iStock_000066252725_LargeAt the beginning of each calendar year  all employers who are considered “Applicable Large Employers” (“ALE”) under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) Employer Mandate Regulations will be required to file with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) annual information returns concerning the health care coverage offered to full-time employees.  Employers may be assessed penalties for failures

DOLThis post was authored by Jessica Frier

Federal COBRA legislation allows departing employees and dependents to continue coverage under an employer’s group health plan after coverage is lost for almost any reason—including death, divorce, reduction in hours, and even termination for cause.  Only the employee’s “gross misconduct” provides a basis to deny COBRA coverage.

But

Healthcare.jpgThis post was authored by Stephanie Lowe

The federal government recently released updates to the model Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”) notices available to employers on the Department of Labor (“DOL”) website.  The updated model notices clarify that additional cost-effective coverage options, including financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), may be available

iconic-collumn.jpgThis guest post was authored by Heather DeBlanc

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to report the cost of employer-provided group health plan coverage on the 2012 Forms W-2 provided to employees this January 2013.  Employers who issued fewer than 250 Forms W-2 in January 2012, do not need to comply with