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The BenefitsLink Newsletter

March 31, 2000

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401(k) Plans
U.S. Labor Dept. Reaches Settlement With California Corporation and Trustees for Failure to Deposit Employee 401(k) Contributions Timely

Actuarial Issues
PBGC Back-Up Fund Enjoys Surplus for Fourth Consecutive Year

South Carolina Government Workers Pay More Than Average in Retirement Plan

Bankruptcy
Using Unfiled Dischargeable Tax Liens to Attach to ERISA-Qualified Pension Plan Interests After Patterson v. Shumate

BenefitsLink Features
Using the Web for Employee Benefits Research

Benefits Technology
Six HMOs To Form Online Partnership

Available for viewing online -- the comments submitted to HHS on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making for HIPAA Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

No more blackouts? Changing recordkeepers--without taking participants out of the market

Using the Web for Employee Benefits Research

Court Cases
Florida Doctors Ordered To Repay Their Professional Association's Profit Sharing Plan; Other Participants Allegedly Strong-Armed into Investing Their Accounts in Risky Limited Partnership

U.S. Labor Dept. Reaches Settlement With California Corporation and Trustees for Failure to Deposit Employee 401(k) Contributions Timely

Protecting Private Medical Information: Liability for Unauthorized Disclosure

Fifth Circuit Joins Seventh in Rejecting ADA Attacks on AIDS Benefit Caps

Government Plans
South Carolina Government Workers Pay More Than Average in Retirement Plan

Overhaul of 'Offset' Law Has Enough Votes Lined Up in the House

Health Plan Administration
Six HMOs To Form Online Partnership

Available for viewing online -- the comments submitted to HHS on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making for HIPAA Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

California HMO Patients Limited to Pre-Dispute, Binding Arbitration Launch "HMO Arbitration Abuse Report" Campaign

California Bill Ending Forced Arbitration at HMOs Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

Protecting Private Medical Information: Liability for Unauthorized Disclosure

Fifth Circuit Joins Seventh in Rejecting ADA Attacks on AIDS Benefit Caps

Health Plan Information for Employees
California HMO Patients Limited to Pre-Dispute, Binding Arbitration Launch "HMO Arbitration Abuse Report" Campaign

Health Plan Policy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine to be Sold? Situation Pits Emotion Against Laws

Critics Blast HMO Industry's Ad Campaign

HIPAA
Responsibilities of Employers Under Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule

Laws and Bills
Bill Would Separate Stock Options from Overtime Pay Calculations

Defense Secretary William Cohen Wants Congress to Keep Promise to Veterans

California HMO Patients Limited to Pre-Dispute, Binding Arbitration Launch "HMO Arbitration Abuse Report" Campaign

California Bill Ending Forced Arbitration at HMOs Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

APPWP Lauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Exempt Stock Option and Similar Equity Programs from the Overtime Requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Overhaul of 'Offset' Law Has Enough Votes Lined Up in the House

Managed Care
Critics Blast HMO Industry's Ad Campaign

Medicare
Medicare Trustees Issue Annual Reports

Regulations (Federal)
Available for viewing online -- the comments submitted to HHS on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making for HIPAA Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information

Retirement Plan Administration
No more blackouts? Changing recordkeepers--without taking participants out of the market

Using Unfiled Dischargeable Tax Liens to Attach to ERISA-Qualified Pension Plan Interests After Patterson v. Shumate

Retirement Plan Design
Cash Balance Plans

Retirement Plan Information for Employees
Florida Doctors Ordered To Repay Their Professional Association's Profit Sharing Plan; Other Participants Allegedly Strong-Armed into Investing Their Accounts in Risky Limited Partnership

Retirement Plan Information for Investors and Trustees
Florida Doctors Ordered To Repay Their Professional Association's Profit Sharing Plan; Other Participants Allegedly Strong-Armed into Investing Their Accounts in Risky Limited Partnership

Retirement Plan Policy
Social Security Trustees Report Shows Progress, Identifies Remaining Challenges

Social Security
Social Security Trustees Report Shows Progress, Identifies Remaining Challenges

Overhaul of 'Offset' Law Has Enough Votes Lined Up in the House

Stock Options
Bill Would Separate Stock Options from Overtime Pay Calculations

Sharing The Wealth Through Stock Options - Facts & Figures

APPWP Lauds Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Exempt Stock Option and Similar Equity Programs from the Overtime Requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Surveys
South Carolina Government Workers Pay More Than Average in Retirement Plan

Sharing The Wealth Through Stock Options - Facts & Figures




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