Pension and Benefits NetNews – August 27, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Mercer provides employers with open enrollment communication checklist
  • Lawmakers await IRS regulations for tax treatment of same-sex couples
  • SIFL rates issued for the second half of 2013
  • ACA is expected to impact employers’ healthcare strategies

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS issues 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan containing many employee benefit items
  • ERISA Advisory Council to meet via teleconference on Sept. 23, 2012
  • DOL obtains preliminary injunction against Kentucky-based fiduciaries, alleging improper use of plan funds

Employee Benefits Management News

Mercer provides employers with open enrollment communication checklist

With key pieces of health care reform going into effect in 2014, employers have even more to consider this year as they prepare for their annual health benefits open enrollment. For details, see ¶2069V.

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Lawmakers await IRS regulations for tax treatment of same-sex couples

Congressional lawmakers are anxiously awaiting clear guidance from the IRS following the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in
Windsor, which made it mandatory for the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages sanctioned by the states. For details, see ¶2069W.

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SIFL rates issued for the second half of 2013

The Department of Transportation has released the applicable terminal charge and standard industry fare level (SIFL) mileage rates for July 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. For more information, see ¶2069X.

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ACA is expected to impact employers’ healthcare strategies

The breadth of health care reform is prompting changes and ushering in emerging opportunities for employers, according to the
2013 Health Care Changes Ahead Survey of 420 midsize and large companies by global professional services company Towers Watson. For more information, see ¶2069Y.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS issues 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan containing many employee benefit items

The IRS has issued the 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan, which includes numerous employee benefit items. For more information, see ¶17,203Y28.

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ERISA Advisory Council to meet via teleconference on Sept. 23, 2012

The 168th open meeting of the ERISA Advisory Council will be held via teleconference on September 23, 2013. For more information, see ¶122U.

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DOL obtains preliminary injunction against Kentucky-based fiduciaries, alleging improper use of plan funds

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky has granted in part the Labor Department’s motion for a preliminary injunction against former fiduciaries of four Lexington-based pension plans. For more information, see ¶123Y.

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