5 Health Law Updates for Employers. You Should Know…

For your reference, here are five health law updates of note for all employers. You should know:

1. The Tale of the Tape: Healthcare Reform Law Reaching the Workplace [Sheehan]

“The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes a number of mandates, on individuals, employers and insurers. While some mandates have been highly publicized others, including the requirement that employers include the aggregate cost of employer-sponsored health insurance on each employee’s annual W-2 Form, are lesser known. As employers have begun to implement the reporting mandate numerous questions have arisen about the scope of the requirement” Read on»

2. Summary of Benefits and Coverage Disclosure Requirements [McDermott]

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (PPACA), generally requires group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide a summary of benefits and coverage (SBC).  On February 14, 2012, the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services released final regulations governing the SBC requirement…” Read on»

3. Another Way Of Looking At The Obesity Problem [Fisher & Phillips]

“Obesity, of course, is linked to numerous other health problems, which, unsurprisingly, often results in such individuals seeking treatment in healthcare facilities. As an increasing number of overweight Americans enter healthcare and long-term care facilities, employers need to address the growing number of workplace injuries related to the care of such patients…” Read on»

4. Reporting the Cost Of Healthcare On W2s [Davis Wright Tremaine]

“Are you scrambling to do your W2s at the last minute? Not to put any more pressure on you, but if you have 250 or more employees and didn’t see the joint memo by Stuart C. Harris, Sarah L. Bhagwandin, and Richard J. Birmingham two weeks ago about how the IRS recently provided new interim guidance to help employers report health care coverage costs on Form W-2, then I just wanted to give you a heads up…” Read on»

5. Public Sector Supervisors Can Be Personally Liable for Violations of the FMLA [McNees]

“A recent Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision has made clear that supervisors in public agencies may be subject to individual liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The court previously has held that public employers, private employers, and supervisors in the private sector may be liable for FMLA violations. Now, for the first time, in Haybarger v. Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole, the court has extended FMLA liability to supervisors in the public sector…” Read on»

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