Pension & Benefits NetNews – October 7, 2014

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Departments finalize excepted benefits rules for dental and vision benefits, EAPs
  • Half of employers expect to trigger Cadillac tax in 2018
  • IRS issues final regs on employer-provided lodging
  • How outstanding employee benefits are benefitting other employers’ bottom lines

Pension Plan Guide News

  • EBSA announces proposed regs on electronic filing of top-hat plan statements
  • IRS guidance eases rules governing rollovers of after-tax retirement funds
  • Alice Maroni becomes acting director of PBGC

Employee Benefits Management News

Departments finalize excepted benefits rules for dental and vision benefits, EAPs

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) have jointly issued final regulations that address the treatment of dental and vision benefits and employee assistance programs (EAP) as limited excepted benefits, which are generally exempt from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) market reform requirements. For more information, see ¶2080T.

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Half of employers expect to trigger Cadillac tax in 2018

Despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health care costs, roughly half of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the excise tax in 2018 and the percentage is expected to rise significantly in subsequent years, according to an analysis of large employer health care programs conducted by Towers Watson. For details, see ¶2080U.

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IRS issues final regs on employer-provided lodging

The IRS has issued final regulations on employer-provided lodging with only some minor changes from the proposed regulations. For more information, see ¶2080V.

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How outstanding employee benefits are benefitting other employers’ bottom lines

Ten businesses recently recognized as 2014’s 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security are able to better attract and retain top talent by investing serious time and money into their employees’ financial futures, according to Principal Financial Group®, which sponsored the program. For more information, see ¶2080W.

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Pension Plan Guide News

EBSA announces proposed regs on electronic filing of top-hat plan statements

EBSA has announced a proposed regulation that would require electronic filing of top-hat plan statements, and apprenticeship and training plan notices. For more information, see ¶130Y.

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IRS guidance eases rules governing rollovers of after-tax retirement funds

The IRS has issued guidance clarifying the tax treatment of pre-tax and after-tax amounts contained in simultaneous distributions rolled over from qualified plans to multiple sources. For more information, see ¶17,154S.

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Alice Maroni becomes acting director of PBGC

The PBGC has named Alice Maroni as the Acting Director of the agency. For more information, see ¶130U.

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