Author Archives: Serena Yee

Help for Hurricane Harvey…and Irma and Maria, Too

Employers seeking ways to help employees and their family members affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria should consider the various relief made available by the Internal Revenue Service under Announcements 2017-11 and 2017-13 and Notice 2017-48. Under Notice 2017-48, […]

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Telemedicine – An Expanding Landscape

According to one recent survey, telemedicine services (i.e., remote delivery of healthcare services using telecommunications technology) among large employers (500 or more employees) grew from 18% in 2014 to 59% in 2016.  Common selling points touted by telemedicine vendors include […]

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Button up Your Business Associates Agreements or Pay the Price

Last month, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a resolution agreement with the Center for Children’s Digestive Health (CCDH) which included a $31,000 penalty. This isn’t the first time […]

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Worried About the Fiduciary Rule? Don’t Be…Yet!

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01 on March 10, 2017, which outlines a temporary enforcement policy related to its final fiduciary rule. Background On February 3, 2017, President Trump directed the DOL to re-examine the final […]

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DOL Gives a Peek at Non-quantitative Treatment Limitations

While on this day, most people focus on the heart, we’re going to spend a little time focusing on the head.  Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), health plans generally cannot impose more stringent “non-quantitative” treatment […]

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ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published updates to its proxy voting guidelines effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2017.  Key compensation-related changes include the following: Non-Employee Director Compensation Programs In the case of management proposals seeking shareholder […]

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We Received an Exchange Subsidy Notice…Now What?

The Affordable Care Act exchanges/marketplaces are required to notify employers of any employees who have been determined eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit or cost-sharing reductions (i.e., subsidy) and enrolled in a qualified health plan through the […]

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EEOC Takes Aim at Erroneous Application of ADA “Safe Harbor” to Wellness Programs

In its preamble to the final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) published May 17, 2016, which will be the topic of an upcoming blog post, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) once again reiterated its disagreement with […]

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Have You Checked Your SPAM Folder Recently?

Nearly two years after the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) first announced its preparation for another round of HIPAA audits, Phase II of OCR’s HIPAA audit program is finally underway. On March 21, OCR began emailing various types of entities […]

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California Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage a Week Prior to Windsor

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recognized the retroactive application of United States v. Windsor. In Schuett v. FedEx Corporation, plaintiff and her long-time same-sex partner, Lesly Taboada-Hall were married in a civil […]

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