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2014 summary of new Maine laws
  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • USA
  • May 14 2014

This year's 2nd regular legislative session was focused largely on budget matters, carry over legislation and a Limited number of new bills. Most

Expect focus - volume III, Summer 2014
  • Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
  • USA
  • September 16 2014

EXPECTFOCUS is a quarterly review of developments in the insurance and financial services industry, provided on a complimentary basis to clients and

Weekly Washington healthcare update
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • USA
  • April 1 2013

Last week, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Boustany wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius inquiring about a voter registration

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals holds certain severance payments are not subject to FICA tax
  • Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
  • USA
  • September 19 2012

On September 7, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision (United States v. Quality Stores, Inc.) holding that certain severance payments are not "wages" subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax, and upheld a bankruptcy court’s decision ordering a full refund of more than $1 million of FICA taxes paid by an employer with respect to severance payments it made to employees whose positions were eliminated in connection with the bankruptcy

Affordable Care Act: proposed regulations on employer shared responsibility
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • USA
  • January 10 2013

The Treasury Department recently published proposed excise tax regulations under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the

Breaking Treasury official announces anticipated delay in employer mandate, reporting requirements
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • USA
  • July 2 2013

It will be an additional year before employer and insurer reporting under Code Sections 6055 and 6056 is effective (so the first reports will be due

Federal government seeks Supreme Court review of quality stores decision excluding severance payments from FICA
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • USA
  • June 7 2013

On May 31, 2013, the federal government, after requesting two extensions, filed its long-awaited petition for writ of certiorari seeking U.S. Supreme

IRS notices address significant issues under the Affordable Care Act
  • Ballard Spahr LLP
  • USA
  • May 2 2012

In a series of three notices, the IRS has signaled the approach that it may take on certain key issues arising under the employer shared responsibility, or “pay or play,” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and is seeking comment on these and other questions

2011 Minnesota legislative summary
  • Larkin Hoffman
  • USA
  • July 20 2011

Several changes have been made to Minnesota’s alcohol licensing laws

Health care reform's medical loss ratio rebates and their impact on employer group health plans
  • Snell & Wilmer LLP
  • USA
  • July 13 2012

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (collectively, the “Act”), employers must move forward with implementation