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WASHINGTON ALERT


Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office; Jeff Hannapel & Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Washington, D.C.


Supreme Court Blocks EPA’s Clean Power Plan for the Electricity Sector


THE CLEAN POWER PLAN RULE WOULD REQUIRE OVERALL POWER EMISSIONS TO DECLINE BY 32% FROM 2005 LEVELS BY 2030.


On Tuesday, February 9, the U.S.


Supreme Court halted the implementa- tion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) landmark carbon rule for power plants while it’s being challenged in court. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court granted a legal stay to states, business groups and energy companies that had argued the EPA does not have the legal authority to regulate green- house gas emissions and the rule would significantly increase electricity prices. Te Clean Power Plan rule would re-


quire overall power emissions to decline by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. States aren’t expected to comply with the new Clean Power Plan limits until 2022, but they were expected to submit their plans for compliance by September. Te D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has put the case on a fast track and is scheduled to hear oral arguments on June 2. A final decision is not antici- pated until later this year and would


ON THE HILL


Deadlines Extended for Affordable Care Act’s 2015 Information Reporting Requirements


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


issued Notice 2016-4, which extends the deadlines for the 2015 information report- ing requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


ACA includes new information reporting requirements under IRC sec- tions 6055 and 6056 that apply to employ- ers with 50 or more full-time employees and full-time-equivalent employees, as well as employers of any size that self-insure. Effective in 2016, employers are required to report to the IRS health coverage offered (or not offered) in 2015 and provide a related statement to each full-time employee or covered individual. Notice 2016-4 extends deadlines for: •


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and the 2015 Form 1095-C, Employ- er-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage, from Feb. 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016.


Filing with the IRS the 2015 Form 1094-B, Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns; the 2015 Form 1095-B, Health Cover- age; the 2015 Form 1094-C, Trans- mittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns; and the 2015 Form 1095-C, Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Cover- age, from Feb. 29, 2016, to May 31, 2016, if not filing electronically, and from March 31, 2016, to June 30, 2016, if filing electronically.


Furnishing to individuals the 2015 Form 1095-B, Health Coverage,


EEOC Releases New Reporting Requirements on Employee Pay


On January 29, the Equal Employ-


ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) unveiled a new proposed rule which would require companies with more than 100 employees to submit employee W-2 earnings and hours worked. Private sector employers currently have to file an EEO-1 Report, which provides the federal government with workforce profiles by race, ethnicity, sex and job category. According to EEOC officials, collecting more data would assist in enforcing equal pay laws, assess complaints of discrimina- tion, and provide better insight into the gender pay gap across industries and occu- pations. The EEOC and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) would jointly have access to new pay data. Comments on the pay data reporting proposal are due by April 1.


For additional information, contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Off ice, 202/842-4864, ssalmon@afsinc.org.


provide for a likely Supreme Court appeal some time in 2017. Of the 47 states affected by the rule,


nearly 20 are challenging its legal- ity and have slowed down or stopped planning now that they may have an


extra year and a half to work out their plans. Another 20, mostly supporters of the climate action, have decided to continue to have meetings about how to meet the carbon emissions limits for power plants.


The Supreme Court blocked the EPA’s Clean Power Plan for the electricity sector.


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