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Stolen Laptop Leads to $4.3M HIPAA Breach Penalty

On June 18, 2018, HHS announced that a $4,348,000 penalty against The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) was affirmed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). The penalty resulted from HIPAA privacy and security rule violations and represents the...

EBSA Issues Final Regulations for Association Health Plans

On June 19, 2018, the EBSA issued final regulations related to the creation and maintenance of association health plans (AHPs) under ERISA. After considering over 900 public comments, the EBSA largely finalized the proposed regulations (see the Jan. 9, 2018, edition...

IRS Releases Eight New Issue Snapshots

On May 18 and 30, 2018, the IRS released eight new Issue Snapshots (with six released on the earlier date and two released on the later date). As background, Issue Snapshots represent the IRS’s periodic research summaries on tax-related issues. Here are the issues...

FMLA Forms Not Yet Updated, But Not Yet Expired

The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) three-year approval for the FMLA forms and notices used to manage the program was scheduled to expire on May 31, 2018. However, the DOL requested a 30-day extension to June 30, 2018. So employers can (and should) continue...

Final Regulations Related to Emergency Services

On May 3, the DOL, IRS and HHS (the Departments) issued final regulations related to ACA-mandated coverage for emergency services. As a reminder, the ACA places certain requirements on non-grandfathered group health plans that cover services received in an emergency...