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Employee Benefits Management News
- Trade group that fought for reporting delay is pleased with transition relief
- Affordable Care Act information return (AIR) processing begins January 21
- IRS provides guidance and procedures for retroactive parity for transit and parking benefits
- Okay to require wellness program compliance for employer health insurance, says Wisconsin district court
Pension Plan Guide News
- PBGC issues final regs providing application process, notice requirements for partitions of multiemployer defined benefit plans
- IRS issues 2016 schedule of employee plan user fees
- DOL appoints new members for 2016 ERISA Advisory Council
Trade group that fought for reporting delay is pleased with transition relief
The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the U.S. Treasury Department is providing employers and employees with a 60-day delay for the 2015 information reporting requirements. For more information, see ¶2093D.
Affordable Care Act information return (AIR) processing begins January 21
The IRS will begin processing electronic Forms 1094 B/C, which provide information about the issuer of the ACA information returns, and Forms 1095 B/C, which provide information about covered individuals, beginning on January 21, 2016. For details, see ¶2093E.
IRS provides guidance and procedures for retroactive parity for transit and parking benefits
The IRS has provided guidance in response to Congressional extension of retroactive parity for the exclusion of qualified parking costs on the one hand, and the exclusion for commuter highway vehicles and transit passes (transit benefits) on the other. For more information, see ¶2093F.
Okay to require wellness program compliance for employer health insurance, says Wisconsin district court
In a matter of first impression in the Seventh Circuit, a federal district court in Wisconsin found that an employer’s requirement that employees who wanted to participate in its health insurance plan first complete a wellness program (including a health risk assessment and biometric test) did not violate the ADA’s prohibition against medical exams because the requirement was a term of the plan, was used to enable the employer to underwrite, classify, and administer its health insurance risks, and was not used as a subterfuge to evade the purposes of the ADA. For more information, see ¶2093G.
PBGC issues final regs providing application process, notice requirements for partitions of multiemployer defined benefit plans
The PBGC has finalized previously issued interim final regulations that provide the application process and notice requirements for partitions of eligible multiemployer defined benefit (DB) plans under ERISA Title IV, as amended by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA), Division O of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-235). The PBGC has made minor changes to the interim final regulations based on public comments received. For more information, see ¶140L.
IRS issues 2016 schedule of employee plan user fees –
The IRS has updated its user fee schedule, generally effective February 1, 2016, for requests for various types of employee plan letter rulings, determination letters, and other matters under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division. The guidance is a general update of the IRS user fee program. For more information, see ¶17,299V-8.
DOL appoints new members for 2016 ERISA Advisory Council
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has appointed five new members to the 2016 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council. He also announced the incoming chair and vice chair of the council. The 15-member council provides advice on policies and regulations affecting employee benefit plans governed by ERISA. By law, council members serve for staggered three-year terms. Three members are representatives of employee organizations (at least one of whom represents an organization whose members are participants in a multiemployer plan). Three members are representatives of employers (at least one of whom represents employers maintaining or contributing to multiemployer plans). Three members are representatives of the general public. There is one representative each from the fields of insurance, corporate trust, actuarial counseling, investment counseling, investment management and accounting. For more information, see ¶140H.
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