt emergency service volunteers from the 50-employee threshold triggering the healthcare law's pay-or-play mandate. Last week, the House unanimously approved a similar measure exempting veterans covered under TRICARE or comparable insurance from being counted as an employee for ACA's shared responsibility purposes. As of January 1 of this year, employers with at least 100 full-time or full-time equivalent employees must provide health insurance that meets certain...

Extension to the Prepayment Window Period in Puerto Rico Finally Approved

As previously reported, Act 77 of July 1, 2014 (“Act 77”) provided a period during which participants in retirement plans could prepay, at a reduced tax rate, the amounts accumulated under such plans.  The original window period covered from July 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014.  On December 22, 2014, however, Puerto Rico Governor signed into law SB 1189 (now, Act 238 of December 22, 2014) which, amongst other provisions, extends the aforementioned period until January 31, 2015.  Continue reading on Littler's Puerto Rico Workplace Counsel here.

House Passes 40-Hour Workweek Bill, but Enactment Far From Certain

On Thursday, the House of Representatives readily approved by a vote of 252-172 the Save American Workers Act of 2015 (H.R. 30), a bill that would increase from 30 to 40 the number of hours an employee must work per week to be considered "full-time" under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How many employees are considered full-time under the ACA is important for determining whether the employer meets the 50-employee threshold triggering the law's pay-or-play shared responsibility mandate. Critics of the ACA's 30-hour-per-week definition have claimed it will encourage employers...

House Approves Bill Exempting Certain Employees from ACA Threshold

As expected, the 114th Congress began its term by attacking provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (H.R. 22), a bill that would exempt employees covered under TRICARE or other health insurance provided by the Veterans Administration from being counted toward the Affordable Care Act's 50-employee employer mandate threshold. Under the healthcare law’s employer responsibility requirements, an employer with at least 100 full-time employees (including full-time equivalent...

Proposed Regulations Would Expand Definition of Excepted Benefits to Cover Certain Types of Limited Wraparound Coverage

On December 19, 2014, the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury published proposed regulations that would treat certain limited health coverage that wraps around eligible individual health insurance or multi-state plan coverage offered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as an “excepted benefit.”  Excepted benefits are exempt from numerous requirements generally applicable to group health plans, including the requirements of HIPAA and the insurance market reforms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Under the proposed rules, limited...

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Format: 2015-03-02
Format: 2015-03-02