Alden J. Bianchi: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Alden J. Bianchi


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Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits
  • Executive Compensation
  • Transactions & Due Diligence
  • Health Information Technology & Electronic Health Records
  • Employment, Labor & Benefits
  • Privacy & Security
  • Technology, Communications & Media
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Nonprofits
  • Professional Services
Contact InfoTelephone: 617.348.3057
Fax: 617-542-2241
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University Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S., 1974
Law SchoolSuffolk University, J.D., 1978; Georgetown University, LL.M., 1979; Boston University, LL.M., Taxation, 1979
Admitted1978, Massachusetts; 1979, District of Columbia and Illinois

Professional & Community Involvement

•fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

•Member, BNA Pension & Benefit Publications Advisory Board


Alden is the Practice Group Leader of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice. He advises corporate, not-for-profit, governmental, and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, stock and stock-based compensation arrangements, ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, benefit-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and health and welfare plans.

Alden is nationally renowned for his advice on the Affordable Care Act's impact on employers. He represented the Romney administration in connection with the historic 2006 Massachusetts health care reform act, which laid the foundation for the Affordable Care Act. He has testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the subject of health care reform. His many published works include the the Bloomberg/Bureau of National Affairs Health Care Reform Advisor, a comprehensive work on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on employers and employer-sponsored group health plans. Alden also provides a weekly installment on the Affordable Care Act on Mintz Levin's Employment Matters Blog as he counts down to the January 1, 2015 ACA pay-or-play deadline.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (1995 - 2015)

Chambers USA: Nationwide - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2010 - 2014)

Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1) - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (2006 - 2014)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Employee Benefits/ERISA (2006 - 2013)

Who's Who in American Law

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


• Author, The Final Code 4980H Regulations; Common Law Employees; and Offers of Coverage by Unrelated Employers , BNA's Tax Management Memorandum ( 09.03.2014 )

• Author, Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit on Waiting Periods under the Affordable Care Act , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 03.04.2014 )

• Author, The Top 10 Changes Made to the 2012 Proposed Rule Under the Affordable Care Act's Employer Shared Responsibility Rules by Recently Issued Final Regulations , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 02.24.2014 )

• Co-author, The Common Law Employer Test and the Affordable Care Act - Will Businesses Be Responsible for Temporary Employees Assigned by Staffing Firms? , BNA's Tax Management Memorandum ( 02.24.2014 )

• Author, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury Issue Proposed Regulations Governing Excepted Benefits , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 02.03.2014 )

• Co-author, The New, New (EPCRS Voluntary Correction) Thing: 457(b) Plans , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 12.30.2013 )

• Author, Final Regulations Issued under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 12.13.2013 )

• Author, Treasury Department/IRS Issue Guidance Instructing Employers on How to Make Claims for FICA Refunds or Credits Post-Windsor , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 11.22.2013 )

• Co-author, ACA Update: Who Will Staffing Firms Have to Cover Starting Jan. 1, 2015? , American Staffing Association Magazine ( 11.01.2013 )

• Author, Treasury Department/IRS Issue Proposed Rules on Employer Reporting of Health Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 10.21.2013 )

• Author, Labor and Treasury/IRS Opine on Integrated and Non-Integrated HRAs, Medical FSAs, and EAPs , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 09.25.2013 )

• Co-author, Treasury Department/IRS Clarify Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages: Assessing the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 09.09.2013 )

• Co-author, Complying with the Affordable Care Act's Exchange Notice Requirement , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 08.20.2013 )

• Co-author, PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 08.14.2013 )

• Cafeteria Plans, the Affordable Care Act, and Continued Compliance with the Massachusetts Free-Rider Surcharge Requirement-New Advice from the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector , Employment, Labor & Benefits Alert ( 08.01.2013 )

• Author, It's Official: IRS Issues Guidance Affirming One-Year Delay in the Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate and Related Reporting Rules , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 07.10.2013 )

• Author, The Impact of the Supreme Court's DOMA Decision on Employee Benefit Plans - Some Certainty, Many Unanswered Questions , Employment, Labor & Benefits Advisory ( 07.03.2013 )

• Author, IRS, Treasury Department Issue Proposed Rules Governing Minimum Value, Affordability, and Wellness Programs , Employee Benefit Plan Review ( 07.2013 )


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The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 11: Rethinking ACA Compliance Strategies Involving Reference Pricing Models and “MVP” Arrangements
Alden J. Bianchi, October 17, 2014
Under the Affordable Care Act’s rules governing employer shared responsibility—which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H—where an applicable large employer makes an offer of group health plan coverage that is both “affordable” and provides “minimum...

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 13: IRS Notice 2014-49 Offers Useful Guidance on Changes in Measurement Periods or Changes in Testing Methods
Alden J. Bianchi, October 6, 2014
For purposes of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules (which are codified in Internal Revenue Code § 4980H), employers must identify their “full-time employees.” Final regulations issued under Code § 4980H provide two principle...

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 14: IRS Notice 2014-55 Gets the Employer Shared Responsibility Rules to Play Nice with the Rules Governing Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections, Among Others
Alden J. Bianchi, September 23, 2014
The Treasury Department and the IRS had a busy week issuing no less than five Affordable Care Act guidance items, consisting of:

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