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[Opinion] Comments to FASB on Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost (Topic 715) and Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for DB Plans (Subtopic 715-20)
Text of HHS Press Release: Administration Increases Transparency for Consumers Shopping for Health Insurance Coverage
[Guidance Overview] Text of HHS Fact Sheet: Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary Final Rule (PDF)
[Official Guidance] Text of Final Regulations: Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary
Amping Up DC Participant Outcomes Through Financial Wellness Initiatives (PDF)
2015 ACA Reminder: Eligibility Rules Need to Be in Writing with Employer Mandate Now in Play
Text of Federal District Court Opinion: Plaintiff Not Entitled to Benefit Described on Distribution Election Form, Where Contrary to Plan Document
Lights Out for a 401(k) Fund? Check the Blackout Rules
Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Your Defined Contribution Plan Participants?
One in Three Americans Say Guaranteed Income Is Top Retirement Priority
Explaining Shanghai's Health Care Reforms, Successes and Challenges
Revised Electronic Disclosure Rules Could Clarify Use and Better Protect Participant Choice
[Guidance Overview] Year-End Checklist for Plan Sponsors of Retirement and Group Health Plans
Coming Soon from a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Near You: A New and Improved Focus on Participant Education
Ninth Circuit Reaffirms That Incorporation of SEC Filings by Reference in SPDs Is Fiduciary Act
[Official Guidance] DOL Technical Release No. 2013-04: ERISA Definition of Marriage Includes Same-Sex Persons Validly Married in State Where Marriage Was Celebrated
Text of DOL Amicus Brief to Eighth Circuit Supporting Participant Claim that Insurance Certificate on Web Site Was Not SPD Furnished by Plan Sponsor
[Official Guidance] EBSA Press Release: Labor Department Permits 401(k) Plans to Reschedule Annual Disclosures to Employees (PDF)
[Official Guidance] DOL Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2013-02: Extension of Aug. 30 Deadline for Comparative Chart of Investment Alternatives
The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way
[Guidance Overview] Supreme Court Rules Part of DOMA Unconstitutional; Employer Action Steps Suggested
[Opinion] Testimony to ERISA Advisory Council on Locating Missing Plan Participants
[Opinion] Testimony to ERISA Advisory Council on Private Sector Pension De-risking and Participant Protections
[Opinion] Testimony to ERISA Advisory Council on Successful Retirement Plan Communications for Various Population Segments
[Guidance Overview] Treatment of ACA Whistleblower Complaints (PDF)
[Guidance Overview] DOL Regulatory Agenda Released (PDF)
[Official Guidance] U.S. Department of Labor Issues Compliance Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans in Wake of Hurricane Sandy
Election Brings Increased Clarity to HR Agenda
Sixth Circuit Finds ERISA Section 510 Does Not Protect Unsolicited Internal Complaint (PDF)
Miller Chevalier Focus on Employee Benefits, October 24, 2012
Before It's Too Late: A Retirement Security Newsletter from Phyllis Borzi, April 29, 2013
[Guidance Overview] DOL Updates Employer Model CHIP Notice
Reinhart Employee Benefits Update, August 2012 (PDF)
Can Index Funds Fix Your 401(k) Fee Problem?
Employee Job Satisfaction Linked to Benefits Education
[Official Guidance] Text of IRS Notice 2012-46: Notice Requirements Under Section 101(j) of ERISA for Funding-Related Benefit Limits in Single-Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans (PDF)
A 14-Month Effort to Answer One Question: Can Shopping for Insurance Be Easy?
Second Look at Headline Grabbing 401(k) Fee Survey Reveals Major Questions
[Guidance Overview] On 401(k) Plan Brokerage Windows and Participant Fee Disclosures (PDF)
[Guidance Overview] 2012 W-2 Reporting of Health Care Coverage Costs
[Guidance Overview] Employee Benefits Developments, May 2012
[Guidance Overview] May 11 FAQs Provide Additional Guidance on SBCs
DOL in Fee Disclosure Guidance on Brokerage Windows Is 'Surprising', Experts Say
Public Sector Defined Contribution Plans: Rising to the Challenge of the New Fee Disclosure Requirements
[Guidance Overview] DOL FAQs Address Implementation of Participant-Level Fee Disclosures
[Official Guidance] DOL Reopens Comment Period for Target-Date Fund; Invites Comments on SEC Study (PDF)
[Guidance Overview] Compliance Checklist 2012 for ERISA-Covered Defined Benefit Plans, Defined Contribution Plans and 403(b) Plans(PDF)
[Guidance Overview] Compliance Checklist 2012 for Non-ERISA Plans: Qualified Governmental and Nonelecting Church Plans, Non-ERISA 403(b) Plans, 457 Plans and Nonqualified Executive Benefit Plans (PDF)
[Guidance Overview] DOL Makes Small Changes to Field Assistance Bulletin 2012-02 (Participant Disclosure FAQs)
[Guidance Overview] Plan Sponsors Working Diligently and in Good Faith on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Will Not Face Penalties During First Year
[Guidance Overview] Court of Appeals Rejects Equitable Remedies When SPD Promises More Generous Benefits Than Pension Plan Document
[Opinion] Text of Morningstar Comment Letter to SEC on Need for More Disclosure to Investors in Target-Date Funds
[Guidance Overview] EBSA Makes Small Clarifying Correction to FAB 2012-02 FAQs on Participant-Level Fee Disclosure
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