Pension and Benefits NetNews – August 19, 2014

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Government seeks rehearing in Halbig to avoid ‘perverse consequences’
  • Employers offering telemedicine expected to increase in 2015
  • Failure to meet expectations as assistant manager dooms FMLA
  • IRS issues “covered entity” guidance on health insurance providers fee for 2014

Pension Plan Guide News

  • Obama signs Highway Act with pension smoothing
  • Fiduciary ordered to restore losses to 401(k) plan
  • DOL sues to recover more than $15,000 for participants in SIMPLE IRA plan

Employee Benefits Management News

Government seeks rehearing in Halbig to avoid ‘perverse consequences’

As expected, the Obama Administration has filed a motion for rehearing before the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging an unfavorable decision issued by a three-member panel (the Panel) on July 22, 2014 that could severely hamper the mission of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to provide “near-universal coverage.” For details, see ¶2079L.

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Employers offering telemedicine expected to increase in

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, according to analysis by Towers Watson. An illustration of the program’s possibilities, achieving this level of savings, would require all employees and their dependents to use the technology-enabled interactions available today in place of face-to-face visits to the doctor, urgent care center or emergency room (for appropriate medical problems). For more information, see ¶2079M.

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Failure to meet expectations as assistant manager dooms FMLA claim

Affirming the dismissal of a Wal-Mart employee’s claims that the retail giant retaliated against her for exercising her FMLA rights, a Seventh Circuit panel explained that her performance problems predated her medical leave and any conclusion that her termination was causally related to her FMLA leave five months earlier involved unbridled speculation. For more information, see ¶2079N.

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IRS issues “covered entity” guidance on health insurance providers fee for

For the 2014 fee year only, the IRS will not treat any entity as a “covered entity” for purposes of the fee on health insurance providers if it is excluded, during either of two periods, from the definition of a covered entity. For more information, see ¶2079O.

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Pension Plan Guide News

Obama signs Highway Act with pension smoothing

President Obama signed the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HR 5021) on August 8. The short-term highway funding law includes so-called pension smoothing as a revenue-raiser. For more information, see ¶129Z.

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Fiduciary ordered to restore losses to 401(k) plan

Judges orders fiduciary to restore losses to the employee benefit plan of The Anesthesia & Pain Center of Akron, Ohio. For more information, see ¶129W.

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DOL sues to recover more than $15,000 for participants in SIMPLE IRA plan

The Labor Department has filed suit to recover more than $15,000 for participants in SLP Machine Simple IRA Plan in Ham Lake, Minn. For more information, see ¶129Y.

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