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Archive

2016

2015
Key topics include:

  • 40 percent tax on high-cost health coverage
  • DOL fiduciary definition proposal
  • Defined benefit plans and PBGC premium increases
  • ACA compliance, oversight & judicial activity
  • Tax reform & benefit plan incentives
  • ACA & GINA wellness regulations

2014
Key topics include:

  • Tax reform & benefit plan incentives
  • PPACA compliance, oversight & judicial activity
  • Defined benefit plans, PBGC & de-risking
  • Wellness programs & EEOC activity
  • Money Market Fund rules

2013
Key topics include:

  • PPACA compliance & delay of employer mandate
  • Tax reform & benefit plan incentives
  • Defined benefit plan challenges, premiums & de-risking
  • Same-sex marriage implications
  • Multiemployer plan issues
  • Dodd-Frank regulatory activity

2012
Key topics include:

  • PPACA compliance and judicial activity
  • PBGC premium issues
  • Defined benefit funding stabilization
  • Tax reform & benefit plan incentives
  • Puerto Rico plan issues

2011
Key topics include:

  • PPACA compliance and judicial activity
  • PBGC premium issues
  • Deficit reduction negotiations
  • SEC-CFTC regulations on swap trades
  • DOL fiduciary definition initiative

2010
Key topics include:

  • OPACA passage and initial compliance
  • Defined benefit pension funding reform
  • Final participant-level defined contribution plan fee regulations
  • Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation
  • COBRA premium assistance program
  • Final mental health parity regulations

2009
Key topics include:

  • Health care reform legislative debate
  • Defined benefit pension funding reform
  • COBRA extension/subsidy debate
  • Defined contribution plan fee disclosure legislation
  • Investment advice regulations delayed
  • Economic stimulus/recovery legislation

2008
Key topics include:

  • Defined benefit pension funding reform
  • Economic rescue legislation
  • State/local "pay-or-play" health mandates
  • Proposed defined contribution plan fee legislation and regulations
  • Proposed hybrid/cash balance regulations
  • Consumer-directed health care
  • Pay discrimination legislation
  • Genetic nondiscrimination legislation

2007
Key topics include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan legislation (Pension Protection Act)
  • 401(k) fee litigation/legislation
  • EEOC retiree health regulations
  • Nonqualified deferred compensation/Section 409(A) issues
  • Medicare Secondary Payer program for end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Cash balance plan backloading issue
  • Pay discrimination legislation
  • Genetic nondiscrimination legislation
  • EEOC/Erie County age discrimination litigation/regulations

2006
Key topics include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan legislation (Pension Protection Act)
  • 401(k) fee plan litigation
  • Cash balance plan litigation/guidance
  • State/local "pay-or-play" health mandates
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • EEOC/Erie County age discrimination litigation/regulations

2005
Key topics include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan legislation (Pension Protection Act)
  • Medicare prescription drug benefit
  • Disaster relief
  • 401(k) automatic enrollment
  • Roth 401(k) regulations
  • EEOC/Erie County age discrimination litigation/regulations

2004
Key topics include:

  • Pension plan interest rate replacement legislation
  • Medicare prescription drug benefit
  • Mutual fund reform bill
  • EEOC/Erie County age discrimination litigation/regulations
  • Consumer-directed health care
  • Definition of "dependent" for health plans
  • Bankruptcy issues