September 2013

High-Flying CT Firms’ Stocks Due For a Split?

Repeal of DOMA Leaves Employers Questioning the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

The recent repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) results in significant changes to employer-sponsored benefit plans. The purpose of this update is to inform employers of their obligations relating to their employee benefits plans and also to identif…

Action Item Checklist for Employers: Final HIPAA Privacy Regulations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) treats an employer-sponsored group health plan as a “covered entity” that must comply with the act's Privacy and Security Rules, which originally became effective April 23, 2003. T…

Action Items for Employers: Notice to Employees of Health Insurance Marketplace and Related Updates to COBRA Election Notices

The Affordable Care Act provides employees who are not offered health coverage by their employers the option of purchasing health coverage through new health insurance marketplaces (also known as health insurance exchanges) that will operate in every state…

August 2013

SEC Adds to and Amends Broker-Dealer Financial Responsibility and Investor Protection Rules

On July 30, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) made two significant announcements affecting broker-dealers: the adoption of new rules designed to increase protections for investors whose money and securities are held by SEC-registered…

New Hampshire: A Leading Jurisdiction for Trust Companies

In another big step forward for New Hampshire in the area of trust company regulation, on June 4, 2013, Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law House Bill 560, eliminating the New Hampshire Board of Trust Company Incorporation (Trust Board) and transferring…