Category Employee Benefits

New Health Plan Option Designed for Groups of Small Employers

Throughout 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor took steps to make it easier for small businesses to offer competitive health and retirement benefits to their employees. Association Health Plans (AHPs) will provide an innovative option for small firms to band together for health and retirement plan offerings. BrownWinick has been monitoring these... Read More

Time Off Policies

Amanda Jansen, an employment law attorney at BrownWinick, was quoted in an article titled, "Time Off Policies," in the April 20, 2018 online edition of the IowaBusinessJournals.com.  Read More

ACA Compliance - Now What?

2017 has so far been marked by much noise but little action regarding healthcare reform.  In May, the House narrowly approved the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), which would repeal and replace several provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “ObamaCare”).  Among other things, the AHCA would repeal marketplace... Read More

Updates in the Affordable Care Act

Cynthia Boyle Lande, an attorney at BrownWinick, was quoted in an article titled, "Updates in the Affordable Care Act," in the April 2016 edition of BUILD Des Moines online magazine. Read More

New Year Means New ACA Reporting Requirements

Alice Helle and Cynthia Lande, Employee Benefits attorneys at BrownWinick, were both quoted in an article titled, "New Year Means New ACA Reporting Requirements," in the February 2016 edition of the Business Record Iowa (in partnership with The Iowa Association of Business and Industry). Read More

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Reducing or Suspending 401(k) Safe Harbor Contributions

On November 15, 2013, the IRS issued final Regulations covering the reduction or suspension of 401(k) safe harbor contributions. These Regulations build on other final Regulations issued in 2004 and proposed Regulations issued in 2009. The new Regulations describe the steps that employers must follow to amend a 401(k) to eliminate employer safe... Read More

Health Care Reform - Wellness Programs - Final Regulations

Last week, HHS, DOL and the IRS jointly issued final rules on "Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans."  The final rules update existing HIPAA wellness rules, and are effective for plan years beginning after January 1, 2014.  They apply to both grandfathered and non-grandfathered health plans.  Note that... Read More