Tuesday, April 30, 2013

 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT/ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. PDT

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Please join Epstein Becker Green’s Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits practitioners as they review the Affordable Care Act and its ongoing impact on retail employers and their group health plans and programs.

U.S. government agencies are moving quickly to implement the Affordable Care Act. Rules have been released over the past few months concerning participation in health benefit exchanges; the 90-day waiting period limitation; employer responsibility penalties; discrimination based on pre-existing conditions; and expanded employment-based wellness programs.

This webcast will provide an update on the implementation of the law, including planning for 2014 and beyond, and will focus on how the law will impact retail employers both large and small, and what they should do now to plan for it.

During this program, Epstein Becker Green practitioners will discuss:

• The structure of the law and basic concepts affecting retail employers
• The Affordable Care Act implementation timeline
• Critical employer decision making and planning for 2014
• New developments

Presenting Epstein Becker Green Attorneys:

Michelle Capezza, Member, Employee Benefits
Gretchen Harders, Member, Employee Benefits
Jeffrey M. Landes, Member, Labor and Employment

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By Greta Ravitsky

I wrote the January 2013 edition of Take 5: Views You Can Use, a newsletter published by the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker Green.

In it, I summarize five actions that employers should consider taking in 2013 as the DOL steps up its audit efforts under the leadership of the reenergized Obama administration,

  1. Assess the Workforce
  2. Choose Whether to “Pay” or to “Play”
  3. Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees’ Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize the “Cadillac Tax”
  4. Understand and Be Ready to Comply with New Tax-Related Changes and Requirements
  5. Conduct Self-Audits to Ensure Compliance

The following is an excerpt:

With the U.S. presidential election behind us, it is clear that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) is likely here to stay, having survived a U.S. Supreme Court case challenge last June. While affected employers can avoid facing penalties until 2014 for not making health care coverage available to their workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has begun auditing employers’ group health plans for compliance with other requirements of the law that are already in effect. As the DOL steps up its audit efforts under the leadership of the reenergized Obama administration, below are five actions that employers should consider taking in 2013.

Read the full version on EBGlaw.com.

Please join Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care & Life Sciences and Labor & Employment practitioners as we continue to review the Affordable Care Act and its ongoing impact on retail employers and their group health plans.

In less than a year, retail employers employing at least 50 full-time employees will be subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions. Under these provisions, if retail employers do not offer health coverage or do not offer affordable health coverage that provides a minimum level of value to their full-time employees, they may be subject to a tax penalty under the proposed regulations just issued by the Internal Revenue Service.

During this program, Epstein Becker Green practitioners will:

  • Review the basics of the Employer Shared Responsibility provisions and proposed regulations
  • Define employer status under the proposed regulations
  • Clarify the definition of “full-time” employees and dependents who must be offered coverage
  • Discuss the determination of affordable and minimum value coverage
  • Review employer liabilities and penalties

This is the third session in the Employer Affordable Care Act Webinar Series for retail employers on upcoming rules and regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act. Please stay tuned for upcoming webinars on:

  • Exchange Implementation
  • Essential Health Benefits
  • Quality Reporting
  • And others…

Epstein Becker Green Presenters:
Mark E. Lutes
Frank C. Morris, Jr.
Adam C. Solander

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
10:00 – 11:00 am PST

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Contact Elizabeth Gannon at 202/861-1850 or egannon@ebglaw.com for more information. If you missed the first two webinars in the New ACA Implementation Regulation series, the audio recording and presentation slides are now available.

On Tuesday, December 18, Epstein Becker Green attorneys Gretchen Harders, Frank C. Morris, Jr., and Adam C. Solander offered a one-hour webinar titled “What Employers Need to Know Now!” as the second webinar in a series on the New ACA Implementation Regulations: Employer Impact.

The webinar included:

  • ACA implementation timeline
  • Structure of the law and basic concepts affecting retail employers
  • Critical employer decision making and planning for 2014
  • Alternative plan design options available to retail employers

The webinar recording and presentation slides for “What Employers Need to Know Now!” are now available. Contact Elizabeth Gannon at 202/861-1850 or egannon@ebglaw.com, to obtain a password to download the files.

Please join Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care & Life Sciences, Employee Benefits, and Labor & Employment practitioners as we continue to review the Affordable Care Act and its ongoing impact on retail employers and their group health plans and programs.

Since the Presidential election, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is moving quickly to implement the Affordable Care Act. Rules have been released in the past few weeks concerning participation in federal exchanges, discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, essential health benefit requirements, and expanded employment-based wellness.

During this program, Epstein Becker Green practitioners will:

  • Review the ACA implementation timeline
  • Discuss the structure of the law and basic concepts affecting retail employers
  • Discuss critical employer decision making and planning for 2014
  • Review alternative plan design options available to retail employers

This is the second in the Employer Affordable Care Act Webinar Series for retail employers on upcoming rules and regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act. Please stay tuned for upcoming webinars on:

  • Exchange Implementation
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Calculation of Full-time Employees
  • Quality Reporting
  • And others…

Presenters:
Gretchen Harders
Frank C. Morris, Jr.
Adam C. Solander

Registration Is Complimentary and Seating Is Limited

Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

To Register, please click here.

In addition to this blog, EBG’s PPACA blog will also post ACA regulatory developments.

For additional Information, please contact Elizabeth Gannon at 202/861-1850 or egannon@ebglaw.com.

Please join Epstein Becker Green’s Health Care & Life Sciences and Labor & Employment practitioners in a webinar series for retail employers. Registration is complimentary.

On Friday, November 30, Epstein Becker Green attorneys Frank C. Morris, Jr., and Adam C. Solander offered a one-hour webinar titled “The New Wellness Program Regulations, Part of a Webinar Series on the New ACA Implementation Regulations: Employer Impact.”

The webinar discussed:

  • Proposed regulations and the impact these regulations could have on your overall wellness strategy
  • Areas where employer comment is needed
  • Recent wellness litigation trends
  • Where EEOC fits in the picture

The audio recording and presentation slides for “The New Wellness Program Regulations” webinar are now available and you may contact Elizabeth Gannon at 202/861-1850 or egannon@ebglaw.com, to obtain a password to download the files.

This was the first in the Employer Affordable Care Act Webinar Series for retail employers on upcoming rules and regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act. Please stay tuned for upcoming webinars on:

  • Exchange Implementation
  • Shared Responsibility
  • And others …

In addition to this blog, EBG’s PPACA blog will also post regulatory developments.

For additional Information, please contact Elizabeth Gannon at 202/861-1850 or egannon@ebglaw.com