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Archive | June, 2014

ACA: Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision

In a 5-4 decision announced today in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. (“Hobby Lobby“) (f/k/a Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.), the United States Supreme Court (the “Court”) ruled that the federal government erred in requiring for-profit, faith-based employers to pay for certain forms of birth control that contradicted their religious beliefs. The Court […]

Final Regulations on Orientation Periods Released

On June 20, the Federal regulatory agencies in charge of health care reform guidance (the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services) released final regulations (“Final Regulations”) clarifying the relationship between a group health plan’s eligibility criteria and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) 90‐day limit on waiting periods.  The final regulations will be […]

Using a Private Exchange to Execute a Change in Employee Benefits Strategy

Does the rising cost of providing an employer-sponsored health care plan leave you searching for innovative, cost-savings solutions?  Are you worried that implementing new cost reduction solutions could cause employee dissatisfaction – impacting retention and the ability to attract top talent?  Consider a defined contribution strategy, using a private exchange to maximize employee engagement, while […]