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ERIC conducted a survey of its members, on sabbatical leave, wellness programs, and the use of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) for your prescription drug benefit… More

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Letters to Agencies

Employers Need Guidance on Fiduciary Rule Monitoring Requirements

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the fiduciary rule and the uncertainty surrounding a plan fiduciaries’ monitoring obligations… More

ERIC Comments on Nevada Fiduciary Rule

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to submit comments to the Nevada Securities Division on Senate Bill 383 (“S.B. 383”), the law imposing a statutory fiduciary duty on brokers- dealers and investment advisers, and the effect proposed regulations, if adopted, would have on small business as defined under Nevada law… More

Comments to HHS on Mental Health Parity and the Mental Health Reform Act

To Whom It May Concern: The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Department’s stakeholder input efforts pursuant to the 21st Century Cures Act and the Mental Health Reform Act contained therein … More

Regulatory Burdens Threatening Retirement Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury outlining ways to reduce regulatory burdens for retirement plans… More

ERIC Comments to HHS on ACA Regulatory Reforms

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to comment on the request for information by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 8, 2017, concerning regulatory actions within HHS jurisdiction that could be taken to reduce the burdens of the ACA… More

ERIC Sends Sec. Acosta Letter on Updating Delivery Methods for Notices to Beneficiaries

We watched with interest the Administration’s meeting with top technology executives on Monday, June 19, 2017, and now urge the Department of Labor to make a technology change that will improve communications between companies that sponsor health and retirement plans and their beneficiaries, and save money for both the beneficiaries and the companies… More

Chicago & Cook County Paid Sick Leave Policies Must Not Work Against Each Other

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a comments on the City of Chicago’s proposed rules for its paid sick leave ordinance… More

Employers Must be Able to Design Leave Polices that Best Fit Their Workforce

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Industrial Commission of Arizona asking for amendments to the proposed rules that coincide with the state’s newly passed paid sick leave law, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act… More

U.S. Senate Protects Employer-Sponsored Retirement Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the United States Senate has passed a resolution fully repealing the Department of Labor rules that have allowed state governments to enact mandatory retirement plans that do not comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act… More

ERIC’s Letter to Sec. Acosta Asking to Protect Emoployer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) writes to share our concerns about potential state activity that interferes with the ability of employers to provide voluntary retirement benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), and urges your support to protect plan sponsors and the retirement security of millions of Americans… More

ERIC’s Comments on Washington State’s Proposed Rules on Paid Sick Leave

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to submit comments on Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries’ proposed rules on Initiative 1433 (“Proposed Rules”) regarding paid sick leave… More

New York Must Not Over Burden Large Employers With New Paid Leave Rules

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board on proposed rules to the state’s paid family leave program… More

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Letters to Congress

Coalition to Protect Retirement Sends Letter to Senators Hatch and Wyden

Today, ERIC signed onto a letter sent to Senator Hatch and Senator Wyden on behalf of the Coalition to Protect Retirement, of which ERIC is a founding member. This coalition is comprised of trade associations that represent retirement plan sponsors, administrators, service providers, and related financial institutions… More

ERIC Joins Others in Supporting Section 127 of Internal Revenue Code

In response to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch's request for submissions on tax reform, ERIC signed onto a letter that was sent to Sen. Hatch and the Committee's Ranking Member, Senator Ron Wyden… More

More than 50 Business Groups Call on Senate to Preserve Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits

More than 50 business organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to protect the employer-sponsored health insurance system by repealing damaging taxes and preserving improvements to consumer-directed health options proposed in the House-passed American Health Care Act … More

Letter to Nevada Governor Urging Him to Veto Paid Sick Leave Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) urges you to veto Nevada Senate Bill 196 (“SB 196”). SB 196 mandates paid sick leave for private-sector employees, but in doing so, infringes on large employers’ ability provide leave under existing policies that already provide the requisite amount of paid sick leave that the bill mandates… More

Health Reform: A Chance to Get it Right

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging it to use health care reform as a vehicle to improve consumer-driven options for Americans, reduce health care taxes, and improve public sector programs to focus on value… More

ERIC’s Letter to Nevada Assembly on Paid Sick Leave Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) recognizes the importance of paid sick leave for Nevada workers, as well as the states’ desire to ensure the care and well-being of its workers. ERIC supports increasing access to paid sick leave, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers who already provide quality paid sick leave policies… More

Letter to Paul Ryan Urging Him to Oppose Increasing PBGC Premiums

The undersigned organizations represent thousands of employers who voluntarily provide retirement benefits to millions of workers. As we approach another government funding deadline, we urge you to protect job-creators, workers, retirees, and the retirement security system by opposing further increases in premiums paid to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) by sponsors of single-employer defined benefit plans… More

ERIC’s Letter on Nevada Paid Sick Leave - Senate Bill 196

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) recognizes the growing importance of paid sick leave for employees and the states’ desire to ensure the care and well-being of its workers. We strongly support increasing access to paid sick leave policies for Americans, but believe it should be accomplished in a manner that does not hinder employers who already provide quality paid sick leave policies… More

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Press Releases

Employers Need Guidance on Fiduciary Rule Monitoring Requirements

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the fiduciary rule and the uncertainty surrounding a plan fiduciaries’ monitoring obligations… More

New Survey Highlights How Employers are Innovating in Spite of Rising Health Care Costs

Today’s release of the National Business Group on Health’s (NBGH) annual survey highlights the important role large employers play as innovators in the health care system, their interest in how health care is delivered and paid for, and the increased availability of telemedicine… More

Senate Misses Opportunity to Protect and Improve Health Care

The United States Senate last night missed an extraordinary and historic opportunity to begin fixing our nation’s broken health care system by reducing damaging taxes, empowering patients with improved consumer-driven health options, and stabilizing the individual markets, many of which may currently be in a death spiral… More

Governor Christie Must Veto Paid Family Leave Expansion

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) sent a letter to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie urging him to veto New Jersey Assembly Bill 4927 due to the bill hindering large employer’s ability to implement and administer consistent paid leave programs across state lines… More

OregonSaves will Force Large Employers to Redirect Costs

The ERISA Industry Committee is disappointed that Oregon lawmakers ignored the Joint Resolution of Disapproval rescinding federal rulemaking that allowed states to create mandatory retirement plans and next week will launch a pilot of OregonSaves, a program that will eventually reach beyond what the federal law allows by imposing a compliance burden on employers who voluntarily provide a retirement plan to their employees… More

Paid Leave Laws Need Clear, Consistent Language

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted comments on the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board’s revised proposed rules on the state’s Paid Family Leave program… More

Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Costs for Employers and Employees

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the Senate’s health care bill recognizes the important role employer-sponsored health insurance plays in providing health benefits to more than 178 million Americans. We appreciate the Senate’s efforts to reduce taxes that are passed on to health care purchasers and consumers, improve consumer-driven health options like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and prevent cost-shifting by stabilizing the individual markets… More

ERIC Pulls Support of New Jersey Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted new written testimony to the New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee pulling its support for telehealth legislation – Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 … More

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

The DOL Must Modernize: How Old Rules Are Hurting Benefit Plans & Participants

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans about streamlining and eliminating unnecessary disclosure requirements placed on health and retirement plan sponsors… More

Nevada’s Governor Must Veto Overreaching Paid Sick Leave Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today sent a letter to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval urging him to veto Senate Bill 196. The bill infringes on large employers’ ability provide paid sick leave under existing policies that already offer generous amounts of leave… More

Texas Governor Signs Telehealth Bill Into Law

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds Texas Governor Greg Abbott for signing Senate Bill 1107 into law over the weekend. ERIC is especially pleased that the bill requires the same standard of care for telehealth services as for in-person visits, permits e-prescribing, and eliminates the requirement that a provider and patient meet in person before taking advantage of telehealth services… More

Health Reform: A Chance to Get it Right

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging it to use health care reform as a vehicle to improve consumer-driven options for Americans, reduce health care taxes, and improve public sector programs to focus on value… More

Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Not Subject to State Plan Rule

The ERISA Industry Committee thanks President Trump for protecting employer-sponsored retirement plans by fully repealing the Department of Labor rules that allowed state governments to enact mandatory retirement plans that do not comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act… More

Texas One Step Closer to Telehealth Law

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the Texas House of Representatives for passing telehealth legislation that will allow millions of Texans access to the care they need, when and where they need it… More

ERIC Asks for Changes to Nevada’s Paid Sick Leave Legislation

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted written testimony to the Nevada State Assembly's Committee on Commerce and Labor regarding paid sick leave legislation in Senate Bill 196 (SB 196)… More

House Passage of the American Health Care Act is a Positive Step Forward

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) supports the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Most important to large employers is the AHCA’s repeal of the cap on the individual tax exclusion for employer-provided health benefits. The repeal was imperative to allowing employers to continue to provide high quality, robust health care benefits for employees, retirees, and their families… More

U.S. Senate Protects Employer-Sponsored Retirement Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the United States Senate has passed a resolution fully repealing the Department of Labor rules that have allowed state governments to enact mandatory retirement plans that do not comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act… More

Business Groups Urge Administration to Accelerate Market-Based Health Care Reforms

A national partnership led by two business organizations representing Fortune 500 companies, the Pacific Business Group on Health and The ERISA Industry Committee, announced today the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign to accelerate economic growth by controlling health costs and improving quality through the rapid adoption of value-based health care… More

Tax Reform Can Both Improve the Economy and Protect Employer-Sponsored Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased with President Trump’s tax reform framework, which avoids imposing dangerous taxes on employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits… More

Oregon’s State Retirement Savings Plan Infringes on ERISA

The Oregon Retirement Savings Board today approved final rules that apply to the operation of OregonSaves, the state-run mandatory retirement plan. Oregon is the first state, of the seven other states that have passed legislation to implement these plans, to provide regulatory guidance.… More

ERIC Asks Treasury and OMB for Additional Review of Mortality Table Regulations

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury and Office of Management and Budget urging the agencies to deem the defined benefit mortality table proposed regulations subject to Executive Orders 12866 and 13771, causing the regulations to receive additional review, including a thorough economic analysis… More

New York Must Not Over Burden Large Employers With New Paid Leave Rules

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board on proposed rules to the state’s paid family leave program… More

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Testimony

ERIC Telehealth Testimony to New Jersey General Assembly Appropriations Committee

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464 (ACS 1464), which permits health care providers to engage in telemedicine and telehealth in New Jersey. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We speak in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in New Jersey… More

ERIC Supports New Jersey Telehealth Bill

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted written testimony to the New Jersey Assembly Committee on Health and Senior Services supporting proposed telehealth legislation – Assembly Committee Substitute for Assembly Bill 1464… More

ERIC’s Testimony Supporting New Jersey Telehealth Bill

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting testimony from interested stakeholders as you explore opportunities to expand and improve the delivery of health care through telemedicine in New Jersey. ERIC is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels. We speak in one voice for our members on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in New Jersey… More

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

The DOL Must Modernize: How Old Rules Are Hurting Benefit Plans & Participants

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans about streamlining and eliminating unnecessary disclosure requirements placed on health and retirement plan sponsors… More

Testimony on Regulatory Barriers Facing Workers and Families Saving for Retirement

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) testified before the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions of the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a panel concerning “Regulatory Barriers Facing Workers and Families Saving for Retirement"… More

ERIC Testimony on Nevada Paid Sick Leave Bill

ERIC appreciates that SB 196 takes into consideration the needs of employees in being able to take leave to care for themselves and their loved ones. Even though SB 196 has been amended since first introduced in the Nevada State Senate, some of which has been favorable to large employers, there are still provisions in the bill that infringe large employers’ ability to provide consistent paid sick leave to employees situated in Nevada and across other states… More

ERIC Testimony on the Health Plan Identifier

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels, calls on the NCVHS to recommend that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) immediately halt the implementation of the HPID requirements and clarify that an HPID will not be required for HIPAA standard transaction purposes or for any other regulatory purpose, and that any new requirements should not be applied in the employer-sponsored self-insured group health plan market… More

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