Limitation on Health FSAs Offered in Cafeteria Plans Under Health Reform
Excerpt: "Sec. 9005 of the Affordable Care Act concerns the limitations placed on health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) offered in cafeteria plans. Effective for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2012, a health FSA will not be a qualified benefit under a cafeteria plan unless the plan provides for a $2,500 maximum annual salary reduction contribution to the FSA. If the plan does not specifically prohibit salary reductions in excess of $2,500, the benefit under the health FSA will not be qualified."
Employers Will Pass Obamacare Costs onto Employees, According to Survey
Excerpt: "90 percent [of benefit specialists surveyed] believe that Obamacare 'will increase their organization's health care benefit costs'; 88 percent intend to pass the increases onto employees by increasing employee premium contributions or other cost-sharing measures; 74 percent intend to 'reduce health benefits and programs' by using stingier health plans, restricting eligibility for health coverage, and using spousal waivers or surcharges."
Obama Administration Sides with City in San Francisco Health Coverage Law Lawsuit
Excerpt: "San Francisco Chronicle: 'The Obama administration took San Francisco's side Friday in a legal dispute over the city's groundbreaking health coverage law, urging the Supreme Court to reject an appeal by restaurant owners who objected to paying part of the cost. In a long-awaited filing, government lawyers said passage of national health insurance legislation 'has dramatically changed the landscape' and reduced the likelihood that cities and states would adopt laws like San Francisco's."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Graduates May See Health Insurance Coverage Gap After All
Excerpt: "[W]hen parents ask for details from their employers about how to keep their children on a family plan, many are learning that their employers have said 'no thank you' to their insurer's offer to make the change early. Instead of modifying health plans now, they plan to wait to provide the extended coverage until they are legally required to do so."
(The New York Times; free registration required)
Health Care Tax Credit Comes with Benefits and Strings for Small Businesses
Excerpt: "Critics say the credit is too complicated and doesn't solve the underlying problem for small business owners: the rising cost of insurance. 'As long as costs keep going up, the credit is going to become less valuable,' says Bill Rys, tax counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business."
(Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Executive Compensation; Benefits in General
Supreme Court Resolves Conflict on Awarding Attorney Fees in ERISA Cases in Hardt v. Reliance Standard Life
Excerpt: "Resolving a long-standing conflict in the Federal Circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court . . . has held that a party need not 'prevail' in its Employee Retiree Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation for a court to award the party attorneys' fees; rather, the Court held that a party in an ERISA case is eligible for a fee award if it achieves 'some degree of success on the merits' in the litigation."
(Littler Mendelson P.C.)
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