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Employer Wellness Programs: New Rule Increases Maximum Permissible Reward and Also Imposes Anti-discrimination Safeguards

Last Wednesday, the United States issued a final rule that will impact employer wellness programs starting January 1, 2014.  This rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”), provides additional flexibility to employers with respect to the financial rewards that can be offered for achieving health-based … Continue Reading

Health care reform: IRS Issues Guidance for Employers Determining Full-time Employees

As reported in Health care reform: The implications of Supreme Court’s decision for employers,  “the heart of the law requires that ‘large employers’ offer a medical plan that provides ‘minimum essential health benefits’ to their full-time employees or pay a tax effective Jan. 1, 2014.”  So which employees are full-time employees?  The Patient Protection and … Continue Reading
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