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January 6, 2017

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2017 Securities and Executive Compensation Updates
January 18, 2017 in PA
Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Tax Section 2017 Midyear Meeting
January 19, 2017 in FL
American Bar Association [ABA]

Shifting Paradigm of Retirement: What it Means for Employers, Workers, and Retirees
February 3, 2017 in DC
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

ACA Employer Reporting Update: Employee Statements and IRS Reports Still Must Be Filed
February 14, 2017 WEBCAST
HRWebAdvisor

Did You Know -- Unique State Employee Benefit and Employment Issues?
February 16, 2017 WEBCAST
ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits [JCEB]

Fiduciary Rules, Roles, and Responsibilities 101 for the Administrator
March 21, 2017 WEBCAST
ASPPA [American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries]

Legislative Update: Health & Welfare Benefit Plans
March 30, 2017 WEBCAST
TRI-AD

37th Annual Conference: Employers as the Avengers of Health Benefits
May 10, 2017 in IL
Midwest Business Group on Health

Legislative Update: Retirement Plans
May 11, 2017 WEBCAST
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[Guidance Overview]

Morristown, New Jersey, Issues Paid Sick Leave Employee Notice
"Morristown, New Jersey, has released the 'Notice of Employee Rights to Paid Sick Time' for use by employers preparing for the Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance's January 11, 2017, effective date.... In addition, the Town has released a Frequently-Asked-Questions sheet that attempts to address some of the ambiguity in the Ordinance. Significantly, the sheet clarifies that the Ordinance applies to companies that do not maintain an establishment within Morristown's geographic borders."
Jackson Lewis P.C.

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Federal Judge Denies Request to Delay EEOC Rules on Wellness Programs
"Some groups have raised concerns that workers could face discrimination if employers have access to their private medical information or that the data could be leaked or sold. But a group representing large employers said the lawsuit was a nonissue because the value of the wellness incentives most offer is nowhere near the 30 percent limit allowed under the regulations."
Kaiser Health News

Federal Court Issues Nationwide Injunction Against Enforcement of ACA Rules on Gender Identity and Termination of Pregnancy
"The government failed to submit much briefing on the issue, presumably expecting RFRA to be inconsequential given the Final Rule's express carve-out for RFRA-protected activities. The court, however, viewed the government's failure to identify a compelling interest as a serious deficit. The court further observed that the government's own health insurance programs -- Medicare and Medicaid -- do not mandate coverage for gender transition surgeries and that the military's TRICARE health insurance program specifically excludes transition coverage." [Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell, No. 16-108 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 31, 2016)]
Stradley Ronon

District Court Halts Implementation of Section 1557 Regs on Gender Identity and Termination of Pregnancy (PDF)
"[On] December 31, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an opinion preliminarily prohibiting HHS from enforcing, on a nationwide basis, the provisions of the regulation implementing Section 1557 concerning gender identity or termination of pregnancy. The regulations concerning certain required notices and taglines and translation aids aimed at individuals with limited English proficiency are not affected and are still in effect." [Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell, No. 16-108 (N.D. Tex. Dec. 31, 2016)]
United Actuarial Services, Inc.

Understanding Product Offerings and Choices on a Private Exchange (PDF)
19 pages. "Employers, on average, offer 14 different product categories to their employees through a private exchange. The median number of Medical plan choices being offered to employees is six, and employers are even offering significant choice among Dental and Vision plans.... Larger companies (200+ employees) offer the same median number of Medical, Dental, and Vision plan choices as smaller companies."
Private Exchange Research Council [PERC]

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The Republican Study Committee's ACA Replacement Proposal
"On January 4, 2017, the House Republican Study Committee, a caucus of conservative Republican House members, introduced the American Health Care Reform Act (AHCRA), their replacement proposal.... It is similar to proposals made by the Study Committee in 2013 and 2015.... The proposal would: [1] Repeal the ACA entirely, effective January 1, 2018 ... [2] Replace the ACA's means-tested premium tax credits and the current tax exclusion for employer-sponsored coverage ... [3] Expand access to and tax-subsidized contributions and expenditures for health savings accounts."
Timothy Jost, in Health Affairs

Rate of Uninsured Americans Has Dropped in Every State
"By 2015, one year after the ACA went into effect, the percentage of uninsured working age Americans fell in every state and the District of Columbia, particularly among those with low incomes who need health insurance the most ... Adults in Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Washington and West Virginia gained the most ... Kentucky led the nation with a 25-percentage-point drop in its rate of those who lacked health insurance."
Association of Health Care Journalists

Why Obamacare's Insurance Marketplaces Won't Necessarily Collapse with a Repeal
"Even with a transition period, some exchanges may lose insurers or see big premium hikes, particularly if Republicans abruptly end elements key to the financial stability of the insurance marketplace, like the cost-sharing reductions that help low-income people afford coverage. But many experts say it's unlikely that lawmakers would end such a critical aspect of the law."
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