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Mary Ellen Schill
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Wausau Office
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An Accommodation to Religious Accommodation

Posted on February 1, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Today the various federal agencies responsible for providing guidance on the Affordable Care Act issued proposed rules which just might satisfy the objections of religious employers to ACA's contraception mandate. It seems like every day another lawsuit …

Small Businesses can SHOP for Health Coverage Starting in 2014

Posted on March 11, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

When I take my Affordable Care Act show on the road, usually my audience consists of human resources and benefits professionals who are looking for information they can take back to their workplace and the business owners. Last week I had the opportunity…

No Backup Plan Needed, Exchanges Will be Ready by October 1 Says HHS Secretary

Posted on April 15, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Last week I had the pleasure of talking Affordable Choice Act with human resource and benefits professionals in Madison and Wausau. From some of the questions I was fielding it was clear that there were some out there who doubted whether the federally fa…

Sorting Out the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace - Forum Provides Answers (and More Questions!)

Posted on June 17, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On Thursday evening June 13, I had the pleasure of participating in a public forum sponsored by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service entitled, "Preparing for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: A View from Wisconsin." As one of thr…

How the DOMA Decision Affects Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors

Posted on June 26, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This morning, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. On equal protection grounds, the Court held that if a state has recognized same sex ma…

Treasury Department Postpones ACA Employer Mandate To 2015

Posted on July 2, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Treasury Department announced late Tuesday afternoon that it was delaying until 2015 the employer "shared responsibility" mandate, the Affordable Care Act mandate for large employers, until 2015. This means that employers with more than 50 full time …

One-Year Delay for Pay or Play Does Not Affect October 1 Opening of the Marketplace (Maybe)!

Posted on July 22, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

The Obama Administration's announcement of the one year delay for the employer shared responsibility requirements (the "pay or play" mandate) did not directly impact the October 1 opening of the health insurance exchanges (now known as the Marketplace). …

Waiting For The Affordable Care Act Marketplace To Open

Posted on July 25, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Late last month I returned to the scene of an earlier crime (October 2012) and once again met with employer-members of the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce to talk about the Affordable Care Act and the October 1 opening of the Marketplace (formerly kn…

Wisconsin Insurance Commissioner Announces Insurers Participating in Marketplace

Posted on August 7, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On August 6 the Wisconsin Office of Commissioner of Insurance released the names of the insurers who have applied to participate in Wisconsin's federally facilitated Exchange (the Wisconsin Marketplace). Thirteen insurers have applied to participate in t…

Halloween Trick, or Treat? IRS Issues 2014 Limits for Qualified Plans

Posted on November 1, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

On October 31 the IRS announced the various contribution and benefit limits applicable to qualified retirement plans, for 2014. Here's a link to our recent update which includes a handy chart. We've become accustomed to getting these annual announcements…

Your Mileage May Vary - IRS Issues 2014 Mileage Rates

Posted on December 6, 2013, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This afternoon the IRS issued the standard mileage rates for determining the deductible cost for operating automobiles for various purposes (business, medical, charitable) for 2014. Specifics can be found here. Clearly the IRS has noticed the decline in …

Treasury Department Delays Employer Mandate for Small Employers; Lower Threshold for Avoiding Penalties

Posted on February 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

This afternoon the Treasury Department announced that employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), but less than 100 FTEs, will not have to comply with the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act until 2016. The determination of w…

Get Your 2015 Health Savings Account Limits Here!

Posted on June 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Sorry to be a little late to the Ruder Ware tax blog party, but I have arrived bringing a nice housewarming present. Let's just say I'm re-gifting an earlier article I posted on our website back in April. Health savings accounts (HSAs) are tax creatures …

IRS Issues 2015 Limits for Qualified Plans

Posted on October 23, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Employment

Autumn brings two things, at least in Wisconsin. Lots of leaves on your lawn, and the IRS announcement of the contribution and benefit limits applicable to qualified retirement plans for next year. Lets ignore the leaves for now, but the IRS limits we c…

IRS Issues Changes to Gas Reimbursement in 2015

Posted on December 10, 2014, Authored by Mary Ellen Schill
Mary Ellen Schill
Attorney
Wausau Office
, Filed under Tax Deductions

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill recently authored an update detailing the changes.  2015 Standard Mileage Rates

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