August 20, 2014
Benefits Compliance Advisor - August 2014

Employers weigh risks, benefits of private exchanges
One of the many questions surrounding healthcare reform is how the introduction of private health insurance exchanges and state health insurance exchanges could affect how—and eventually whether—employers offer health insurance coverage to employees.

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Considering the scope and impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision answered whether certain for-profit employers may avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraception mandate on religious grounds. However, the decision raised a number of other questions regarding its scope and impact.

ACA update: the forgotten tax that could cost millions
The Obama administration has delayed implementation of several sections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until 2015 or later. However, a key provision that may have a major impact on employers has been in effect since the ACA was enacted. This article outlines the potential impact of this “forgotten tax” on employers.

New EEOC challenges to severance and separation agreements
Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken an aggressive stance against what it says is employer resistance to the full enjoyment of rights secured by the various civil rights statutes. At issue are commonly used provisions of severance and separation agreements that the EEOC says illegally impede an employee’s right to file discrimination charges and cooperate with EEOC investigations.

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