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Benefits Byte: All 2010 Issues


December 28, 2010

  • Agencies Issue Request for Information on Value-Based Insurance Design and Preventive Services

December 23, 2010

  • IRS Releases Notice 2011-02 Clarifying PPACA Section 162(m)(6) — Conference Call on Wednesday, December 29
  • Treasury Department Issues Notice Addressing Compliance Concerns Related to PPACA Nondiscrimination Rules
  • Agencies Release Part V FAQ Guidance for PPACA, Mental Health Parity and HIPAA Wellness Rule Implementation

December 20, 2010

  • Senate Passes Pension Funding Technical Corrections

December 16, 2010

  • IRS Provides Transition Relief for Puerto Rican Plan Spinoffs

December 15, 2010

  • PBGC Issues Reportable Events Guidance
  • Senate Approves Tax Package with Mass Transit Parity Provision

December 13, 2010

  • Letters Circulating Requesting Information on 401(k) Plans
  • Federal Court Strikes Down PPACA Individual Mandate

December 10, 2010

  • HHS Issues Supplemental Guidance for 'Mini-Med' Plans
  • Senate Tax Package Includes Mass Transit Parity

December 9, 2010

  • Council Responds to RFI Regarding PPACA Federal External Review Process
  • Senate Approves Doc Fix with Health Insurance Subsidy Recapture

December 8, 2010

  • Treasury, IRS Issue Priority Guidance Plan for 2010-2011
  • IRS Provides Guidance on Multiemployer Plan Amortization Period Extensions

December 7, 2010

  • Council Testifies at DOL Hearing on Health and Welfare Plan Fee Disclosure

December 6, 2010

  • Senate Rejects Tax Package Including PRA Technical Corrections, Mass Transit Parity
  • Presidential Commission Fails to Approve Final Deficit Reduction Report
  • Public Pension Transparency Bill Introduced in House

December 2, 2010

  • Presidential Commission Issues Final Deficit Reduction Report

December 1, 2010

  • Council Testifies Before Senate HELP Committee on PBGC Governance
  • Senate Committee Examines "Mini-Med" Health Insurance Coverage

November 30, 2010

  • IRS Extends PPA Deadline for Certain Retirement Plan Amendments
  • IRS Expands Relief for NQDC Plan Document Corrections

November 29, 2010

  • DOL Proposes New Rules for QDIAs, Target Date Funds
  • IRS Issues Guidance Regarding In-Plan Roth Conversions
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Multiemployer Defined Benefit Plan Funding Relief

November 24, 2010

  • IRS: Withholding Not Mandatory for In-Plan Roth Rollovers; Guidance Coming in "Near Term"

November 22, 2010

  • HHS Issues MLR Requirements under PPACA with Flexibility for Expatriate, Mini-Med Plans
  • Senators Brown, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Move Up State Waivers of PPACA
  • Council Writes FinCEN Requesting FBAR Guidance
  • Treasury/IRS Considering Transition Relief for Puerto Rican Plan Spinoffs

November 18, 2010

  • DOL Proposes Defined Benefit Plan Model Annual Notice Requirements
  • Obama Administration Requests Information Regarding PPACA Federal External Review Process
  • Council Comments on "Family Offices" under Financial Services Act

November 17, 2010

  • Bipartisan Group Issues Alternative Deficit Reduction Proposal with Implications for Benefits Policy
  • GAO Report Examines Multiemployer Pension Plans
  • DOL Launches Employee Contributions Enforcement Initiative
  • Pay Discrimination Legislation Defeated in Procedural Vote

November 16, 2010

  • PPACA Grandfather Plan Regulations Amended to Allow Change in Carrier
  • Legislation Introduced to Repeal PPACA 1099 Reporting Requirements
  • Council Urging Transition Relief for Puerto Rican Plan Spinoffs
  • Senate May Consider Pay Discrimination Legislation

November 12, 2010

  • Group Letter Expresses Concern with PBGC Partial Termination Regulations
  • FASB Postpones Effective Date for Multiemployer Plan Disclosures
  • CORRECTION: Draft Proposal by Presidential Deficit Panel Has Implications for Benefits

November 11, 2010

  • Draft Proposal by Presidential Deficit Panel Has Implications for Benefits

November 9, 2010

  • EEOC Finalizes Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Regulations
  • DOL to Hear Testimony on Plan Fees for Health & Welfare Plans
  • Retirement Plan Regulatory Round-Up

November 8, 2010

  • HHS Announces Intention to Address Medical Loss Ratios for Mini-Med Plans
  • IOM Commences Study on PPACA "Essential Benefits Package
  • IRS Bulletin: Some Form 5558 Extension Requests May Have Been Inadvertently Denied

November 5, 2010

  • Council Comments on Nondiscrimination Requirements Under PPACA
  • Council Provides New Comments on Financial Services Reform Implementation: Executive Compensation, Swaps

November 3, 2010

  • Guidance on Financial Services Reform Could Pose Significant Challenges for Retirement Plans

November 1, 2010

  • Additional PPACA FAQ Guidance Released

October 28, 2010

  • NAIC's MLR Recommendations Released
  • PBGC Issues Guidance on Maximum Guarantees
  • American Benefits Council IN THE NEWS: Health Care Reform Implementation

October 21, 2010

  • DOL Proposes Updated Definition of "Fiduciary" for Investment Advice Arrangements
  • NAIC Sends MLR Standards to HHS

October 20, 2010

  • SEC Issues Regulations Implementing Financial Reform Law
  • PBGC Formally Extends Comment Period for Comments on Partial Termination Proposal
  • No Changes in PBGC Benefits, IRS Retirement Limits, COLAs for 2011 Plan Year

October 18, 2010

  • IRS Releases Final and Proposed Hybrid Retirement Plan Regulations
  • PBGC Provides Extension for Comments on Partial Termination Proposal
  • CPDP Provides Feedback to HHS on Health Care Quality

October 15, 2010

  • Summary of Changes to 401(k) Fee Disclosure Regulations Now Available
  • NAIC Updates HHS on Development of MLR Standards, Rockefeller Weighs In
  • National Quality Forum Releases Final Recommendations to HHS

October 14, 2010

  • DOL Releases Final 401(k) Participant Fee Disclosure Regulations

October 13, 2010

  • New PPACA Guidance Released Addressing Retiree-Only Plans, Long-Term Disability
  • DOL Again Denies Request for Form 5500 Filing Extension
  • DOL Expected to Release Final 401(k) Participant Fee Disclosure Regulations

October 12, 2010

  • IRS Makes PPACA W-2 Reporting Optional for 2011
  • Council Comments on PBGC Partial Plan Termination Rules
  • Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Long-Term Disability Insurance; Council Submits Statement for Record

October 11, 2010

  • Additional PPACA Guidance Released Detailing Grandfathering and Other Issues
  • PBGC Grants Request for Reconsideration of Premium Filing

October 8, 2010

  • Council Writes Treasury on In-Plan Roth Conversions
  • Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Retirement Security

October 5, 2010

  • HHS Releases Additional ERRP Information Including Eligible Claims Guidance

October 1, 2010

  • Council Comments on PPACA Interim Final Regulations on Claims and Appeals Review Processes
  • Council Writes Treasury/IRS on Partial Annuitization Issue
  • Obama Signs Small Business Bill, Including Plan Conversion Language, Into Law

September 30, 2010

  • HHS Issues Statement Offering Flexibility in MLR Standards under PPACA
  • House and Senate Recess, to Return November 15
  • Senate Defeats Resolution to Reject PPACA Grandfather Rules

September 27, 2010

  • Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Tax Reform
  • FASB Approves Position on Retirement Plan Loans

September 23, 2010

  • House Approves Small Business Bill Including Plan Conversion Language
  • GAO Report Examines State and Local Government Pension Plans
  • Council Writes CFTC, SEC on Swaps and Business Conduct Standards

September 21, 2010

  • New PPACA Guidance Released, Including Enforcement Grace Period for Certain Appeals Standards and Clarification of "Adult Child" Coverage

September 20, 2010

  • IRS Issues Request for Comments on Nondiscrimination Requirements Under PPACA; Additional Guidance to Be Released Shortly

September 17, 2010

  • Council Comments on PPACA Interim Final Regulations on Preventive Care
  • Worker Classification Bill Introduced in Senate, House

September 16, 2010

  • Tax Extenders Bill Introduced Including Pension Relief Act Technical Corrections
  • Senate Approves Small Business Bill Including Plan Conversion Language
  • DOL/EBSA Hosts PPACA Compliance Assistance Webcast Series
  • Comment Letter Submitted on HHS Proposed HIPAA-HITECH Regulations

September 14, 2010

  • Council Testifies on Lifetime Income Options for Retirement Beneficiaries

September 8, 2010

  • Council Writes CFTC, SEC on Swaps and Business Conduct Standards
  • DOL/EBSA Hosts PPACA Compliance Assistance Webcast Series
  • REMINDER: Sept. 9 PPACA Exchanges Webinar Open to Council Members

September 7, 2010

  • Council Voices Concerns over International Accounting Standards for Defined Benefit Plans
  • IRS Publishes Guidance on FSA, HRA, HSA, MSA Reimbursement of OTC Drugs
  • DOL/EBSA Hosts PPACA Compliance Assistance Webcast Series

September 3, 2010

  • HHS Releases Process for Annual Dollar Limit Waivers
  • Council Recommends Pension Funding Relief Technical Corrections and Guidance

September 3, 2010

  • Preparing for Insurance Exchanges: Council Attends HHS Briefing; Sept. 9 Webinar Open to Council Members
  • FASB Proposes New Multiemployer Plan Disclosure Rules

August 31, 2010

  • HHS Releases ERRP Approval List, Launches Secure Web Site
  • Lawmakers Comment on Disclosure Rules for Defined Contribution Plans and Service Providers

August 30, 2010

  • HHS Will Formally Announce ERRP Eligibility on August 31
  • PERAB Publishes Options for Tax Changes Affecting Retirement Policy
  • EBSA Updates Questions and Answers Regarding Expiring COBRA Subsidy Program

August 28, 2010

  • Process for Annual Dollar Limit Waivers Expected Shortly

August 27, 2010

  • Council Comments on PPACA 'Patient Protection' Interim Final Regulations
  • Legislation Introduced to Repeal PPACA Employer Mandate

August 26, 2010

  • Council Comments on Disclosure Rules for Defined Contribution Plans and Service Providers
  • Council Continues Push for Health Care Quality

August 23, 2010

  • Agencies Issue Guidance on PPACA External Review

August 18, 2010

  • EBSA Issues Additional EFAST Guidance

August 16, 2010

  • Council Comments on PPACA "Grandfather" Plan Regulations

August 12, 2010

  • Auto-IRA Legislation Introduced House, Comparison of Bills Now Available
  • PBGC Proposes New Rules on Partial Plan Terminations

August 11, 2010

  • Council Comments on PPACA Adult Child Coverage Regulations

August 9, 2010

  • Auto-IRA Legislation Introduced in Senate, House Bill Will Be Introduced Soon

August 6, 2010

  • Council Staff, Members Meet with Agency Staff to Clarify Health Reform Age 26 Coverage Requirement
  • Council Supports Administration Efforts to Improve Health Care Quality
  • DOL, Treasury to Hold Hearing on Lifetime Income Options

August 2, 2010

  • DOL Withdraws Proposed Revision of Welfare Benefit Plan Definition

July 30, 2010

  • IRS Issues Defined Benefit Pension Relief Guidance
  • Council Provides Recommendations to IRS on Priority Guidance

July 29, 2010

  • Pension Relief Technical Corrections Added to Small Business Bill
  • HHS Withdraws Final Regulations on HITECH Breach Notification
  • SEC Solicits Comments on Financial Reform Regulation
  • District Court Identifies Fiduciary Breach in Tibble v. Edison Case
  • District Court Dismisses ADEA Allegations in Pension Discrimination Case

July 28, 2010

  • New Council Chart Shows Status of Health Care Reform Regulations

July 23, 2010

  • SEC Proposes Regulations on Mutual Fund Fees
  • DOL Formally Denies Request for Form 5500 Filing Extension

July 22, 2010

  • PPACA Regulations on Claims and Appeals Procedures Released
  • Small Business Jobs Bill Includes Benefits Provisions, Could Be Vehicle for Pension Funding Technicals

July 20, 2010

  • Obama to Sign Financial Services Bill July 21; Colloquies on Pension Issues Now Available
  • DOL Denies Request for Form 5500 Filing Extension
  • House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Alternative Pension Investments
  • CORRECTION: 408(b)(2) Disclosure Rules Also Apply to Defined Benefit Plans

July 16, 2010

  • Additional Resources Now Available Regarding 408(b)(2) Disclosure Rules

July 15, 2010

  • DOL Issues Final Disclosure Rules for Defined Contribution Plans and Service Providers
  • Senate Approves Financial Services Conference Agreement

July 14, 2010

  • PPACA Preventive Care Regulations Released
  • Proposed HITECH Regulations Formally Released
  • Council Urges Extension of Form 5500 Filing Deadline

July 13, 2010

  • White House to Host Conference Call on PPACA Preventive Care Issues

July 12, 2010

  • Council Writes NAIC on Subjecting Expatriate Coverage to Medical Loss Ratio Standards
  • IRS Announces a Decoupling of Schedule SSA from Form 5500 Effective with DB Plan Years Beginning in 2009

July 9, 2010

  • ERISA Advisory Council Hears Testimony on Health Literacy

July 8, 2010

  • Summary of Pension Funding Relief Now Available
  • HHS Releases Proposed HITECH Regulations
  • Obama Appoints New Leadership of CMS, PBGC
  • HealthReform.gov Becomes HealthCare.gov

July 1, 2010

  • House Approves Financial Services Conference Agreement
  • DOL Releases Additional Guidance on Mental Health Parity Regulations

June 30, 2010

  • Council Submits Statement on Lifetime Income Options
  • ERISA Advisory Council Discusses Retirement Plan Audits
  • Senate Expected to Vote on Small Business Bill, Including Roth Plan Conversions

June 29, 2010

  • UPDATE: ERRP Application Now Available, with Updated FAQ

June 29, 2010

  • ERRP Application Now Available
  • Council Requests Additional Guidance on PPACA 'Adult Child' Definition

June 28, 2010

  • DOL Releases Published Interim Final Rule, Model Notices
  • U.S. Supreme Court Denies Rehearing of San Francisco Health Care Case

June 25, 2010

  • ERRP Application to Be Published Soon
  • Conferees Reach Agreement on Financial Services Legislation
  • Obama Signs Pension Funding Relief Into Law, Benefits Briefing Scheduled

June 24, 2010

  • House Approves Pension Funding Relief as Part of "Doc Fix" Legislation
  • Proposed TDF Rule Formally Published
  • IASB Issues FAQ on Pension Accounting

June 22, 2010

  • Agencies Release Interim Final Regulations on PPACA Requirements for Preexisting Conditions, Annual & Lifetime Limits, Rescissions, Patient Protections
  • Council Comments on Large Trader Reporting Obligations
  • Council Presses DOL Regarding Swaps Language in Financial Services Legislation; Conferees to Address Issue This Week
  • IRS Provides Disaster Relief to Sponsors of Pre-Approved Defined Contribution Plans

June 18, 2010

  • PPACA Regulation Update
  • Senate Passes "Doc Fix" with Pension Funding Relief
  • Treasury Issues COBRA Premium Assistance Interim Report
  • SEC Releases Proposed TDF Rule
  • GASB Issues Preliminary Views On Pension Standard Revisions

June 16, 2010

  • Funding Relief Legislation on Hold
  • Senate Aging Committee Hearing Focuses on Lifetime Income
  • SEC Proposes Changes to Target Date Fund Advertising Rules

June 17, 2010

  • PBGC Issues Technical Update Offering Relief on Alternative Premium Funding Target Elections

June 16, 2010

  • Funding Relief Legislation on Hold
  • Senate Aging Committee Hearing Focuses on Lifetime Income
  • SEC Proposes Changes to Target Date Fund Advertising Rules

June 14, 2010

  • Agencies Issue Interim Final Regulations for "Grandfathered" Health Plans
  • Letter Sent to Congress on Financial Services Reform Legislation
  • HHS Posts "Frequently Asked Questions" for ERRP

June 11, 2010

  • DOL Finalizes QDRO Rule

June 10, 2010

  • Congress Prepares for Conference on Financial Services Reform Legislation

June 8, 2010

  • Senate Begins Consideration of Legislation Containing Funding Relief
  • PBGC Reconsiders Position on Premium Filing Issue

June 7, 2010

  • Council Requests Clarification of PPACA Effective Date for Collectively Bargained Coverage
  • Council Submits Comments on Interim Final Regulations for Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
  • Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Survey Results

June 1, 2010

  • ERRP Draft Application, Instructions Available
  • Council Sends Follow-up Letter on After-Tax "Partial Rollover" Issue

May 28, 2010

  • Extenders Bill Approved with Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution Provisions; COBRA Provisions Deleted

May 27, 2010

  • House Revises Extenders Bill with Benefits Provisions, Council Summary of Pension Relief Now Available
  • Informal Council Survey Finds Modest Support for Early Adoption of Expanded Adult Child Coverage

May 26, 2010

  • Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing for PBGC Director Nominee
  • IRS Releases 2011 Indexed Amounts for HDHPs

May 21, 2010

  • Extenders Bill Includes Pension Funding Relief, COBRA Extension
  • Senate Financial Services Bill with Swaps Language
  • Senate Committee Leaders Write PBGC on Premium Filing Issue
  • Council Recommends Clarification for Retiree-Only Plans under PPACA

May 19, 2010

  • Pension Funding Relief Update: House Crafting Tax Extenders Bill
  • Council Writes Senate on Swaps Issue in Financial Services Bill

May 18, 2010

  • Treasury/IRS Release Final Employer Stock Diversification Regulations
  • Council, NCB Write Officials on Medical Loss Ratios
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Health Care Reform Small Employer Tax Credit

May 17, 2010

  • IRS Sends Compliance Questionnaire to 401(k) Plan Sponsors
  • DOL Releases EFAST Filing Guidance
  • Treasury, IRS Request Feedback on Priority Guidance Plan

May 11, 2010

  • Summary of PPACA Adult Child Coverage Regulations Now Available
  • DOL, SEC Issue Guidance on Target Date Retirement Funds
  • OMB Proposes New Rules for Pension Plans and Federal Procurement Policy

May 10, 2010

  • PPACA Adult Child Coverage Regulations Released
  • Pension Funding Relief Update

May 7, 2010

  • Group Letter Urges Senate to Fix Swaps Issue in Financial Reform Bill
  • Health Care Reform Resources Available

May 4, 2010

  • HHS Formally Releases Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Regulations
  • Employers Urge Good Faith Compliance Standard for PPACA Requirements
  • Council Provides Comments on Investment Advice Regulations
  • ERISA Advisory Council Announces 2010 Topics
  • PBGC Releases Multiemployer Pension Insurance Modeling System

May 3, 2010

  • HHS Unveils Early Retiree Reinsurance Program Regulations
  • Council Submits Comments on Interim Final Mental Health Parity Regulations
  • Council Comments on Lifetime Income Options for Retirement Beneficiaries
  • District Court Dismisses 401(k) Fee Suit Against Employer, Service Provider

April 29, 2010

  • IASB Releases Exposure Draft of Proposed Amendments to Employee Benefit Accounting Standards
  • DOL Issues Updated ARRA COBRA Model Notices Related to New Eligibility Deadline

April 28, 2010

  • Employers Urge OMB to Withdraw Proposed DOL Regulations Defining Welfare Plan
  • Worker Misclassification Legislation Introduced in House, Senate

April 27, 2010

  • DOL/EBSA Issue Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda for Spring 2010
  • Council, Employers Urge Appropriators to Fund Health Care Quality Measures
  • IRS Issues Guidance for Tax Treatment of Certain Plans Under New Health Legislation

April 21, 2010

  • Agriculture Committee Approves Swaps Legislation Relevant to Benefit Plans
  • Supreme Court Rules in ERISA Case
  • DOL Updates Employer Model Notice for Medicaid/CHIP Premium Assistance

April 19, 2010

  • PBGC Responds to Council Letter on Variable Rate Premium Filings
  • Employer Groups Express Concerns About Swaps Legislation
  • Council Comments on EPCRS Procedure
  • New COBRA Subsidy Program Materials Available Reflecting Eligibility Extension

April 16, 2010

  • COBRA Extension Enacted, Signed Into Law
  • New Health Care Reform Resources Available
  • Action Alert: Sign On to Letter to DOL Regarding ERISA Issue

April 15, 2010

  • Pension Funding Update: DOL Secretary Issues Letter to Congress

April 14, 2010

  • House Committee Cancels Hearing Prompted By Retiree Drug Subsidy Accounting Charges
  • Senate Rejects Additional Short-Term COBRA Extension

April 8, 2010

  • ERISA Advisory Council Releases Recommendations to DOL
  • American Benefits Council IN THE NEWS: Health Care and Pension Funding Relief

April 2, 2010

  • Council President James Klein to Appear on C-SPAN Saturday Morning
  • New Resources Available for Health Care Reform Compliance
  • Council Writes PBGC Regarding Variable-Rate Premiums

March 31, 2010

  • Council, ICI Submit Target Date Fund Information to DOL
  • Supreme Court Rules for Fiduciary in Mutual Fund Fee Case

March 29, 2010

  • Council Submits Amicus Brief in Stock Drop Case
  • Employers Write to OMB Regarding Proposed ERISA Regulations

March 26, 2010

  • Pension Funding Update: House Adjourns Without Agreement
  • Short-Term COBRA Extension Stalls in Congress

March 25, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: House, Senate Approve Reconciliation Measure Modifying Health Reform Law

March 24, 2010

  • DOL Updates Materials on COBRA Premium Subsidy Extension
  • DOL Updates EFAST2 Frequently Asked Questions

March 22, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: House Approves Senate Bill, Reconciliation in Senate Next
  • Short-Term COBRA Extension Legislation Approved in House, Introduced in Senate

March 18, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Reconciliation Bill Text, Summary, CBO Score Released
  • Pension Funding Update: House Discussions Continue

March 17, 2010

  • DOL Issues Updated ARRA COBRA Model Notices Related to March 31 Eligibility Deadline; New Extension Legislation Introduced in House

March 16, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Releases Paper on Retiree Drug Subsidy, Recommends HSA Clarification
  • National Coalition on Benefits Writes OMB on ERISA Issue
  • Financial Services Reform Bill Includes Executive Compensation Provisions

March 15, 2010

  • Part-Time, Seasonal, Short-Term Worker Issues in Health Care Bill
  • Dodd Releases Financial Services Reform Bill with CFPB Application to Benefit Plans

March 11, 2010

  • DOL Seeking to Issue Regulations Regarding Application of ERISA to State/Local Health Reform Efforts
  • DOL to Issue Revised Model Notices for COBRA Subsidy Program Shortly
  • CORRECTION: 457 Plan Roth Conversions

March 10, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Updates Priority Employer Issues Document
  • Final Senate Jobs/Tax Bill Includes Pension Funding Relief, Roth 401(k) Provisions, COBRA Extension

March 9, 2010

  • Senate Jobs, Tax Extenders Bill Includes Pension Funding Relief, Amendment Introduced to Limit Restrictions

March 8, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Addressing Several Outstanding Issues:
    Part-Time Employee, HSA Issues, Retiree Drug Subsidy Tax, Effective Dates

March 5, 2010

  • Employer and Health Plan Organizations Write Congress: More Transition Time Needed for Health Care Reform Legislation
  • House Passes Revised Jobs Bill with Additional COBRA Extension

March 3, 2010

  • Pension Funding Relief: Action Likely In Senate
  • Senate Passes Temporary Extension Act, Including One-Month COBRA Extension

March 2, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Obama Writes Congress
  • New Resources Available Regarding Proposed Investment Advice Regulations
  • DOL Releases Final Rules Regarding Disclosure Requirements, Civil Penalties for Multiemployer Pension Plans
  • Treasury's FinCEN Proposes New Rules Affecting ERISA Plans with Assets Invested Outside U.S.

February 26, 2010

  • Short- and Long-Term COBRA Extensions Under Immediate Consideration
  • DOL Issues New Proposed Investment Advice Regulations
  • Council Participates in PBGC Investment Policy Review
  • Congress Possibly Considering Worker Classification Legislation

February 24, 2010

  • DOL Announces Outreach, Compliance Assistance for 403(b) Plans
  • Reminder/Deadline Extended: Sign-on to Joint Company Letter for America Saves Week

February 22, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Obama Unveils Proposal

February 18, 2010

  • Doggett Circulating Draft Retirement Plan Nondiscrimination Legislation
  • DOL/EBSA Issues Revised Application for Review of COBRA Subsidy Denial

February 12, 2010

  • Senate to Scale Down Jobs Bill Without Funding Relief, COBRA Extension

February 11, 2010

  • Lawmakers Release Jobs Bill With Pension Funding Relief, COBRA Subsidy Extension

February 4, 2010

  • Council Joins with Rep. Pomeroy, Others to Urge Pension Funding Relief
  • DOL Issues Model Employer CHIP Notice of Premium Assistance
  • ERISA Advisory Council Announces Appointments

February 2, 2010

  • Mental Health Parity Interim Final Regulations Formally Released

February 1, 2010

  • Obama 2011 Budget Analysis: Health and Retirement Plan Proposals
  • DOL, IRS Request Comments on Lifetime Income Options for Retirement Beneficiaries

January 29, 2010

  • Mental Health Parity Interim Final Regulations Released
  • District Court Throws Out 401(k) Fee Suit

January 25, 2010

  • Obama Administration to Propose Retirement Savings Initiatives
  • BNA: IRS to Survey 401(k) Plans

January 22, 2010

  • Council Comments to PBGC on Proposed Reportable Events Regulations
  • Council, ACLI Respond to PBGC RFI on Irrevocable Commitments

January 20, 2010

  • Pension Reform Update: Group Letter Sent to Congress
  • IRS Releases HEART Act Guidance
  • DOL/EBSA Webcasts to Address COBRA ARRA Subsidy, Form 5500 Compliance

January 19, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Employer Letter Sent to Congress
  • U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear 401(k) Case

January 15, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Addresses Effective Date Issues, Wellness Provisions, Excise Tax "Deal" With Organized Labor
  • Nelson to Introduce Executive Compensation Legislation

January 14, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Lawmakers Reportedly Close to Deal

January 13, 2010

  • DOL Issues ARRA COBRA Model Notices to Aid Compliance with Subsidy Extension Requirements
  • Health Care Reform Update: Backroom Negotiations Continue
  • DOL Finalizes Safe Harbor for Small Plan Assets Only

January 12, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: Council Continues to Fight Excise Tax; New Analysis of Impact on HSAs Now Available

January 11, 2010

  • DOL Issues Outreach Information on ARRA COBRA Premium Subsidy Extension
  • DOL Announces Operation of EFAST2, New Form 5500 Documents

January 7, 2010

  • Health Care Reform Update: New Council Materials Available

January 5, 2010

  • IRS Issues Guidance on NQDC Plan Document Corrections
  • IRS Provides Automatic Approval for Defined Benefit Funding Method Changes Resulting from Change in Software or Enrolled Actuary