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New Hardship Rules, New DOL Disability Claims Procedures, and ACA Developments

New Hardship Withdrawal Rules. We have been fielding a lot of calls from clients and friends who are receiving requests from their TPAs and other vendors to update their quali… Read More
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IRS Lowers Previously-Announced 2018 Limits; IRS Guidance on HDHP Status

Changes in 2018 Family HSA Limit and 2018 Adoption Assistance Limit The IRS just announced – mid-year – that the family Health Savings Account contribution limit for calen… Read More
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Upcoming Seminar; Upcoming Client Celebration; New Budget Law’s Employee Benefit Changes

I. Upcoming Seminar. As previously announced, we’ll be holding our next clients and friends seminar at the BWI Marriott on Thursday May 10, 2018, from 8 a.m. to noon. Pl… Read More
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Effective Date of Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

As we previously announced (https://smithdowney.com/2018/01/new-maryland-paid-sick-leave-law/), the Maryland General Assembly voted on January 12, 2018 to override Governor Hog… Read More
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Case Law Developments Affecting Bonus and Incentive Plans and Non-Competes

Case Law Developments Affecting Bonus and Incentive Plans It is quite common for employers to have bonus and incentive plans that require participants to be employed by the em… Read More
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ACA Employer Mandate – IRS Enforcement Project

This week the IRS announced that it is sending “thousands of” penalty letters to employers with more than 50 employees for alleged failures to comply with the employer man… Read More
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DOL Fiduciary Rule Update; May Seminar

DOL FIDUCIARY RULE UPDATE. On February 3, the President issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to: “Examine the Fiduciary Duty Rule to determine w… Read More
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New Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

The Department of Labor has published a new rule that requires employers to provide up to seven days of paid sick leave a year to employees working on federal contracts or sub… Read More
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New Law Permitting Health Reimbursement Plans in some Small Employer Situations

As we have previously reported, the regulators take the position that, since the effective date of the ACA, employer plans that reimburse employees for individual health polic… Read More
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ACA Reporting – Automatic Extension of Deadlines

During the holiday week, the IRS issued an automatic extension of the deadlines to provide the required 2015 health coverage reports to employees and to the IRS (Forms 1094 an… Read More
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Recent E-Alerts

During the early part of summer, as COVID-19 was subsiding, a large number of employers across the country began to accelerate plans to fully reopen their offices, with many t… Read More

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Barry Downey will be speaking at the NAPA 2021 Nonqualified Plan Advisor Conference, October 24-26, 2021, in Dallas, TX. Registration is required to p… Read More

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