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Cybersecurity Threats: What Retirement Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries Need to Know – and Do

What is the Risk? The loss of employee personal information due to a cyber breach is an ever-increasing concern to all employers. After years of work to put into place protocols to comply with HIPAA’s requirements on...more

New IRS Guidance on Collection of TINs for ACA Information Reporting

Recently proposed IRS regulations aim to clarify lingering questions about steps employers with self-insured health plans must take to collect and report the taxpayer identification number (TIN) of covered individuals in...more

EEOC Issues Final ADA Regulations on Wellness Plans

The EEOC’s issuance on May 16, 2016, of final regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on employee wellness programs represents the close of another chapter in the history of confusion regarding rules...more

Checklist for Group Health Plan Participant Disclosure Requirements

There has been an explosion of participant disclosure requirements for group health plans in recent years. While health care reform created some of these new requirements, many of them became effective years earlier. For busy...more

Yes Virginia, There is a Duty to Monitor Retirement Plan Investments

In a recent unanimous ruling the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed what most retirement plan professionals already knew: ERISA requires plan investment fiduciaries to monitor investments and remove imprudent ones. Surprisingly to...more

DOL Opens Window for Annual Participant Fee Disclosures

After several annual cycles of participant fee disclosures, sponsors of participant-directed retirement plans have discovered that sometimes pulling together the relevant information from vendors and issuing timely disclosure...more

Accepting Rollover Contributions Now Easier - and Less Risky - For Retirement Plans

The administrative burden of determining the validity of rollover contributions to qualified retirement plans, and the associated risk of jeopardizing the plan’s tax-qualified status, traditionally has been a significant...more

Do Your Plans Include a Time Limit on a Participant’s Right to Sue?

Some, but far from all, employee benefit plans set a limit on the amount of time a participant has to file a lawsuit claiming benefits under the plan. Until recently, however, not all courts would recognize these plan...more

New Employer Mandate Relief

Final regulations issued on February 12, 2014 contain significant new relief from the employer mandate’s shared responsibility penalty under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for 2015. Previous guidance delayed...more

New Wellness Program Rules for 2014

Employers continue to look for ways to manage the cost of employee health care coverage as they navigate the turbulent waters of healthcare reform, and wellness programs continue to be a popular strategy. However, adoption...more

Employer Responsibility – Will You Pay or Play? Part II - The Variable Hour or Seasonal Employee Problem

Although the employer mandate has been delayed to 2015, employers shouldn’t relax too much because significant planning still needs to be done now. Beginning in 2015 large employers either must offer full-time employees...more

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate Delayed; DOMA Struck Down - What Now For Employers?

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate and Reporting Provisions Delayed until 2015 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury unexpectedly announced on July 2, 2013 the delay of the employer shared responsibility ‘pay or play’...more

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