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Feb 17
2017

IRS Will Continue to Accept Individual Tax Returns “Silent” on ACA

Becoming the first agency to take action in response to President Trump's Executive Order directing federal agencies "minimize...the economic and regulatory burdens of the Act", the IRS has told tax preparers that it will not automatically reject individual returns that do not state whether or not the filer had health coverage. Although at first blush accepting these such "silent" returns would appear to be a loosening of the enforcement of the ACA's individual mandate, this is not actually a change in policy as the agency accepted and processed over 4 million silent returns last year.

Feb 07
2017

ACA Changes Continue to Be Delayed

In a Fox News interview aired Sunday, President Trump extended the timeline for his plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying that the "very complicated" process could take until "sometime into next year." This reference of a 2018 replacement timeline is far longer than that which has been indicated by the administration thus far. Previously the President had promised a replacement plan "almost simultaneously" with the confirmation of Tom Price as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Feb 06
2017

Maine’s Marijuana Legalization Act and the Delay of Certain Portions of the Act

The tsunami of information available on medical and legalized/recreational marijuana notwithstanding, it is important to keep in mind that information in this area can and does shift rapidly. Having checked with the Maine Department of Labor's Team responsible for the Maine Substance Abuse Testing Programs, this writer can confirm that guidance on Maine's legalization law, the Marijuana Legalization Act Section 1. 7 MRSA c. 417 is not yet available on the Maine Department of Labor Website. This is because the legal aspects of employment are not settled. Although Maine's Marijuana Legalization Act went into effect on January 30, 2017, on January 27, 2017 H.P. 66-L.D. 88, An Act To Delay the Implementation of Certain Portions of the Marijuana Legalization Act  was approved by the Governor of Maine. 

Jan 30
2017

The ACA: Where Are We Now?

It has been a busy couple of weeks for speculation on the future of the Affordable Care Act. Only hours after taking the oath of office, President Trump issued an executive order directing applicable agencies to “ease the burdens of the Affordable Care Act,” Republican “repeal and replace” proposals continue to dominate the news, and major Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines are fast approaching. With all of the ever-changing reports, proposal discussions, timing concerns, and general confusion around the future of the law, many employers are left wondering, “Where are we now?”
Jan 23
2017

Updated Urine Drug Testing Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs and DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Published

 As announced today by HHS, the following drug testing program changes will take place with the current effective date set to October 1, 2017:  Use Urine (UrMG) to test for additional Schedule II drugs of the Controlled Substances Act (i.e., oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone) in federal drug-free workplace programs, Remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) from the authorized drugs in Section 3.4, add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte, Raise the lower pH cutoff from 3 to 4 for identifying specimens as adulterated...

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