Penson & Benefits NetNews – July 8, 2014

 

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Employee Benefits Management News

  • Financial incentives drive employee engagement in wellness programs
  • Small employer health insurance credit final regulations retain uniform percentage rules
  • Employee received all leave to which he was entitled, FMLA claims properly dismissed, CA-3 rules
  • Health care under ACA is not better, say small business owners

Pension Plan Guide News

  • IRS issues final regs on purchase of longevity annuity contracts by plans
  • IRS releases 2013 requirements for paper substitutes of information returns
  • DOL seeks comments on suspension of pension benefits

Employee Benefits Management News

Financial incentives drive employee engagement in wellness programs

Strong communication strategies, employee rewards, and a combination of up front incentives are commonly offered by companies with the highest level of employee engagement in workplace wellness programs. These are among the findings of an in-depth statistical analysis conducted by The Vitality Group on its client base to quantify the impact of different factors on engagement. For details, see ¶2078H.

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Small employer health insurance credit final regulations retain uniform percentage rules

The IRS has issued final regulations dealing with the Code Sec. 45R tax credit for certain small employers that provide health coverage to their employees. These final regulations adopt, with certain modifications, proposed regulations that were issued on August 26, 2013. For more information, see ¶2078J.

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Employee received all leave to which he was entitled, FMLA claims properly dismissed, CA-3 rules

Because an employee received all the leave to which he was due under the FMLA and suffered no adverse employment consequences for doing so, the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an employer on his FMLA interference and retaliation claims. For more information, see ¶2078K.

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Health care under ACA is not better, say small business owners

Fifty-one percent of independent business owners recently surveyed reported that their companies’ health care is neither better nor more affordable under health care reform. Not only that, but, now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148; ACA) has been implemented, 34% of those surveyed say they are unsatisfied with their current health care, and 21% are unsure. For more information, see ¶2078L.

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Pension Plan Guide News

IRS issues final regs on purchase of longevity annuity contracts by plans

The IRS has issued final regulations relating to the purchase of longevity annuity contracts under defined contribution plans, 403(b) plans, IRAs, and eligible governmental Code Sec. 457 plans. For more information, see ¶129C.

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IRS releases 2013 requirements for paper substitutes of information returns

The IRS has released procedures setting forth the 2013 requirements for reproducing paper substitutes and for furnishing substitute recipient statements for Form 1096, 1099, 5498, and certain other information returns. For more information, see ¶17,299U-49.

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DOL seeks comments on suspension of pension benefits

The Labor Department is submitting the EBSA-sponsored information collection request concerning suspension of pension benefits to the OMB for approval and continued use, without change. For more information, see ¶128X.

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