Tag: Jennifer Carsen

How Loyal Are Your Employees? Here’s a Test

By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Senior Legal Editor If you’re looking for an engaging and inspirational nonfiction read, I can heartily recommend We Are Market Basket, by journalists Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker. I’ve written about the gripping (yes, really!) supermarket saga before, but if you’re not familiar with the details, here’s a quick recap:


Managing Employee Status Changes Under the Affordable Care Act

By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Senior Legal Editor So, you think you’ve got a pretty good handle on this whole Affordable Care Act (ACA) thing. You know that you’re an applicable large employer (or ALE—and that “ALE” isn’t merely that thing you want to drink a lot of after a day of filling out ACA paperwork).

CMS Releases Healthcare Spending Projections from 2015-2025

By Jennifer Carsen, JD, Senior Legal Editor Total healthcare spending growth is expected to average 5.8% annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published on July 13 by Health Affairs and written by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of the Actuary (OACT). Projected national health spending growth remains lower than the […]

Is a HIPAA Audit Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You?

By BLR Legal Editor Jennifer Carsen, JD As a part of its continued efforts to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun a round of audits of covered entities and their business […]

U.S. Supreme Court Punts on ACA Contraceptive Mandate Case

By BLR Legal Editor Jennifer Carsen, JD For the past several months, court-watchers have been waiting for the Supremes to resolve a split among the circuits on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) contraceptive mandate. Today, the court released its long-awaited opinion—without ruling on the merits of the case.


ACA and Form 1095-C: The Fun Continues!

By BLR Legal Editor Jennifer Carsen, JD While the IRS thoughtfully extended the filing deadline for Forms 1094-B, 1094-C, and 1095-C to May 31, 2016 (if filing nonelectronically) and to June 30, 2016 (if filing electronically), you are hopefully long done with the worst of the process—because you had to get Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to […]