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Employment Law

Supreme Court Term Ends with Employment Decisions:  What They Mean for Employers

On its last day of the term, the Supreme Court for the first time ruled, 5-4, that privately held corporations can have religious beliefs and concluded that the government cannot make all private employers cover the cost of contraceptive services. This decision undercuts a provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that requires that certain preventive services, including birth control, be included in all health insurance plans.

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Employment Law

IRS Delays ACA Employer Mandate for Some Employers

On February 10, 2014, the IRS and Department of Treasury issued its much anticipated final regulations on the implementation of the ACA’s employer shared responsibility provision (a.k.a. the “employer mandate”). To the surprise of most onlookers and the relief of many employers, the regulations include another delay of the mandate for employers with under 100 employees.

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Employee Benefits, Tax

Health Flexible Spending “Use or Lose” Rule Amended

On October 31, 2013 in Notice 2013-71 the IRS announced a modification to the “use or lose” rule for Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (Health FSAs). Health FSAs permit employers to reimburse employees for health care expenses, such as deductibles and co-pays. In general, these plans are funded by employees through salary reduction agreements.

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