IRS Begins Issuing Regulations Under PPACA

The Internal Revenue Service has begun issuing regulations implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the federal health reform law.  You can expect to see new regulations under the law coming out monthly for the remainder of the year.  At a recent speech to the American Health Lawyers Association, a spokesperson for CMS said that HHS is presently drafting 18 sets of new regulations that have to be in effect duri ng 2010, compared to its normal output of 2 - 3 sets.

The IRS's first rules relate to extending dependent coverage under a parent's health insurance to include children up to age 26.

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New Guidance on an Employee Waiver in Exchange for Severance Pay

The EECO recently issued guidance on employees' concerns about waiving and releasing possible claims against their employers as part of a settlement agreement that grants them severance pay upon termination of their employment.   While there is nothing in this document that will be surprising to a human resources director, it provides insight as to how the EEOC analyzes the issues in deciding whether or not a waiver should be applied to a discrimination claim filed post-termination.  It's worth a read and keeping on file if you may potentially be involved in terminating an employee's employment.