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Employers can pay adoption expenses for their employees

USA - July 28 2014 Almost 40 years ago now, a young mother had the courage to give me up for adoption to my parents who could not themselves have children. All of my…

Labor department rule changes coming for job health coverage

USA - June 11 2014 Under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA), employers are required to provide continuation of group health coverage for…

New action steps for employers and their health plans

USA - May 28 2014 On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules with amendments to the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus…

ERISA = every ridiculous idea since Adam

USA - May 14 2014 It is rumored that President Reagan once referred to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as Every Ridiculous IdeaSince Adam…

Post-DOMA, IRS and CMS issue further guidance regarding same-sex spouses

USA - April 8 2014 Last September, three months after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, the IRS issued some…