Yearly Archives: 2015

FYI: California Requires Embedded Cost-Sharing and Deductible Limits for Insured Plans

By |Dec 31, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Puerto Rico Treasury Announces Key Benefit Plan Limits for 2016

By |Dec 31, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines

By |Dec 29, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Increase in Fed Interest Rates Affects Defined Contribution Plans

By |Dec 24, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Chimes in on Applying Same-Sex Marriage Ruling to Benefit Plans

By |Dec 23, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: HHS Proposes 2017 OOP Maximums and Marketplace Guidance

By |Dec 23, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Labor and Employment Developments – 2015 in Review

By |Dec 22, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: NY Increases Workplace Protections for Women

By |Dec 18, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Cadillac Tax Delay Included in Year-End Legislation Impacting Employers and Employee Benefits

By |Dec 17, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: Fed Raises Interest Rates – Effect on Year-End Discount Rates for Pension and OPEB Plans

By |Dec 17, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: DOL Proposes More Stringent Rules for Disability Claims Procedures

By |Dec 15, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Departments Issue FAQs Addressing Preventive Care, Wellness and Mental Health Parity

By |Dec 15, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: New Jersey Issues Final Ban-the-Box Regulations

By |Dec 11, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Safe Harbor is Closing

By |Dec 10, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: Wellness Plans – Diagnosing Compliance Concerns

By |Dec 9, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Employers Face Higher Minimum Wages in 2016

By |Dec 9, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: On Second Thought – No Extra Time for 5500 Forms after 2015; 5500-SUP Compliance Questions Can Wait

By |Dec 8, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: NYC and DC Employers: Get Your Commuter Benefit Programs in Gear by January 1

By |Dec 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Encourages State-Run Retirement Programs

By |Dec 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL on Overtime: Targets July for Final Rule

By |Dec 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC Issues Guidance and Required Notice as Ban-the-Box Law Takes Effect

By |Dec 1, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2016 Planning for Governmental Retirement Plan Operations

By |Nov 25, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2016 Planning for Health and Welfare Benefit Plan Operations

By |Nov 19, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: CMS Releases Medicare Part A and B Values for 2016

By |Nov 18, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Relief for Amending Hybrid Plan Interest Crediting Rates

By |Nov 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: High Court to Hear Nonprofit Employers’ Objections to ACA Contraceptive Coverage Mandate, Again

By |Nov 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Updated DOL Guidance Bolsters Support for Socially Responsible Investing

By |Nov 12, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2016 Planning for ERISA Single-Employer Defined Contribution Plan Operations

By |Nov 10, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: 2016 Planning for ERISA Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plan Operations

By |Nov 10, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2015 — Fall Edition

By |Nov 9, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI Alert: Budget Act Raises PBGC Premiums; Revises Mortality Table and Interest Rules; Fixes Part B Premiums

By |Nov 2, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: EEOC Addresses Spousal Participation in Wellness Programs

By |Oct 30, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: PBGC 2016 Premium Rates to Increase

By |Oct 26, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Health and Welfare Developments — Fall 2015 Edition

By |Oct 22, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: IRS Announces More 2016 Benefit Plan Limits

By |Oct 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Announces Key Retirement Plan Limits for 2016

By |Oct 21, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: No Increase in Social Security Benefits or Taxable Wage Base for 2016

By |Oct 15, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Announces PCORI Fee

By |Oct 14, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: California and Oregon Pharmacists May Furnish Contraceptives without a Prescription

By |Oct 13, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: SOA Updates Mortality Improvement Scale to Reflect Recent Years’ Lower Mortality

By |Oct 8, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Intern or Employee? Another Federal Appeals Court Rejects DOL Test

By |Oct 6, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC Provides Guidance on Employer Credit Checks

By |Sep 28, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC Requires Electronic Filing for Certain Multiemployer Notices

By |Sep 28, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: NLRB Adopts Expansive Joint Employer Standard

By |Sep 25, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: CMS Announces 2015 Transitional Reinsurance Fee Submission Process

By |Sep 25, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC Updated Reportable Event Regulations Released

By |Sep 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: 2015 Deadline for Medicare Part D Creditable/Non-Creditable Coverage Notices Nears

By |Sep 15, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Finalizes Retirement Plan Funding Regulations

By |Sep 10, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Multiemployer Plan Benefit Suspension Voting Procedures Released

By |Sep 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: FSA Contribution Limit Unlikely to Change for 2016

By |Aug 31, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS: Identity Theft Protection Services Tax-Free for Data Breach Victims

By |Aug 31, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: NLRB Blocks Drive to Unionize Northwestern Football

By |Aug 28, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Recent Market Volatility — Impacts on Retirement Plans

By |Aug 26, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI In-Depth: Retiree HRAs and the ACA – Doing It Right

By |Aug 24, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Public Pension Litigation Update: Summer 2015

By |Aug 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: SEC Expands Executive Pay Disclosures

By |Aug 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Deadlines for Form 5500 and Employer Tax Returns Revised; Excess Pension Asset Transfers Extended

By |Aug 20, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Trade Bill Increases Penalties for IRS Reporting Failures Including ACA, Extends HCTC

By |Aug 20, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Unpaid Intern or Employee?

By |Aug 19, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: EEOC: Title VII Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

By |Aug 14, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Departments Issue Final Regulations on Preventive Services

By |Aug 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Feel Better? California Amends Paid Sick Leave Law

By |Aug 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Issues Additional Cadillac Tax Guidance

By |Aug 3, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: No Change for 2014 SOA Mortality Report in 2016 IRS Mortality Tables

By |Jul 31, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Retirement Plans – 2015 Summer Recap

By |Jul 29, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: PBGC Proposes Changes to Annual Financial Reporting

By |Jul 27, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: San Francisco Amends Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances

By |Jul 24, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2015 — Summer Edition

By |Jul 24, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: Spotlight on Governmental Plan Pension Obligation Bonds

By |Jul 22, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Announces Major Contraction of Individually Designed Plan Letter Program

By |Jul 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Health and Welfare Developments 2015 – Summer Edition

By |Jul 20, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI Roundup: Labor and Employment Developments 2015 – A Mid-Year Recap

By |Jul 17, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: Colorado High Court: Workplace Drug Policies Apply to Medical Marijuana Users

By |Jul 17, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: DOL Says Most Workers Are Employees

By |Jul 16, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: DOL Seeks to Clarify Fiduciary’s Annuity Monitoring Obligation

By |Jul 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: EEOC Revises Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

By |Jul 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Chicago Hikes Minimum Wage

By |Jul 10, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Puts Brakes on Pre-Plan Termination Retiree Cashout Windows

By |Jul 10, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Election of Federal External Review Process by Self-Insured, Non-Federal Governmental Plans

By |Jul 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Departments Finalize SBC Rules; Updated Template Expected by 2016

By |Jul 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Pre-Approved Plan Program Opens to Hybrid Plans, ESOPs

By |Jul 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: California and Massachusetts Employers Feverishly Prepare for Paid Sick Leave

By |Jul 1, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI Alert: DOL Proposes Significant Expansion of Overtime Eligibility

By |Jun 30, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Streamlined IRS Operations to Limit Determination Letters

By |Jun 30, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: PBGC Prescribes Plan for Multiemployer Plan Partitions to Promote Preservation

By |Jun 29, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Multiemployer Plan Benefit Suspension Guidance Is Here

By |Jun 29, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: High Court Says “I Do” to Same-Sex Marriage

By |Jun 26, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: IRS Releases Draft Forms for 2015 ACA Reporting

By |Jun 26, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: High Court Upholds ACA Subsidies in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces

By |Jun 25, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Supreme Court Clarifies Employers’ Religious Accommodation Obligations

By |Jun 22, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: NYC to “Ban the Box” for Private Employers

By |Jun 18, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Releases Additional Guidance on ACA Reporting, Including Electronic Filing

By |Jun 17, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Unhappy With Plan Audit Quality

By |Jun 11, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: SEC Proposes Pay Versus Performance Disclosures

By |Jun 9, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: July 31 PCORI Fee Deadline Approaching

By |Jun 8, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Updates FMLA Notices and Certification Forms

By |Jun 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Self-Funded and Large Group Plans May Need “Embedded” Cost-Sharing Limits in 2016

By |Jun 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Amnesty Program for Late Annual Reporting by Non-ERISA Plans Made Permanent

By |Jun 3, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Medicare Parts B and D Premiums to Increase for Some High-Income Enrollees

By |May 29, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: New FAQs on ACA Preventive Care Services

By |May 28, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: High Court Affirms Duty to Monitor Plan Investments; Says Little on Scope of that Duty

By |May 22, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect

By |May 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Ascension Health Settles ERISA Church Plan Exemption Lawsuit

By |May 15, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: NYC to Ban Credit Checks by Employers

By |May 12, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court OKs Judicial Review of EEOC’s Conciliation Efforts

By |May 11, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Announces 2016 HSA/HDHP Limits

By |May 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Telecommuting: A Reasonable Accommodation?

By |May 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Church Plan Litigation Update

By |May 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: CMS Releases 2016 Medicare Part D Benefit Parameters

By |Apr 30, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Final Regulations on Wraparound Coverage as an Excepted Benefit

By |Apr 29, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2015 — Spring Edition

By |Apr 29, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI In-Depth: Recent Health and Welfare Developments 2015 – Spring Edition

By |Apr 27, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: Love and Marriage: The Evolving Landscape

By |Apr 27, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Transitional Reinsurance Program – Refund Requests Must be Submitted by April 30

By |Apr 22, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: April 30, 2015: New Deadline for Puerto Rico Reduced Taxation on Retirement Funds

By |Apr 21, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: DOL Re-Proposes Controversial Fiduciary Rule

By |Apr 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Long-Awaited EEOC Wellness Regulations Released

By |Apr 17, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: Revised SBC Templates to be Delayed to 2017

By |Apr 14, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Federal Judge Again Blocks FMLA’s Expanded Definition of Spouse

By |Apr 13, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: PBGC Considering Electronic Filing for Certain Multiemployer Notices

By |Apr 10, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Early Correction of Elective Deferrals Less Costly Under New EPCRS Options

By |Apr 8, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Additional Guidance on Premium Reimbursement Arrangements

By |Apr 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Federal Judge Blocks FMLA’s Expanded Definition of Spouse

By |Apr 7, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: President Vetoes Congressional Resolution Blocking NLRB Election Rule

By |Apr 6, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Weeding Out Connecticut Convictions for Marijuana Possession

By |Apr 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: IRS Modifies Retirement Plan Correction Procedure

By |Apr 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL to Propose Overtime Regulations This Spring

By |Mar 31, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DC’s Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act In Effect: Pay Notices Required

By |Mar 30, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Supreme Court Gives New Life to Pregnancy Discrimination Claim

By |Mar 26, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: HHS Finalizes 2016 OOP Maximums and Transitional Reinsurance Contribution Rates

By |Mar 25, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: EEOC Says Proposed Wellness Program Regulations Imminent

By |Mar 23, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Extends Temporary Nondiscrimination Testing Relief for Closed Defined Benefit Plans

By |Mar 20, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: DOL Provides Flexibility in Fee Disclosure Timing

By |Mar 19, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Supreme Court Says Federal Agencies Can Change Regulatory Interpretations Without Formal Rulemaking

By |Mar 18, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: ERISA Advisory Council Issues Outsourcing Report

By |Mar 16, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: New Jersey Ban-the-Box Law Takes Effect

By |Mar 12, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Significant Changes to New York’s Labor Laws Take Effect

By |Mar 6, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: High Court Hears Argument in ACA Subsidies Case

By |Mar 5, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: COBRA Compliance Failures Cost Employers Millions

By |Mar 4, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Departments Propose Updates to Summary of Benefits and Coverage

By |Mar 2, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: DOL Extends FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Spouses

By |Feb 27, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Philadelphia Adopts Paid Sick Leave Law

By |Feb 25, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and Welfare Benefits – Year in Review

By |Feb 25, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Issues Initial Cadillac Tax Guidance

By |Feb 24, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: DOL’s Re-Proposed Fiduciary Rule Moves Forward

By |Feb 24, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: District of Columbia’s Amended Wage Theft Prevention Act to Take Effect February 26

By |Feb 20, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: FICA Case May Have Broad Implications for Deferred Compensation Plans

By |Feb 11, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for ACA Reporting

By |Feb 10, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Recent Research in HR and Employee Benefits 2015 — Winter Edition

By |Feb 9, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: Illinois Rescinds Minimum Wage Hike for State Contractors

By |Feb 9, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: It’s That Time Yet Again — Creditable Coverage Disclosures to CMS Due by March 1

By |Feb 6, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Health and Welfare Benefits – Winter Edition

By |Feb 5, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: Public Pension Plan Update

By |Feb 3, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Final Regulations for Annual Funding Notice

By |Feb 3, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Roundup: Retirement Plans - Winter Recap

By |Jan 30, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: Massachusetts Extends Parental Leave Rights to Men

By |Jan 29, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Court Strikes Down Inference Favoring Lifetime Retiree Health Benefits

By |Jan 27, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: New Proposed Regulations Address Wraparound Coverage

By |Jan 26, 2015|FYI, US|

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

By |Jan 23, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI: Possible “Window” for Delivery of Participant Fee Disclosures

By |Jan 22, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: San Francisco’s 2015 Minimum Healthcare Expenditure Requirements

By |Jan 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Illinois and Chicago “Ban-the-Box” Laws Now In Effect

By |Jan 21, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Majority of State Minimum Wages Higher Than Federal Rate for 2015

By |Jan 20, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: Puerto Rico Extends Window for Reduced Taxation on Retirement Funds until January 31, 2015

By |Jan 20, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

By |Jan 19, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Alert: DOL: Annual Funding Notice Redo Not Needed for HATFA

By |Jan 16, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI: New Pension Paradigm for Substantial Cessation of Operations

By |Jan 14, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI: Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014

By |Jan 12, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI Alert: IRS Releases Guidance on Retroactive Increase to 2014 Transit Benefits

By |Jan 9, 2015|FYI Alert, US|

FYI Roundup: Labor and Employment Developments – 2014 in Review

By |Jan 7, 2015|FYI Roundup, US|

FYI: New York’s Annual Wage Notice Requirement Eliminated

By |Jan 6, 2015|FYI, US|

FYI In-Depth: ERISA@40: Gen Z & the Workplace of 2054 – No Longer Science Fiction

By |Jan 5, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|

FYI In-Depth: Health FSAs/HRAs/HSAs – Similarities and Differences

By |Jan 5, 2015|FYI In-depth, US|