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Cooking on the back burner: COBRA planning in mergers and acquisitions

Identifying potential liabilities prior to a business sale could significantly affect the details of the transaction and even the price itself. One of the most obvious but easily forgotten aspects is how to determine who will handle COBRA obligations. The true cost of COBRA is often not recognized. Early involvement of experienced benefits consultants can facilitate compliance with the COBRA mergers and acquisitions regulations and lead to an appreciation of the true economics of COBRA during the negotiation process.

Compliance Update: 2021 COBRA Subsidy Guidance Issued and COVID-19 PPE Now Qualified Medical Expense

Our national Employee Benefits Compliance Team is dedicated to helping you stay abreast of fast-changing legislative and regulatory developments and guidance related to health and welfare plans that could impact your business. This update will discuss guidance issued on the 2021 COBRA subsidy and changes making COVID-19 PPE a qualified medical expense.

Back to basics: Just what is the ESRP and what should I do about it?

The Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty (ESRP), introduced by the Affordable Care Act, requires applicable large employers (ALEs) to offer affordable and minimum value health coverage to their full-time employees (and their dependents), or to potentially pay tax penalties to the IRS. Whether you are new to the ESRP or your company is newly subject to the ESRP, this article covers some of the key details.