Category Archives: Benefits

IRS Will Impose No Penalties on Timely Affordable Care Act Filings, Even if Incomplete or Incorrect; Extends Deadline for Employee Notices

by Wendy L. Grabel The IRS has just announced that it will continue its past policy of imposing no penalties on Employers who make good faith, timely efforts to meet their filing requirements under the the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … Continue reading

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Skoler Abbott Attorney to Present at Springfield Lunch ‘N Learn

Major changes to the federal overtime compensation rules are less than a month away. Next week, Skoler Abbott Attorney John Gannon will be discussing the new rules in detail during the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Lunch ‘N Learn event. Attorney Gannon … Continue reading

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Employers’ Rights to Reimbursement May Be Lost, If Delayed

by Wendy L. Grabel Just last week, the Supreme Court ruled that an employer sponsored health plan could not recover money from an injured employee because it waited too long to try to recover those funds.  The case deals with … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Tell Employees About FMLA Leave

by Amelia J. Holstrom Employers with 50 or more employees within a 75 mile radius are required to provide FMLA leave to qualified employees.  But what happens when an employer with fewer than 50 employees within a 75 mile radius has … Continue reading

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LMRA Does Not Preempt Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk When the Massachusetts Earned Sick Leave law was passed, some unionized employers expressed concern over how the law would affect their existing union contracts.  Such employers, having already negotiated with their unions over the amount of … Continue reading

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Cash Reimbursements for “Outside” Medical Coverage Bring Employer Penalties

by Wendy L. Grabel Temporary Penalty Suspension for Small Employers and S Corporations New IRS Guidance on How to Revise Your Reimbursement Program A popular tax-free benefit, long offered by small employers, is now subject to penalties under the Affordable … Continue reading

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Deval Patrick Signs Bill Converting Maternity Leave to Parental Leave

by Susan G. Fentin On his way out the door this week, Governor Patrick signed a number of bills that had been passed by the Massachusetts legislature, including a significant amendment to Mass. Gen. L. ch. Ch. 149, section 105D, … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Employers Must Revise Their Section 125 or Flex Plan Documents

by Wendy L. Grabel It’s time for all Massachusetts employers to (slightly) revise their “cafeteria plan” documents.  These employer plans can no longer allow MA Health Connector plan enrollees to make salary deductions towards their health plan premiums. Failure to … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, ERISA!

by Wendy L. Grabel This month marks the 40th anniversary of ERISA, with its flurry of filings, forms, and the fiduciary obligations that mark today’s employee benefits.  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act sets the administrative rules for pensions, 401(k)s, … Continue reading

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Changes Enacted to Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law

by Susan G. Fentin On June 6, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) signed P.A. 14-128, which amends Connecticut’s paid sick leave statute.  The change affects how an employer can determine whether it employs the requisite number of workers that … Continue reading

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