Yearly Archives: 2014

FYI: Puerto Rico Treasury Announces Key Benefit Plan Limits for 2015

By |Dec 23, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Updates Guidance on Transportation Fringe Benefits Provided Through Electronic Media

By |Dec 22, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: Then and Now

By |Dec 19, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Congress Extends Transit Benefit Tax Parity, but Only for 2014

By |Dec 18, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York Employers: Plan for Annual Wage Notices

By |Dec 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: San Francisco's New Restrictions on Formula Retail Employers

By |Dec 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court Rules Security Screenings Not Compensable

By |Dec 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Targets February 2015 for New Overtime Rules

By |Dec 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Announces FUTA Tax Credits for 2014

By |Dec 5, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Reminder for New Jersey Employers: Posting and Annual Notice Requirements

By |Dec 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: HHS Proposes 2016 Reinsurance Contribution Rate and OOP Maximums

By |Dec 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2015 Planning for Health and Welfare Benefit Plan Operations

By |Dec 2, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: PBGC Finalizes Additional Guarantee for DC Rollovers

By |Dec 1, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: New Safe Harbor Explanations for Eligible Rollover Distributions

By |Nov 26, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2015 Planning for Governmental Plan Operations

By |Nov 26, 2014|FYI, FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: IRS Proposes Approach to Changes in Measurement Methods

By |Nov 25, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court to Consider Statute of Limitations and Scope of Duty to Monitor Investments in ERISA Fiduciary Breach Case

By |Nov 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New Annual Filing Requirements for Retirement Plans – and Some for Welfare Plans Too

By |Nov 21, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New FAQs Address Premium Reimbursement Arrangements

By |Nov 19, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Voters Boost State and Local Minimum Wage Rates

By |Nov 18, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Transitional Reinsurance Deadline Delayed

By |Nov 17, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2015 Planning for ERISA Single-Employer Defined Contribution Plan Operations

By |Nov 14, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2015 Planning for ERISA Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plan Operations

By |Nov 14, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Paid Sick Leave Initiatives Pass by Healthy Margins

By |Nov 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: FAQ Offers Additional Guidance on Reference-Based Pricing and Out-of-Pocket Maximums

By |Nov 12, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2014 — Fall Edition

By |Nov 12, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: IRS and DOL Encourage Annuities in Target Date Funds

By |Nov 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court to Hear ACA Subsidies Case

By |Nov 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC Expands Living Wage Law

By |Nov 7, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Employer Questions on Transitional Reinsurance Program

By |Nov 6, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC to Require Employers to Offer Pretax Transit Benefits

By |Nov 6, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: 2015 Health FSA Contribution Limit and Other ACA Indexed Amounts

By |Nov 6, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Court Denies EEOC Request to Block Wellness Program

By |Nov 4, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: PBGC 2015 Premium Rates

By |Nov 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: CMS Delays HPID Requirements

By |Nov 3, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Employers Confront Growing Ebola Concerns

By |Oct 31, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Announces More 2015 Benefit Plan Limits

By |Oct 30, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: EEOC Challenges Employer Wellness Programs

By |Oct 30, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: Additional Guidance on HPID Requirements for Self-Insured Plans

By |Oct 28, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: SOA Finalizes Updated Mortality Tables

By |Oct 27, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Announces Key Retirement Plan Limits for 2015

By |Oct 23, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Social Security Benefits to Increase in 2015

By |Oct 22, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Expands Permissible Cafeteria Plan Election Changes

By |Oct 21, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: HHS Releases Transitional Reinsurance Contributions Submission Form

By |Oct 21, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: IRS and DOL Publish Rules on E-filing

By |Oct 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and Welfare Benefits 2014 – Fall Edition

By |Oct 15, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: Revisiting a Key Concept

By |Oct 14, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: CMS Releases Key Medicare Values for 2015

By |Oct 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Changes to Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law Coming Soon

By |Oct 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: States and Cities Are Banning the Box

By |Oct 8, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Final Regulations Address Limited-Scope Vision and Dental Benefits and EAPs

By |Oct 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Changes to Allocation Rules for Distributions Including After-Tax Amounts

By |Oct 7, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: District of Columbia’s Expanded Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law Takes Effect

By |Oct 6, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Hybrid Plan Regulations Relax Market Rate of Return

By |Oct 2, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: ERISA Advisory Council Examines Outsourcing

By |Sep 26, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: California Becomes Second State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

By |Sep 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Puerto Rico Treasury Issues Guidance on Window to Pay Reduced Tax on Retirement Funds

By |Sep 23, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Releases Final “Market Rate” Regs for Hybrid Plans

By |Sep 19, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: ERISA, Nixon, and the ACA

By |Sep 18, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: ACA and US Territorial Employees

By |Sep 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Issues HATFA Guidance for Pension Funding and Benefit Restrictions

By |Sep 15, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Deadline for Medicare Part D Creditable/Non-Creditable Coverage Notices Nears

By |Sep 12, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Issues RFI on Use of Brokerage Windows

By |Sep 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Puerto Rico Plans and Insurance Company Separate Accounts Permitted in US Group Trusts

By |Sep 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Departments Provide Guidance on Contraceptive Coverage Mandate for Religious Employers

By |Sep 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: More Cities to Require Paid Sick Leave

By |Sep 5, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: EEOC Enforcement Guidance Expands Protections against Pregnancy Discrimination

By |Sep 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Updates Guidance on Terminated Plan Missing Participants

By |Sep 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: Happy Birthday, ERISA!

By |Sep 2, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Releases Instructions for ACA Reporting

By |Aug 29, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: California Repeals 60-Day Waiting Period Limit

By |Aug 29, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York Court Upholds Executive Pay Caps as State Updates EO 38 Guidance

By |Aug 28, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: ERISA, COBRA, and the ACA

By |Aug 27, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Final SEC Rules to Usher in Floating NAV, Fees, and Gates for Money Market Plan Investments

By |Aug 26, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Approaching HPID Deadline Poses Conundrum for Self-funded Plans

By |Aug 26, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI:   New Hepatitis C Medication Sparks Debate on Innovation and Cost

By |Aug 21, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: ERISA Preemption and the ACA

By |Aug 20, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: HHS Releases Guidance on Electronic Process for HIPAA Opt-out for Self-funded, Non-federal Government Plans

By |Aug 18, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York State Expands Workplace Protections of Interns

By |Aug 15, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2014 — Summer Edition

By |Aug 14, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: A History Lesson

By |Aug 13, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: CMS Updates Regulations on Marketplace Special Enrollment

By |Aug 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Don’t Forget: Business Associate Agreement Revisions Due September 22, 2014

By |Aug 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Congress Passes Pension Smoothing Extension – No Premium Hikes

By |Aug 1, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and Welfare Benefits 2014 – Summer Edition

By |Jul 29, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Releases Draft Forms for ACA Reporting

By |Jul 25, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: FAQ Addresses Disclosure Requirements for Reduction or Elimination of Contraceptive Services

By |Jul 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Puerto Rico Tax Code Amendment Offers Window to Pay Reduced Tax on Retirement Funds

By |Jul 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Federal Appeals Courts Disagree on Availability of Marketplace Premium Subsidies

By |Jul 23, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Retirement Plans — Summer Recap

By |Jul 22, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: New York Legislature Nixes Annual Wage Notices

By |Jul 22, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Proposed FMLA regulations and CMS guidance redefine “spouse”

By |Jul 14, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York delays prohibition on employees serving as not-for-profits’ board chairpersons

By |Jul 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York becomes 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana

By |Jul 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Massachusetts completes repeal of employer coverage requirements; Individual mandate remains in place

By |Jul 10, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS issues final regulations on longevity annuities in individual account plans

By |Jul 10, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court to decide whether employers can challenge EEOC conciliation efforts

By |Jul 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: FATCA compliance update – IRS releases Form W8-BEN-E instructions

By |Jul 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: PBGC announces “4062(e)” moratorium through December 31, 2014

By |Jul 9, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Emerging trend toward higher state and local minimum wages

By |Jul 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Marketplace premium payment plans may be unhealthy for employers

By |Jul 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Final regulations permit one-month orientation period

By |Jul 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: Medical marijuana poses challenges for employers

By |Jun 30, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: High Court strikes contraceptive coverage mandate for closely held, for-profit employers with religious objections

By |Jun 30, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Significant changes to New York not-for-profit laws take effect July 1

By |Jun 25, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: High Court rejects presumption of prudence, but imposes new standards for participant stock drop claims

By |Jun 25, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: IRS issues guidance on application of section 457A to stock options and stock appreciation rights

By |Jun 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL revisiting target date fund proposal in light of SEC advisory committee recommendation

By |Jun 23, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: PCORI fee due by July 31

By |Jun 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Final regulations address opt-out for non-federal governmental group health plans

By |Jun 16, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS spurs Form 5500 compliance with audits and penalty relief

By |Jun 16, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Newark Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to take effect on June 21

By |Jun 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Foreign asset-related compliance requirements for retirement plans

By |Jun 12, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Retirement plan disability premiums, but not most medical, can escape income inclusion

By |Jun 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: FAQs offer guidance on out-of-pocket maximums, preventive care, SBCs, and more

By |Jun 10, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL sets November target to propose changes in overtime rules

By |Jun 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL updates model COBRA notices to highlight marketplace options

By |Jun 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC finalizes rule on multiemployer plan administrative burden

By |May 29, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Reminder: NYC employers must provide pregnancy rights notices by May 30

By |May 29, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Paid sick leave moves ahead while paid family leave lags behind

By |May 28, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: 409A under the microscope — IRS announces audits

By |May 27, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court to decide whether retiree health benefits last a lifetime

By |May 22, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Amendment permitted mid-year for safe harbor 401(k) plans to comply with spousal definition under Windsor

By |May 16, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: NLRB gets in the game: will decide whether Northwestern’s football players can unionize

By |May 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: San Francisco Bay area employers required to provide commuter benefits

By |May 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Slim chance for PBGC coverage of shutdown benefits under final rule

By |May 12, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS clarifies rules for correcting improper payments from health FSAs

By |May 6, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC extends workplace protections to interns

By |Apr 30, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: CMS releases 2015 Medicare Part D benefit parameters and provides guidance on budget sequestration reductions

By |Apr 30, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: 2015 HSA/HDHP limits announced

By |Apr 29, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Appeals court partially affirms, partially reverses, in Tussey v. ABB fiduciary breach case

By |Apr 29, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court rules nonqualifying SUB payments are taxable FICA wages

By |Apr 28, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent research in HR and employee benefits 2014 — spring edition

By |Apr 24, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: New York court says “no” to executive pay caps at state-funded service providers

By |Apr 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS addresses health FSA carryover and HSA eligibility issues

By |Apr 24, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Employers finding more reasons to de-risk retirement plans

By |Apr 23, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Public pension plan legislative and judicial roundup

By |Apr 23, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Social Security letter forwarding service discontinued

By |Apr 21, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and welfare benefits 2014 – spring edition

By |Apr 21, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: FATCA compliance updates

By |Apr 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: IRS Issues final regulations on employer shared responsibility requirements

By |Apr 17, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Same-sex marriage developments — new guidance from CMS and HHS

By |Apr 16, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Windsor guidance limits retroactivity for retirement plans

By |Apr 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: President OKs new funding rules for rural co-ops and certain charities

By |Apr 9, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS offers rollover due diligence safe harbor

By |Apr 7, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC proposes additional guarantee for rollover benefits

By |Apr 3, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: Fair Labor Standards Act — Are you sure you’re in compliance?

By |Apr 3, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Departments issue final and new proposed regulations addressing ACA’s 90-day waiting period limitation

By |Apr 2, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: New York City paid sick leave law takes effect April 1

By |Mar 27, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: High Court hears contraceptive coverage cases involving for-profit employers

By |Mar 26, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: HHS issues final rules on transitional reinsurance program

By |Mar 25, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: District of Columbia expands paid sick and safe leave

By |Mar 21, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Impact on participant influences correction of late 401(k) safe harbor notices

By |Mar 19, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Newark enacts paid sick leave law

By |Mar 18, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Proposed amendment adds summary guide to service provider fee disclosures

By |Mar 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Obama directs DOL to change overtime rules

By |Mar 14, 2014|FYI, FYI Alert, US|

FYI: PBGC finalizes remaining new premium rules for 2014

By |Mar 13, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: FAQs address OOP maximums, wellness benefits, expatriate plans and other ACA issues

By |Mar 11, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS finalizes section 83 “Substantial Risk of Forfeiture” regulations for compensation, FICA, and pension funding rules

By |Mar 10, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court will consider the compensability of employee security screenings

By |Mar 7, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS issues final ACA reporting regulations

By |Mar 6, 2014|FYI, FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act for non-US retirement plans

By |Mar 4, 2014|FYI, FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: Health care reform — consequences of noncompliance for group health plans

By |Feb 28, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: Tax reform draft released by Ways and Means may serve as model for future employee benefit tax law changes

By |Feb 27, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: San Francisco’s minimum health care expenditure requirements remain in place after ACA

By |Feb 26, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Deadline for use of ERRP funds approaches

By |Feb 20, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Puerto Rico Treasury announces key benefit plan limits for 2014

By |Feb 18, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Reality check — mortality improvements and volatile investment returns

By |Feb 14, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: New York limits executive compensation and administrative expenses of state-funded service providers

By |Feb 13, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: IRS issues final ACA employer mandate regulations and eases 2015 requirements

By |Feb 11, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: PBGC proposed rule aims to reduce administrative burden on multiemployer plans

By |Feb 4, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: It’s that time again — creditable coverage disclosures to CMS due by March 1

By |Jan 31, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2014 Planning for ERISA multiemployer defined benefit plan operations

By |Jan 30, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: No new pension accounting project for FASB agenda

By |Jan 30, 2014|FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: Tying a Windsor knot

By |Jan 29, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: High Court offers some relief from contraceptive coverage mandate accommodation for religious nonprofit organization

By |Jan 28, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and welfare benefits — a look back at 2013

By |Jan 22, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2014 Planning for governmental retirement plan operations

By |Jan 21, 2014|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Supreme Court ERISA update: Court upholds plan’s contractual limitations period and agrees to hear employer stock case

By |Jan 17, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: Final mental health parity regulations issued

By |Jan 14, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Retirement plans — winter recap

By |Jan 13, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent research in HR and employee benefits — winter edition

By |Jan 9, 2014|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: IRS guidance addresses same sex spouse issues for cafeteria plans and HSAs

By |Jan 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC revises view of Puerto Rican and other territorial plan coverage

By |Jan 8, 2014|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC finalizes large plan premium change for 2014

By |Jan 2, 2014|FYI, US|