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July 3, 2017

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[Guidance Overview]

New York Employers Can Begin Payroll Deductions for Paid Family Leave as of July 1
"[B]eginning July 1, 2017, employers may begin making deductions from employee payroll to fund PFL benefits and related insurance premiums. Because PFL benefits will be funded exclusively through employee contributions, the goal is to ensure that there will be a sufficient pool of funds collected to begin to provide PFL benefits by the effective date of January 1, 2018."
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

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[Guidance Overview]

Nevada Mandates Employer Provided Leave and Accommodations for Victims of Domestic Violence
"The Act amends Chapter 608 of the Nevada Revised Statutes to require Nevada employers to provide leave to employees who are victims of domestic violence, or whose family or household members are victims of domestic violence. The Act also imposes certain record keeping requirements on Nevada employers regarding domestic violence leave."
Littler

CMS Releases 2016 ACA Marketplace Reinsurance and Risk Adjustment Data
"Insurers in the lowest quartile of claims costs were assessed on average a risk adjustment charge of 18 percent of total collected premiums, while insurers in the highest quartile of claims received risk adjust payments of 27 percent of total premiums. Risk adjustment transfers averaged 11 percent of premiums in the individual market, up from 10 percent in 2015, while small group transfers remained steady at 6 percent of premiums."
Timothy Jost, in Health Affairs

Stabilizing Risk Pools to Drive Individual Market Stability and Promote Affordable Coverage (PDF)
"A recent study estimated that insurers would have t o increase premiums by 34% in 2018 to compensate both for the lack of CSR payments and enforcement of the mandate.... [R]einsurance programs are a proven method to protect consumers and promote stability in the market.... In the short term, the most effective option would be to leverage best practices from proven programs, utilizing existing administrative processes and procedures and avoiding unnecessary complexity in administration and financing."
America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]

[Opinion]

American Academy of Actuaries Letter to Senate Leaders on the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (PDF)
12 pages. "To improve the stability and sustainability of the market, several actions are needed in the short term. These include: [1] Continued funding of the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) reimbursements; [2] Enforcement of the individual responsibility penalty (individual mandate); [3] Increased external funding through increased premium subsidies or to offset costs for high-cost enrollees; and [4] Avoiding legislative or regulatory actions that could increase uncertainty or threaten stability. [These comments] assess the provisions in the BCRA against these criteria."
American Academy of Actuaries

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Executive Compensation
and Nonqualified Plans

SEC Commissioner Addresses Prospects for CEO Pay Ratio
"In terms of delaying effectiveness of the rule, [Commissioner Piwowar] stated that public commentary would determine whether that alternative is feasible in light of the associated costs and benefits of implementing the rule. Though the latest comment period on the rule has ended, he urged interested parties to continue to submit comment letters describing specific reasons why the rule is burdensome, as well as proposed fixes. During the latest comment period, the SEC received approximately 180 unique comments, with 150 of those comments in favor of the rule."
Dorsey

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"We have been asked to respond to an auditor's inquiry. We are not aware of any litigation regarding this company. However, there is a union grievance related to changes they made to the retirement plan. Has anyone considered the issue of whether a union grievance constitutes a 'claim'?"
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