Today the Supreme Court released its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a 5-4 decision. The Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The Court also held that states must recognize same-sex marriages that were lawfully licensed and performed out of state.
Valuing a Key Employee
It can be hard to put an exact monetary value on how important a key person is to a given business. The goal when valuing a key person for life and disability insurance is to get the correct amount of coverage based on the specific needs of the business, but that also corresponds to the realistic loss associated with the death or disability of the key employee from the insurance company’s viewpoint.
In many cases the amount of key person insurance requested is dramatically higher than is available from the life and disability insurance companies. For example, just because a firm is borrowing $10,000,000 for a project expansion doesn’t mean the insurance company will willingly write $10,000,000 of key man life or disability insurance. Specific details will be required by the insurance company to justify the insurance amount requested.
There are several valuation methods commonly used to determine the proper amount of key person insurance needed from both the business and insurance companies perspective. These valuation methods include: the replacement cost method, the contribution to earnings method and the multiples of income approach. A brief explanation of each valuation method follows below.
The proposed rules on use of financial incentives within workplace wellness programs were published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 16, 2015. These rules align the wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with the nondiscrimination rules in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
As employer groups with 51-100 employees renew or purchase health insurance coverage in 2016, they must abide by the rules and regulations governing the small group market, including those related to benefit coverage and essential health benefits; actuarial value, and premium rating restrictions, such as adjusted community rating and no medical underwriting.
The small group rules apply to fully insured plans, including those purchased in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplace.
In some markets, the state and insurance carriers may give employers the option to keep their plan for a while longer by:
- Changing their plan year to maximize the time the employer can keep their plan in 2016.
- Taking advantage of transitional relief, which allows employers in some states to keep their current plans through Sept. 30, 2017.
Employers that self-insure (self-funded) are not subject to these requirements.
Options and requirements vary by state, issuer and segment. For more information, please contact us for a consultation at 832-482-2494 or via email through the “contact us” page on our website.
The IRS recently released the final forms and instructions for Section 6055 and 6056 reporting. Additionally, the IRS released Publication 5196, Understanding Employer Reporting Requirements of the Health Care Law, in order to help employers prepare for reporting in 2016.
Forms 6055 and 6056 are not required to be filed for 2014, but employers may choose to voluntarily file in 2015 for 2014 coverage using the released forms and instructions.