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  • IRS clarifies hybrid plan rules

    September 22, 2014

    The IRS has released long-awaited final regulations that clarify market rate of return issues for cash balance and other hybrid plans. The new rules, effective for the first plan year that begins on or after Jan. 1 2016, sponsors of hybrid plans a clearer path forward.


  • Time to review benefit denial letters

    September 16, 2014

    The Sixth Circuit’s ruling in Moyer makes clear that administrators of ERISA-governed plans with contractual time limits on when a participant must initiate judicial review of a denial of benefits should err on the side of caution.


  • Avoiding the regulatory alphabet soup of ERISA, COBRA and the ACA

    September 15, 2014

    Commentary: Consider that employers nationwide spend billions of dollars to give their employees access to medical care and other important insurance coverage. While most businesses offer health and welfare benefits to remain competitive for talent, they end up creating a valuable by-product in the process.


  • 3 steps to take when reviewing fee disclosures

    September 9, 2014

    Commentary: Open enrollment time means employer clients will be reviewing fee disclosures. Columnist John Ludwig discusses several steps plan sponsors should take when reviewing the disclosures for accuracy and to determine if fees are fair and reasonable.


  • CEOs concerned about ACA incentive rules

    September 5, 2014

    Ever since final rules under the Affordable Care Act dictated that outcomes-based wellness programs must offer reasonable alternatives to employees unable to achieve the program’s health benchmarks, employers have continued to worry over the effectiveness of their health improvement efforts.


  • Retirement has changed but ERISA still holds up

    September 3, 2014

    Despite the ever-changing world, ERISA remains strong and steady. The average American worker is far better off because of ERISA, which has held up remarkably well over the past four decades.


  • Employer sued over wellness program

    August 28, 2014

    The case, EEOC v. Orion Energy Systems, serves as a reminder for advisers and their employer clients, when putting together a wellness plan, to pay careful attention to how the EEOC defines liability.


  • White House proposes new contraception rules post-Hobby Lobby

    August 22, 2014

    The White House Friday proposed two rules in response to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision earlier this summer that will allow women to receive contraception coverage if an employer refuses to offer it for religious reasons.


  • Fourth Circuit decision spells more uncertainty for retirement plan fiduciaries

    August 14, 2014

    Coming on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dudenhoeffer decision, which eliminated a pro-fiduciary presumption with respect to company stock holdings in qualified retirement plans, the Fourth Circuit issued a decision last week that could cause even more unrest for plan fiduciaries.


  • Play or Pay in 2015 — so many requirements, so little time

    August 6, 2014

    Commentary; 2015 is getting close and the Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate (“Play or Pay”) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost here. So what does this mean for your organization?


  • California weighs vision care marketplace

    August 5, 2014

    California lawmakers are currently weighing a legislative proposal that would bring vision care options to qualified individuals and employers through an exchange.


  • Get started now on 401(k) plan changes for 2015

    August 5, 2014

    From fees and features to funds and fiduciaries, there's lots to consider when reviewing your 401(k) plan.


  • IT, data challenges continue for Oregon, Connecticut

    July 31, 2014

    Technical glitches and data-management challenges have dominated HIX headlines at both the state and federal level, with the latest news showing how even the most widely regarded and most vilified state-run operations now share this common thread.


  • ACOs make inroads with employers

    July 30, 2014

    Accountable care organizations promise better alignment of health care provider incentives and patient outcomes. Can ACOs revolutionize employer-sponsored health care?


  • 5 ideas for a positive open enrollment season

    July 23, 2014

    Benefit advisers and employers should follow these suggestions from Mercer on ways to make open enrollment 2015 successful for companies and employers alike.



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