Category Archives: Cafeteria plans

IRS Offers Temporary Safe Harbor for Some Premium Reimbursement Arrangements

Small employers and certain other plan sponsors can continue to reimburse individual premiums until July 1, without the threat of extreme penalties for offering coverage that does not comply with Affordable Care Act insurance mandates, under new guidance from the…

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Few Will Benefit from Retroactive Increase in Transit Exclusion

Only a limited number of employees may benefit from federal legislation that retroactively extended parity between qualified parking and transit benefits, based on new IRS guidance. Notice 2015-2 instructs employers on applying a retroactive tax exclusion to commuters who used…

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Definition of ‘Excepted Benefits’ Would Expand under ACA Proposal

Two specific types of limited wraparound coverage could qualify as “limited excepted benefits,” under health care reform rules proposed Dec. 19 by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury. “Excepted” status would be available on a temporary…

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SEC to Examine if Advisers Are Misleading Clients About IRA Rollovers

Registered investment advisers and broker-dealers that may be misrepresenting their credentials or the benefits and features of individual retirement accounts will be targeted by the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, based on the…

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Learn How New IRS Guidance on Windsor Affects Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, HSAs

On Dec. 16, the IRS issued clarifications on how the U.S. v. Windsor ruling on same-gender marriage affects the administration of cafeteria plans, flexible spending accounts and health savings accounts. IRS Notice 2014-1 is in the form of 10 questions…

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High-deductible and Health-FSA Participation Grows

Participation in high-deductible health plans and health flexible spending accounts grew at a strong pace, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The findings in “Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January–March 2013”…

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Retirement Plans Advised Not to Push Loan Access

Defined contribution plan participants who take out plan loans are more likely saving at a lower contribution rate than most, and are not likely to repay the loan when they leave their employer. This according to a new report based…

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Small Retirement Plans Lead Adoption of In-plan Lifetime Income Guarantees

If your plan has been considering adding “in-plan guarantees” to the menu of retirement savings options you offer, new research finds an appetite for them among U.S. defined contribution plan participants. Although the actual market for these instruments in the…

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RFPs More Popular for Selecting Plan Advisers; Eastern Plans Slower to Adopt

Requests for proposals are overtaking more informal referrals and industry networking as the most common way for retirement plan sponsors to select their advisers. But this increasing popularity is not universal — some plans on the East Coast still have…

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EEOC Urged to Align Wellness Standards With HIPAA/ACA Rules

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s failure thus far to issue clear guidance on permissible wellness incentives threatens to undermine employers’ development of wellness programs at a time when their importance is growing, business groups warned the EEOC at a…

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