Pension & Benefits NetNews – October 28, 2014

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • SHRM survey shows HR making strong case for flexible work arrangements
  • Quarter of employers still have not determined impact of excise tax on health plans
  • CMS announces availability of ACA reinsurance enrollment and contributions form
  • EHBs vary widely from state to state

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS has released the retirement plan cost-of-living adjustments for 2015
  • 2015 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will be 1.7%
  • PBGC issues guidance on effect of HATFA on annual financial and actuarial reporting

Employee Benefits Management News

SHRM survey shows HR making strong case for flexible work arrangements

Most flexible work arrangements are successful, and human resource professionals predict that telecommuting and other employer-offered flex options will increase substantially during the next five years, according to new survey findings from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). For more information, see ¶2081I.

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Quarter of employers still have not determined impact of excise tax on health plans

A quarter of employers said that they still have not determined the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) excise tax on high cost health plans, according to recent research from Aon Hewitt. For details, see ¶2081J.

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CMS announces availability of ACA reinsurance enrollment and contributions form

The “ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program Annual Enrollment and Contributions Submission Form” (the Form) is now available via www.pay.gov in time for the 2014 benefit year’s annual enrollment count submission deadline of November 15, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. For more information, see ¶2081K.

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EHBs vary widely from state to state

Essential health benefits (EHBs), those 10 categories of health services that must be covered by new plans sold on the individual market or to small groups, vary considerably from state to state. For more information, see ¶2081L.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS has released the retirement plan cost-of-living adjustments for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. Many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged because the increase in the index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. For more information, see ¶17,037Y.

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2015 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment will be 1.7%

The Social Security Administration has announced a 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits received by beneficiaries starting in January 2015. For more information, see ¶24,016K.

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PBGC issues guidance on effect of HATFA on annual financial and actuarial reporting

Technical Update 14-2 provides PBGC guidance on the effect of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HATFA) on annual financial and actuarial information reporting under section 4010 of ERISA and part 4010 of PBGC’s regulations. For more information, see ¶19975z35.

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