About David Slaughter

David Slaughter
JD, Senior Legal Editor
Phone: 860-510-0100

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David A. Slaughter, JD, is a Senior Legal Editor for BLR’s Thompson HR products, focusing on benefits compliance. Before coming to BLR, he served as editor of Thompson Information Services’ (TIS) HIPAA guides, along with other writing and editing duties related to TIS’ HR/benefits offerings. Mr. Slaughter received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He is an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.

Recent articles by David Slaughter

  • DOL Exacting Fines for Noncompliant Wellness Incentives

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is stepping up enforcement of the limits on permissible wellness incentives. For example, Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. agreed to pay a $14,563.50 penalty and return a total of $145,635 in tobacco surcharges to employees who originally had to pay them.

  • District Court Finds Entire ACA Unconstitutional

    A federal district court ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional because Congress’ recent repeal of the individual mandate penalty undermined the U.S. Supreme Court’s rationale for upholding the law in 2012.

  • Trump Administration Proposes Expanding HRA Use

    Federal regulators have proposed allowing employers to sponsor health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for their employees to go purchase health coverage on the individual market—a practice that is currently prohibited under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • State Mental Health Parity Lawsuit Not Preempted By ERISA, 9th Circuit Rules

    A lawsuit alleging violations of Washington state’s mental health parity law was not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) because it imposed a duty independent of the ERISA plan’s terms, a federal appeals court ruled in Hansen v. Group Health Cooperative, No. 16-35684 (9th Cir., Sept. 4, 2018).


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