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It’s a done deal! Federal spending legislation cleared by Congress today for the President’s expected signature contains a two-year delay of the excise tax on high-cost plans. Assuming the tax does go into effect in 2020, the cost threshold will be the same indexed amounts they would have been without the delay. However, the U.S. Comptroller General will conduct a study on appropriate age and gender adjustments in consultation with NAIC.

 

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When we asked employers in a recent survey about their response to the ACA's shared responsibility requirements, about one in ten told us they would have fewer employees working 30 or more hours per week by 2015. The authors of this article - both involved in litigation law - caution that "to achieve the dual goals of managing health-care costs and avoiding ERISA liability, a company must enact any changes in its workforce management in thoughtful and measured steps."  They provide helpful advice for employers considering this strategy.

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