Houston Chapter

Healthcare Price Transparency: Understanding Price Differences Between Providers is Key to Lowering Employer Healthcare Costs
October 14, 2015
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New York Chapter

Hot Buttons in Executive Compensation and Dodd-Frank: A roundup of recent developments
October 20, 2015
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St. Louis Chapter

Own Your Identity
October 21, 2015
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WEB Chapters Help Benefits Professionals Face the ACA Challenge

WEB Chapters sponsor both educational and networking events, generally every month. These events offer WEB members and nonmembers the opportunity to stay up to date on the latest trends, issues and solutions for managing benefits. What you learn at these events from the subject matter experts, including government officials, plan sponsors, benefits managers, attorneys and consultants, will help you in your job and career.

Among the challenges facing benefits professionals this year is how the Affordable Care Act will change benefits design, management and participant communications. Monitor the Chapter Events menu for more information on these and other activities sponsored by your local Chapter.

Featured Benefits Resources

WEB members can access benefits resources submitted by legal experts and others. Recent postings include:

New and Updated in Health and Welfare Plans (Q3 2015) This list reflects some of the most important Health and Welfare Plan resources revised during Q3 2015.

ACA's Special Rules for Temporary or Outsourced Workers: Are You Sure You Comply? Time is running out for staffing companies and their "client" companies to double-check their compliance with the special rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for temporary, outsourced, leased or other contingent workers ("staffing arrangements"). It's time to review your arrangements if you have not done so already.

IRS Issues Final ACA Information Reporting Forms; Additional Guidance to Follow. In Notice 2015-68, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addressed numerous issues involving information reporting under Section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code, which was added by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

PBGC Issues Final Regulations on Electronic Filing of Multiemployer Pension Plan Notices. On September 16, 2015, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued final regulations requiring electronic filing of certain multiemployer pension plan notices with the PBGC.

PBGC Issues Final Reportable Events Regulations That Provide Additional Reporting Waivers. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued final regulations on the reportable events requirements for single employer defined benefit (pension) plans.

2015 JCEB Q&As Offer Nonbinding IRS Responses on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Issues. The Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB) recently released Q&As containing nonbinding responses from Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department staff to 24 questions regarding employee benefits and executive compensation issues.

Stolen Laptop Bag Leads to $750,000 HIPAA Settlement The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a settlement with a private physician practice for potential violations of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

August 24, 2015 — 401(k) Enrollment through the use of Technology. The enrollment period can be an overwhelming time for both employers and employees! Enrollment involves a lot of work for companies, and it can be a confusing process for workers. By using technology-based enrollment, you can save time and money while making the process more efficient and user-friendly.

July 9, 2015 — IRS Amendments to Prohibit Lump-Sum Windows for Retirees Already Receiving Annuity Payments. The Internal Revenue Service stated its intention to amend the required minimum distribution regulations to prohibit defined benefit pension plans from replacing any annuity in pay status with a lump-sum payment or other accelerated form of distribution.

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