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IRS Publishes Final Rules on ACA Employer Responsibility Penalties

The final regulations published by the IRS regarding shared responsibility requirements, while similar to the proposed rules, address questions posed by employers trying to figure out how to practically apply the ACA’s employer shared responsibility requirements. This ACA provision focuses on requiring “large” employers.

Protections for Companionship Services Extended by U.S. Labor Department

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, workers who provide companionship services to the elderly and who are employed by home care or other third-party agencies will be entitled to the minimum wage and overtime protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Sept. 17.

Medicare: ALJ Hearings Suspended on New Claim and Entitlement Appeals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has announced the temporary suspension of new administrative law judge hearings for Medicare claim and entitlement appeals. OMHA noted the backlog of 357,000 claims for Medicare services and entitlements already assigned to its 65 administrative law judges and the additional cases already pending assignment. 

Health Reform: 5 Critical Compliance Questions

Health reform has generated a lot of questions for employers. Some are large and philosophical and demand thought and research. Some are important, but basic, and you simply need the answers to comply with the law.

Small Thinking

Larry Minnix tells another great story from the 2014 Aging Services of Minnesota Institute and Expo about Jean Probst, who was honored as this year's trustee of the year.