Pension & Benefits NetNews – March 3, 2013

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • HHS issues final rule on insurance reforms, rate review program
  • DOL publishes interim final rules on ACA’s employee whistleblower protections
  • FMLA use can be used to predict future disability claims, according to report
  • EBSA issues ACA regs on MEWAs

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS reminds taxpayers to report 2010 Roth conversions on 2012 returns
  • PBGC issues disaster relief for victims of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Mississippi
  • IRS issues March 2013 AFRs

Employee Benefits Management News

HHS issues final rule on insurance reforms, rate review program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that implements provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) designed to protect consumers from insurance company abuses. For details, see ¶2065D.

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DOL publishes interim final rules on ACA’s employee whistleblower protections

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published an interim final rule that governs whistleblower complaints filed under Sec. 1558 of the Affordable Care Act. For details, see ¶2065E.

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FMLA use can be used to predict future disability claims, according to report

Following the 20th anniversary of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) released a study that spotlights how employers can use FMLA as an “early warning system” to predict and prevent disability absence. For more information, see ¶2065F.

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EBSA issues ACA regs on MEWAs

The EBSA has published final rules, in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on reporting requirements for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) and entities claiming exception (ECEs), along with details on its enforcement authority to crack down on fraudulent health plans. For more information, see ¶2065H.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS reminds taxpayers to report 2010 Roth conversions on 2012 returns

Taxpayers who converted amounts to a Roth IRA or designated Roth account in 2010 are reminded that they must report half of the resulting taxable income on their 2012 returns. For more information, see ¶119G.

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PBGC issues disaster relief for victims of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Mississippi

The PBGC has issued disaster relief from certain plan-related deadlines and penalties for victims of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that took place on February 10, 2013 in Mississippi. For more information, see ¶19996C31.

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IRS issues March 2013 AFRs

The IRS has issued the March 2013 applicable federal interest rates. For more information, see ¶119F.

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