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Eye on Washington: Legislative Updates

Updated on January 23, 2017

Trump Administration Executive Order on the ACA and Regulatory Freeze

On Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order concerning the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the White House issued an immediate regulatory freeze.

HEALTH CARE REFORM

IRS Releases Updated ACA Tax Provisions Questions and Answers

Jan 11

On December 22, 2016, the IRS updated the ACA Tax Provisions web page with both new and revised Questions and Answers

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

IRS Guidance on De Minimis Error Safe Harbor for Form W-2 Corrections

Jan 10

On Jan. 4, 2017, the IRS issued Notice 2017-09 to provide guidance concerning handling of Forms W-2 and 1099 corrections when amounts reported are incorrect by no more than $100 (or $25 in the case of tax withheld).

HEALTH CARE REFORM

21st Century Cures Act Permits New HRA Benefit Plans for Small Employers

Dec 13

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed legislation (HR 34 – the 21st Century Cures Act, or the Act) that will allow small employers to offer stand-alone health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to employees that have purchased a health plan in the individual market, as long as certain conditions are met.

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

FLSA Overtime Rules Temporarily Blocked

Nov 23

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction and temporarily blocked changes to the regulations governing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.





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