Author Archives: Meredith Silliman

Worried About the Fiduciary Rule? Don’t Be…Yet!

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01 on March 10, 2017, which outlines a temporary enforcement policy related to its final fiduciary rule. Background On February 3, 2017, President Trump directed the DOL to re-examine the final […]

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What a Difference an “H” Makes

Late on Monday, House Republicans revealed, in two parts (here and here, with summaries here and here) the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) that is designed to meet the Republicans’ promise to “repeal and replace” the ACA.  In many respects, […]

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Penalty Amounts Adjusted Again!

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released adjusted penalty amounts which are effective for penalties assessed on or after January 13, 2017, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015.  You might remember that these penalties were just adjusted […]

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Tobacco, Heroin, and Mental Health (Treatment, That Is)

In the latest round of ACA and Mental Health Parity FAQs (part 34, if you’re counting at home), the triumvirate agencies addressed tobacco cessation, medication assisted treatment for heroin (like methadone maintenance), and other mental health parity issues. Big Tobacco.  […]

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Penalty Amounts Get Adjustment (Upward, of Course)

The Department of Labor (DOL), along with several other federal agencies, recently released adjusted penalty amounts for various violations. The amounts had not been adjusted since 2003, so there was some catching up to do, as required by legislation passed […]

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Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act May Affect Employee Benefits

The United States Department of Labor recently issued a Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) that includes an increase in the standard salary level and that will take effect December 1, 2016. Under the FLSA, certain […]

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Tired of the Health Care Hullabaloo?

Hullabaloo: noun: a commotion, a fuss. In recent years, almost every change to health care has caused a hullabaloo. Today, we thought you might enjoy reading about a few recent and proposed changes that, although important, have not caused quite […]

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California Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage a Week Prior to Windsor

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recognized the retroactive application of United States v. Windsor. In Schuett v. FedEx Corporation, plaintiff and her long-time same-sex partner, Lesly Taboada-Hall were married in a civil […]

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DOL’s Proposed Amendments to the Claims Procedure For Plans Providing Disability Benefits

Recently, the DOL released proposed amendments to the current procedural rules for employees claiming disability benefits under an ERISA plan. The proposed rules enhance existing procedures, mirror the procedural protections for claimants contained in the PHS 2719 Final Rule, and […]

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If At First You Don’t Have SSNs For Your ACA Returns, Ask, Ask Again

As employers and other coverage providers are already aware, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) will require that certain information be reported regarding the coverage employers offer or the coverage that is provided to individuals starting in early 2016. The applicable […]

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