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Workers’ Compensation: Good News for Washington Employers

L&I proposed no increase in the Workers’ Compensation tax rates for 2013. This news is surprising as L&I had set the table for significant tax rate increases for 2013 and future years to fix the underfunding of their contingency reserve.

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Guidance Issued on the Definition of Full-time Employees and 90-Day Waiting Period Rules

On Friday, August 31st the IRS released Notice 2012-58 which includes much-anticipated guidance related to the definition of full-time employees for the purpose of the employer shared responsibility rules and related penalties contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Crowdfunding: Who Will (and Who Won’t) Be Doing It

Among the features of the recently enacted JOBS Act that has attracted the most attention are the legislation’s provisions for " crowdfunding." Under these provisions, a company is permitted to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period through an SEC-registered crowdfunding portal.

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Seattle Paid Sick Leave Update and FAQ

As most Seattle employers know by now, beginning September 1, 2012, the City of Seattle will require that all but the smallest employers provide paid sick leave to their Seattle employees. Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time (PSST) mandates that most employers provide paid leave, which increases depending on the size of a company’s workforce.

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Tips for Managing Employment Practices Liability in Hospitality Industry

One of the fastest growing areas of litigation for businesses of all sizes is employment practices, with a 32% increase in charges since 20051. These allegations include Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Wrongful Discipline, Negligent Evaluation, Failure to Employ or Promote, Hostile Work Environment, Breach of Employment Contract, and Deprivation of Career Opportunity.

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Washington Workers’ Comp: Rate Increase Coming to Rebuild the Contingency Reserve

The State of Washington, which administers the Workers’ Compensation system for the state, has a financial problem because revenues have been too low to fund workers’ comp expenses.

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OCR HIPAA Audits

On June 10, 2011, KPMG was awarded a $9.2 million contract by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop HIPAA audit protocols and then conduct audits based on those protocols of HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates. Almost immediately the speculation started on what would be audited and what documents might be requested as part of the HIPAA audit.

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How Employers Should Handle MLR Rebates

As August 1st approaches, employers that sponsor an insured group health plan may be receiving a Medical Loss Ratio (“MLR”) rebate from their insurers. Self-funded medical benefit plans are not subject to these requirements.

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ACA Ruling: Impact on Employer-Sponsored Health Plans

On Thursday, June 28th the Supreme Court issued its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   In a split 5-4 decision, the court ruled the so-called “ individual mandate” contained in the ACA constitutional.

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The Supreme Court Rules the Affordable Care Act is Constitutional

In what may be the most anticipated decision in at least a generation, the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the so called “individual mandate” contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a split 5-4 decision, the court has ruled that it is constitutional for the government to require individuals to maintain health insurance or pay a tax if they fail to do so.

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Preparing for the Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decisions on questions related to The Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the end of June.  It would not be an exaggeration to say that millions of words have already been written regarding the Supreme Court’s review of the ACA.

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Estimated Cost Impact of the ACA Reinsurance Fee on Employer Plans

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released final regulations regarding the transitional reinsurance program that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires each state to establish beginning in 2014. The transitional reinsurance program is intended to help stabilize premiums in the individual market during the first three years that the state-based exchanges are in effect (2014 – 2016).

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