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Alternatives to ACA Small Group Plans

One aspect of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, that will impact mid-sized businesses the most in 2016 is the “reclassification” of small employers to include not only businesses with less than 50 employees, but also those with 51 to 100 employees. Where companies of...

{Updated} California Paid Sick Leave Law

Updated 7/16/2015 On 7/13/15, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 304, which amended several vague areas of the current California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act. Below is a summary of the significant amendments: Unlimited Paid Sick Leave or PTO Policies...

Who pays for 401(k) plan fees?

There has been a lot of buzz around investment management fees lately, even in the 401(k) plan space. The mantra of the day—“The lower the investment fees, the better the return.” However, like sponsoring any benefit, there are fees associated with the administration...

A Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage

On 6/26/2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that statewide prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. Therefore, all states must now allow...

Montgomery County, Maryland Paid Sick Leave

On 6/24/2015, Montgomery County, Maryland approved the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill (“Bill”) effective 10/1/2016, which requires employers based in Montgomery County or whose employees work in Montgomery County to provide paid sick leave to all employees working in...

Oregon Paid Sick Leave

On 6/22/2015, Oregon passed SB 454, a mandatory sick leave law effective 1/1/2016, requiring employers who have 10+ employees in the state (or 6+ for employers in Portland) to provide their employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Employers with less...

Emeryville Paid Sick Leave

On 6/2/2015, Emeryville, CA passed a paid sick leave ordinance that will take effect on 7/1/2015. The ordinance includes additional paid sick leave benefits beyond the state requirements under the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (AB 1522),...

Women’s Preventive Care under the ACA

The Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury jointly released FAQs that provide additional guidance on women’s preventive care under the ACA. Pursuant to the ACA, all non-grandfathered group health plans are required to cover the following...