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Growing Retirement Plan Administration Firm
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Conrad Siegel Actuaries
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AmeriBen/IEC Group
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EZ Pension Services, LLC
in NY

Supervisor Plan Regulatory Services
in IN

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Newport Group
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Webcasts and Conferences

Small But Mighty: Annuitization Services for Sponsors and Advisers of Small DB Plans
Dietrich & Associates, Inc.

Cash Balance Plans: Removing the Mystery
November 30, 2016 WEBCAST
NIPA [National Institute of Pension Administrators]

ERISA Fiduciary Update: Best Practices From Industry Professionals
December 13, 2016 in WI
Husch Blackwell

Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program Workshop
December 13, 2016 in CA
Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor

13th Annual Employers and Payers Forum: Rewarding Healthy Behaviors
February 7, 2017 in AZ
World Congress

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[Guidance Overview]

Employers That Hire Holiday Help: Understand the ACA Rules Around Seasonal Workers
"If you have at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, on average during the prior year, your organization is an ALE.... If your workforce exceeds 50 full-time employees for 120 days or fewer during a calendar year, and the employees in excess of 50 during that period were seasonal workers, your organization is not considered an ALE. For this purpose, a seasonal worker is an employee who performs labor or services on a seasonal basis."
Internal Revenue Service [IRS]


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[Guidance Overview]

IRS Delays 2016 Deadline for Furnishing ACA Forms to Employees (PDF)
"Filers are not required to submit any request or other documentation to the IRS to take advantage of the extended furnishing due date provided by Notice 2016-70. Because this extended furnishing deadline applies automatically to all reporting entities, the IRS will not grant additional extensions of time of up to 30 days to furnish Forms 1095-B and 1095-C. As a result, the IRS will not formally respond to any requests that have already been submitted for 30-day extensions of time to furnish statements for 2016."
Cowden Associates, Inc.

[Guidance Overview]

FMLA Proposed Legislation in the 114th Congress (PDF)
16 pages. "The 114th Congress is considering several proposals to amend [Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)] leave in various ways : Additional leave entitlements.... New FMLA-qualifying uses of the existing leave entitlement.... Broader application of existing FMLA-qualifying uses of leave.... Less-restrictive eligibility requirements, generally, and separate requirements for certain worker groups." [Report R44693, Nov. 21, 2016.]
Congressional Research Service [CRS]

[Guidance Overview]

Five Things to Know About Arizona's New Paid Sick Leave Law
"[1] How much paid sick leave must be provided? ... [2] How does sick leave accrue? ... [3] How can employees use paid sick leave? ... [4] Who is a 'family member'? ... [5] What happens when an employee leaves their job?"
Polsinelli PC

Call-In Procedures Enforceable for Workers on FMLA Leave
"Give employees something in writing about the call-in procedures ... and require them to talk live to someone. Some employees want to text that they will be out and not speak with anyone. If they have to talk to someone, they're less likely to abuse intermittent leave[.]"
Society for Human Resource Management [SHRM]


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House Republicans Ask Court for Delay in ACA Challenge
"Attorneys for the U.S. House of Representatives asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit over President Barack Obama's signature health-care law, citing negotiations with President-elect Donald Trump over the future of the [ACA]. If granted, the reprieve would put on hold court proceedings while the incoming Trump administration and House Republicans decide how to address the president-elect's promise to unwind or repeal the health law."
The Wall Street Journal; subscription may be required

#WeAreNotWaiting: Diabetics Are Hacking Their Health Because Traditional Systems Have Failed Them
"Diabetics have been waiting for years for better technology to manage their condition. Some got tired of waiting and hacked together an open source hardware and software solution.... The movement was born from frustration, particularly among the parents of young children with type 1 diabetes, at the pace at which technology that could potentially revolutionise their lives was being developed. Diabetes may be a relatively common and well-known condition, but managing it on a day-to-day basis is anything but easy."

Executive Compensation and Nonqualified Plans

Wells Fargo Must Now Get Permission Before Handing Executives 'Golden Parachutes'
"Federal regulators are moving to make it more difficult for Wells Fargo to make executive changes or give departing executives departure packages ... Wells Fargo will be required to get agency approval for changes in directors and senior executive officers, and for any golden parachute payments, the [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)] said. An OCC spokesman declined to comment on why the agency decided to rescind its decision to waive the restrictions."
The Washington Post; subscription may be required

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