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New Federal Spending Bill Includes Extensive Pension Related Provisions
December 19, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2014
December 5, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2014
November 7, 2014

EEOC Files Lawsuit Challenging Biometric Testing in Wellness Programs
November 2014

IRS Announces 2015 Dollar Limits for Health FSAs and Transportation Benefits
November 2014

IRS Issues Guidance Permitting Plans to Offer Target Date Funds with Longevity Annuities
November 2014

Agencies Say Plans Not Providing Hospitalization, Physician Services Likely Do Not Satisfy ACA Minimum Value Requirements
November 2014

CMS Delays Enforcement of Health Plan ID Requirements
November 2014

Departments Issue Guidance Regarding Use of Reference-Based Pricing under ACA
November 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - September 2014
October 6, 2014

Illinois Circuit Judge Bars State from Requiring State Retirees to Pay Health Premiums
October 2014

DOL Proposes Rule Requiring Electronic Filing of Top-Hat Plan Election, Apprenticeship and Training Fund Filings
October 2014

IRS Issues Final Cash Balance Plan Regulations
October 2014

IRS Issues Guidance Permitting Rollovers of After-Tax Contributions to Roth IRAs
October 2014

PIMCO and Bill Gross Part Ways
October 2014

Agencies Issue Final Rules Amending Definitions of Excepted Benefits
October 2014

IRS Issues Guidance on How to Deal With a Change to an Employee’s Measurement Period Under ACA Employer Mandate
October 2014

IRS Issues Guidance Permitting Additional Mid-Year Election Changes Under a Cafeteria Plan
October 2014

IRS Sets PCORI Fee Rate for Plan Years Ending After October 2014
October 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - August 2014
September 2, 2014

DOL Issues Post-Hobby Lobby Guidance for Closely Held For-Profits Making Changes in Contraception Coverage
August 2014

Federal Appeals Courts Issue Contradictory Rulings on Federal Marketplace Subsidies under Affordable Care Act
August 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Public Sector Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits
August 2014

IRS Issues Draft Forms for Coverage Reporting Requirements under the Affordable Care Act
August 2014

IRS Modifies Required Minimum Distribution Rules to Permit Purchase of Longevity Annuities in Defined Contribution Plans
August 2014

IRS Seeking Comments on Business Hardship Rules for Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plans
August 2014

PBGC Issues Enforcement Moratorium on 4062(e) Cases through End of 2014
August 2014

Supreme Court Grants Injunction to Religious University Barring Strict Enforcement of Accommodation Scheme for ACA Contraception Mandate
August 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014
August 3, 2014

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits
July 10, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - June 2014
July 2, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - May 2014
June 2, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - April 2014
May 2, 2014

IRS Issues 2015 HSA Contribution Limits, High-Deductible Health Plan Definition, Out of Pocket Expense Limit
April 2014

IRS Issues Follow-up Guidance Regarding Application of the Windsor/DOMA Decision to Qualified Retirement Plans
April 2014

IRS Issues Revenue Ruling to Simplify Validation of Incoming Rollover Contributions
April 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - March 2014
April 1, 2014

CMS Specifies Issuer Obligations to Offer Coverage Options to Same Sex Spouses
March 2014

Deadline for Applications to the IRS 403(b) Plan Preapproval Program Extended
March 2014

DOL Begins Rulemaking Process for 408(b)(2) Service Provider Fee Disclosure Guides
March 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Employer FICA Withholding Obligations for Severance Payments in U.S. v. Quality Stores Inc.
March 2014

Treasury and the IRS Clarify Affordable Care Act Reporting Obligations
March 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - February 2014
March 1, 2014

Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Final and Newly Proposed Rules on Waiting Periods
February 2014

Health Care Reform: Seventh Circuit Rejects Notre Dame’s Request for Injunction Against ACA Contraception Mandate While Supreme Court Challenges Are Pending
February 2014

HHS Releases Guidance on Disclosure of Mental Health Information Under HIPAA
February 2014

IRS Addresses Correction Method for Failure to Timely Provide Safe Harbor 401(k) Notice
February 2014

IRS Clarifies Position on Substantial Risk of Forfeiture in Final Section 83 Rules
February 2014

IRS Issues Final Affordable Care Act “Pay or Play” Regulations
February 14, 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2014
February 2014

Agencies Issue New Round of Affordable Care Act FAQs
January 2014

New “myRA” Workplace Savings Program
January 2014

PBGC Proposal Eases Rules Related to Multiemployer Plan Filing and Notice Requirements
January 2014

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2013
January 2014

IRS Issues Guidance Aimed at Helping Frozen DB Plans Pass Nondiscrimination Testing
December 2013

IRS Issues Guidance on In-Plan Roth Rollovers
December 2013

IRS Issues Guidance on the Application of the Windsor/DOMA Decision to Cafeteria Plans, FSAs, and HSAs
December 2013

New U.S. Budget Bill Increases PBGC Premiums
December 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Plan’s Internal Statute of Limitations
December 2013

Illinois General Assembly Passes Pension Reform Bill
December 5, 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2013
December 2013

Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Grants Review to Two Cases Challenging ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate
November 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Publishes Final Rules on Additional Medicare Tax
November 2013

Agencies Issue Final Regulations on Mental Health Parity Requirements
November 2013

IRS Publishes Final Business Hardship Rules for Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plans
November 2013

IRS Permits 403(b) Plan Sponsors to Correct Failure to Adopt Written Plan Document Using VCP
November 2013

State Legislators Reach Deal to Increase Pension Funding
November 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - October 2013
November 2013

Flexible Spending Account Plans – Modification of Use-It-Or-Lose-It Rule for Health FSAs
October 2013

Health Care Reform: Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Opens With Technical “Glitches”
October 2013

Health Care Reform: House Committee Considers Full-Time Employee Definition Under ACA
October 2013

IRS Announces Cost-Of-Living Adjustments on Retirement Plan Limits for 2014
October 2013

Public Pension Reform in Illinois at the “One-Yard Line”
October 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Consider FICA Taxation of Supplemental Unemployment
October 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - September 2013
October 3, 2013

Defense of Marriage Act: DOL Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages & IRS Issues Procedures for Employment Tax Adjustments
September 2013

Health Care Reform: DOL, IRS and HHS Issue Guidance on the Affordable Care Act Impact on HRAs, Health Care FSAs and Other Arrangements
September 2013

Health Care Reform: FAQ Part XVI Addresses Insurance Exchange Notice and 90-Day Waiting Period Requirement
September 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on the Reporting Requirements
September 2013

HIPAA: Business Associate Agreements and Notices of Privacy Practices
September 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - August 2013
September 3, 2013

Correcting Pension Overpayments and Underpayments
September 2013

IRS Issues Final Regulations on Individual Mandate & October 1 Deadline to Provide Notices of Exchange Coverage Options
August 2013

IRS Issues Guidance Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage for Federal Tax Purposes
August 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2013
August 1, 2013

DOL Field Assistance Bulletin Permits One-Time “Reset” in Timing of Participant Disclosures
July 2013

DOL Issues Guidance on Revenue-Sharing Arrangements
July 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Transitional Relief Delays Pay or Play Reporting and Penalties
July 2013

Teachers’ Retirement System Early Retirement Option Extended
July 2013

Obama Administration Announces Delay of Pay or Play Penalties under Affordable Care Act
July 3, 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - June 2013
July 1, 2013

Final Rules Issued on Coverage of Contraceptives Under Preventive Services
June 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Fail to Pass Pension Reform – Bonds Downgraded
June 2013

New IRS Form 720 – Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return
June 2013

Retirement Plans: Automatic Enrollment Guidance to be Issued & 457(b) Plans Under IRS Scrutiny
June 2013

Seventh Circuit Allows Participant to Seek Money Damages Following Amara Case
June 2013

Supreme Court Ruling on United States v. Windsor
June 2013

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) Files Administrative Complaints HHS Alleging Sex Discrimination in Plan Coverage
June 2013

“Alter Ego” Theory May Be Used to Impose Withdrawal Liability
June 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - May 2013
June 3, 2013

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Lifetime Income Illustrations on Defined Contribution Plan Benefit Statements
May 2013

Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Final Regulations on Wellness Programs Under ACA
May 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Requests Comments on Proposed Rule on “Minimum Value” Health Coverage
May 2013

IRS Increases Contribution Limits for High-Deductible Plan Health Savings Accounts
May 2013

Health Care Reform: DOL Releases Temporary Guidance and Model Notice of Exchange Coverage Options to Employees
May 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - April 2013
May 1, 2013

Health Care Reform: Guidance for Employers Contributing to Multiemployer Welfare Plans
April 2013

Health Care Reform: Guidance for Individuals Seeking Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit
April 2013

Health Care Reform: Guidance on Required Future Modifications to SBC, Other Issues
April 2013

Obama Administration Revenue Proposals Affecting Retirement Savings
April 2013

PBGC Proposed Rule on Reportable Events
April 2013

United States Supreme Court Decision: US Airways Inc. v. McCutchen
April 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - March 2013
April 1, 2013

DOL Issues Fact Sheet on Target Date Funds in 401(k) Plans
March 2013

DOL Issues Guidance on New Information Required in Annual Funding Notice for DB Plans
March 2013

Federal Appeals Court Finds That Employer Breached ERISA Fiduciary Duties by Offering Retail-Level Mutual Funds in 401(k) Plan
March 2013

Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation
March 2013

Health Care Reform: College & University Group Submits Comments on Application of Pay or Play Rules in College & University Setting
March 2013

IRS Issues Opinion Letter Program for Pre-Approved 403(b) Plan Documents
March 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - February 2013
March 1, 2013

DOL Issues Advisory Opinion on Swap Transactions for ERISA Plans
February 2013

Health Care Reform: FAQ on Various Affordable Care Act Issues
February 2013

Health Care Reform: HHS Grants Conditional Approval to Illinois Partnership Insurance Exchange
February 2013

Health Care Reform: HHS Issues Final Regulations on Essential Health Benefits
February 2013

Illinois Pension Reform Efforts Intensify
February 2013

IRS Provides 403(b) Plan Assistance Tools
February 2013

Seventh Circuit Finds Individual Business Owners Liable for Withdrawal Liability
February 2013

Monthly Benefits Update - January 2013
February 4, 2013

DOL Issues Revised Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program
January 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Issues FAQs on Various ACA Issues
January 2013

Health Care Reform: IRS Issues Proposed “Pay or Play” Regulations
January 2013

HHS Issues Final HIPAA Regulations Incorporating HITECH Act and GINA
January 2013

In-Plan Roth Conversions Now Possible Without a Distribution Event
January 2013

IRS Issues New Correction Procedures
January 2013

Transit Benefit Limit Increased Retroactively
January 2013

Health Care Reform: Preparations for 2014 Pay or Play Rules Should Begin Now
January 9, 2013

Health Care Reform: Details Regarding Significant New Fee Payable by Health Plan Sponsors Beginning in 2014
December 19, 2012

Health Care Reform – Medical Loss Ratio Rebates Issued
September 5, 2012

Reminder of Immediate Obligations for Plan Sponsors After Receiving Retirement Plan Fee Disclosures
July 24, 2012

Pension Funding Relief Legislation Becomes Law
July 9, 2012

Health Care Reform – Getting Back on Task in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Decision
July 3, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Health Care Reform Law
June 28, 2012

New Guidance Increases Availability of Lifetime Income Options in Retirement Plans
May 25, 2012

Health Care Reform – Summary of Benefits and Coverage Final Rule
April 6, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments For Constitutional Challenge of Affordable Care Act – Day Three (Severability and Medicaid Expansion Issues)
March 29, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments For Constitutional Challenge of Affordable Care Act – Day Two (Challenges to Individual Mandate)
March 28, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments For Constitutional Challenge of Affordable Care Act – Day One
March 27, 2012

Plan Sponsor Obligations Under New Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Rules
March 19, 2012

IRS Releases Findings from 401(k) Plan Compliance Check Questionnaires
March 5, 2012

DOL Service Provider Fee Disclosure Regulations To Go Into Effect in Early 2012
November 10, 2011

Health Care Reform – Significant New Changes to Claims and Appeals Requirements
July 21, 2011

Health Care Reform – Pending Litigation Cases
June 8, 2011

Some Colleges and Universities to Receive 403(b) Plan Questionnaires from IRS
May 25, 2011

New Rules Require Retirement Plans to Disclose Investment Fees to Participants
February 8, 2011

Health Care Reform Implementation – Additional Guidance Issued
November 15, 2010

Another Federal Appeals Court Presumes that Fiduciaries’ Employer Stock Investment Decisions Are Legal
October 8, 2010

Health Care Reform – On the Eve of the New Health Care Reform Mandates
September 22, 2010

Health Care Reform – New Claims and Appeals Requirements
September 2, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court - Labor & Employment Decisions (2009-2010 Term)
August 10, 2010

DOL Issues New Fee Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans
August 6, 2010

Health Care Reform - Grandfathered Health Plan Regulations
June 25, 2010

Health Care Reform – Dependent Coverage Regulations
May 26, 2010

Health Care Reform – Reinsurance Program Regulations
May 26, 2010

Supreme Court Broadens Deference Granted to ERISA Plan Administrators
May 19, 2010

COBRA Subsidy Extended Again, Now Through May 2010
April 20, 2010

HIRE Act – IRS Releases New Forms
April 14, 2010

Supreme Court Sets Standard to Review Investment Adviser Compensation
April 9, 2010

2010 Health Care Act: New Dependent Coverage Obligations and Expansion of Tax Dependent Status
March 30, 2010

Understanding Health Care Reform: Changes Impacting Employer-Sponsored Plans
March 30, 2010

COBRA Subsidy Extended Through March 2010
March 9, 2010

Depositing Employee Contributions – Final Regulations Adopt Safe Harbor
February 22, 2010

CHIPRA – Model CHIP Notice Issued by EBSA
February 12, 2010

Agencies Publish Mental Health Parity Regulations
February 8, 2010

COBRA Subsidy Extension – 6 additional months
December 22, 2009

Withdrawal Liability May Extend to Unrelated Entity if Entity Has Legal Obligation To Contribute To Pension Fund
November 4, 2009

IRS Issues Guidance for Employee's Contributions of Paid Time-Off
October 9, 2009

Crain's Chicago Business Names James C. Franczek, Jr. to its List of "Who's Who in Chicago Business"
September 28, 2009

HIPAA Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information - Regulations Issued
September 10, 2009

Refinancing of Plan Loans May Trigger Taxable Deemed Distributions and Penalties
July 13, 2009

401(k) Plans – IRS Issues Relief for Employers Suffering Business Hardship
June 2, 2009

2009 Recovery Act - DOL Issues Guidance to Appeal COBRA Subsidy Denials
May 27, 2009

Supreme Court Rules For AT&T In Pregnancy Discrimination Case
May 19, 2009

New Requirements for Dependent Coverage
April 24, 2009

2009 Recovery Act - DOL and IRS Release Long Awaited Guidance
April 8, 2009

2009 Recovery Act – COBRA Subsidy Update
March 24, 2009

2009 Recovery Act - DOL Releases Model COBRA Subsidy Notice
March 20, 2009

2009 Economic Stimulus Act: HIPAA Privacy and Security Requirements
March 18, 2009

2009 Economic Stimulus Act - COBRA Premium Assistance
February 17, 2009

Supreme Court Follows "Plan Documents" Rule in DuPont Decision
February 6, 2009

EEOC's Authority to Investigate Extends Even After Charge Withdrawn
February 5, 2009

President Obama Signs Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
January 29, 2009

Supreme Court: Title VII Prohibits Retaliation Against Employees For Participating In Employer's Harassment Investigation
January 28, 2009

Pension Relief Bill Signed Into Law
January 19, 2009

W-2 Reporting of Deferral of Compensation is Delayed
January 19, 2009

"Michelle's Law" Adds to Growing List of Health Care Developments in 2009
December 15, 2008

IRS Extends 403(b) Written Plan Deadline to December 31, 2009
December 15, 2008

Financial Bailout Bill Includes Mental Health Parity Act
October 23, 2008

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2007-2008 Term
August 13, 2008

De Minimis Exception for ERISA Violations When Plan Fiduciaries Receive Gratuities From Service Providers
August 8, 2008

Supreme Court Clarifies the Standard of Review in ERISA Actions