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HTMLNinth Circuit Sides with Orange County in Retiree Health Benefits Case
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2014, previously published on February 19, 2014
A federal appellate court has affirmed a U.S. District Court’s decision to grant Orange County’s motion for summary judgment in Retired Employees Association of Orange County, Inc. v. County of Orange. The Ninth Circuit found that the evidence presented by Retired Employees Association...

 

HTMLImplementation of the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Rules Eased for Mid-Sized Employers
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 14, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014
Yesterday, the Department of the Treasury released the final regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility provisions, commonly known as the “Play or Pay” rules. The final regulations contain transition guidance that postpones the application of...

 

HTMLU.S. Department of Treasury Directed to Create "myRA"
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 10, 2014, previously published on February 5, 2014
President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department of the Treasury to create the “myRA” (short for “my retirement account”), and signed a presidential memorandum to that effect last week. Employers will not be required to...

 

HTMLCourt's Tentative Decision on San Jose's Pension Reform Measure Appears to Favor City
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014
A tentative decision on the legal challenges to the City of San Jose’s pension reform measure, Measure B, was released late last month. While the court rejected the challenges to most of the provisions, it continued the judicial trend of bolstering the vested rights doctrine where it is...

 

HTMLCalifornia Mayors Propose Game-Changing Pension Reform
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2013, previously published on December 10, 2013
In October, five California mayors proposed a statewide initiative - The Pension Reform Act of 2014 (Act) - which, if approved, will amend the California Constitution. The Act was amended last month for the principal purpose of eliminating the provision which entitled its proponents to legal fees...

 

HTMLEmployers May Allow Unused Amounts in Health FSAs to be Carried Forward for An Entire Year
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 4, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service recently released Notice 2013-71, which provides an alternative to the Grace Period Rule for health flexible spending arrangements (FSA). Under this alternative, cafeteria plans may now allow employees to carry over up to $500 of unused amounts remaining in a health FSA...

 

HTMLDeadline Fast Approaching for the Health Insurance Exchange Notice
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 19, 2013, previously published on September 17, 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to notify employees of the coverage options available through state insurance exchanges, such as Covered California. Notice must be delivered to all employees hired before October 1, 2013 no later than October...

 

HTMLIRS Guidance Released on the Delayed Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Rules
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 15, 2013, previously published on July 11, 2013
On the heels of last week’s announcement that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements and Play or Pay penalties will not go into effect until 2015, the IRS has released transition relief clarifying that the delayed implementation is restricted solely to these provisions....

 

HTMLWhat the DOMA and Prop. 8 Decisions Mean for Employers
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 4, 2013, previously published on July 2, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) definition of marriage is unconstitutional. The Court's decision and the decisions allowing same-sex marriage to resume in California will have a significant impact on the benefits provided by employers to the...

 

HTMLThe Affordable Care Act’s Patient-Centered Outcomes Fee Deadline is Approaching
Allison De Tal, Isabel Cesanto Safie, John D. Wahlin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 1, 2013, previously published on June 24, 2013
As part of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies offering certain health insurance policies and employers, including public agencies, that sponsor certain self-insured plans may be responsible for reporting and paying a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute fee (PCORI Fee) by July 31....

 


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