Updates – Defined Benefit Plans

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protected content GOP Mid-Term Election Sweep Will Impact Legislative Agenda

Vast tomes could (and will) be written about what went wrong for the Democrats or right for the Republicans. Anti-Obama sentiment, bad polling, lack of interest among young and retired voters, disgust with a gridlocked Congress, a flood of outside money, and local factors all probably played a role. But the fact remains that the GOP Congress will have to deal with a Democratic President for the next two years. So, what does that mean for the legislative agenda?… More

protected content GAO Issues Report on Measuring Pension Plan Liabilities

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report on determining the current value of defined benefit plans titled “Pension Plan Valuation: Views on Using Multiple Measures to Offer a More Complete Financial Picture”. … More

protected content Society of Actuaries Releases Report on Mortality Tables for Defined Benefit Plans

The Society of Actuaries released its report on selecting mortality assumptions for employer accounting purposes in the following reports: RP-2014 Mortality Tables and Mortality Improvement Scale MP – 2014. As you may recall, the actuaries are updating mortality tables that are used for various purposes relating to the administration of defined benefit plans… More

protected content IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limits; PBGC Updates Website Showing 2015 Premiums, Maximum Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service on October 23 released the annual cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. Meanwhile, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) updated its website to show the premium rates and maximum guaranteed benefit for 2015. … More

protected content Senators Harkin and Wyden Send Letter on De-Risking to Regulatory Agencies

Yesterday, Senator Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (“HELP” Committee), and Senator Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sent a letter to the Treasury Department, Department of Labor (DOL), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the issue of de-risking transactions in defined benefit plans.… More

protected content PBGC Provides Reporting Relief for Plans Using HATFA Funding Rates for 2013

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently issued Technical Update 14-2 advising that so-called 4010 filings do not need to be amended solely to revise actuarial information that changed because of a decision to use Highway and Transportation Funding Act (HATFA) rates for the 2013 plan year.… More

protected content DOL Issues Report on Pension Plan Coverage; Fuels Congressional Interest in Coverage Issues

On October 8, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a report on 2012 participation in defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension plans. The report is based on Form 5500 annual reports. Not unexpectedly, the report shows a continuing shift from DB plans to DC plans. It will very likely fuel the interest … More

ERIC Signs on to Letter to Society of Actuaries on Mortality Tables

ERIC has signed on to a letter to the Society of Actuaries with various other business trade associations expressing concern over the process and timing of the release of the final reports on RP-2014 Mortality Tables. … More

protected content ERIC Focus on Benefits for Executives—Third Quarter—October 2014

This quarterly publication is designed to alert company management about several of the most important recent developments in the benefits arena that warrant their attention.… More

protected content Covington & Burling Summary of Hybrid Plan Regulations

Richard Shea and Robert Newman of Covington and Burling have released a brief summary of the long-awaited final regulations on hybrid plans that address the market rate of return issue. … More

protected content IRS Releases Final Regulations Requiring Retirement Benefit Plan Returns on Magnetic Media

The Internal Revenue Service on September 29 published in the Federal Register final regulations detailing the requirements for filing on magnetic media certain benefit plan statements, returns, and reports for plan administrators and employers … More

ERIC Joins Letter to Congress Honoring the 40th Anniversary of ERISA

The undersigned organizations, representing plan sponsors, service providers, and plan administrators who deliver retirement benefits to millions of American workers, ask you to join us in celebrating the passage of this law and the success of the private retirement system that has been created around it.… More

protected content PBGC Releases Guidance on HATFA & PBGC Premiums

Today, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) released Technical Update 14-1: Effect of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 HAFTA on PBGC Premiums. … More

PBGC Announces Plans to Collect Information on Cash Outs and Annuitizations of Benefits

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) recently announced that it is planning to start collecting information on actions taken to cash out or annuitize benefits for certain former employees. … More

protected content Senators Cardin and Portman Introduce Frozen Plans/Nondiscrimination Testing Relief Legislation

Senate Finance Committee Members Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) once again have teamed up on retirement security issues by introducing legislation to provide relief from ongoing nondiscrimination testing for frozen defined benefit plans, subject to certain conditions. … More

protected content Some Benefits Proposals Could Emerge in Lame Duck

When Congress returned home to campaign for the November 4 elections, lawmakers left for themselves a substantial list of must-do issues for their lame duck (post-election) session. That session—which is of the current 113th Congress—is scheduled to start November 12. … More

protected content Treasury Issues Final Hybrid Plan Rules and Proposed Regulations on Transition Issues

The U.S. Department of Treasury earlier today released final regulations regarding hybrid retirement plans, and proposed regulations concerning transitional amendments to satisfy the market rate of return rules for hybrid retirement plans.… More

ERIC Offers Support for Chairman Tiberi’s Bill to Provide Relief from Nondiscrimination Testing for Frozen DB Plans

In a statement submitted today to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the subcommittee to protect and encourage the continuation of retirement plans by minimizing costs to maintain retirement plans, provide relief for frozen defined benefit plans, recognize the deferral nature of retirement savings, and critically evaluate proposals to change the system.… More

protected content Senate Passes Harkin Bill S. 2511 Amending Section 4062(e)

Yesterday, the full Senate approved by unanimous consent S. 2511, Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) bill that would amend section 4062(e) of ERISA regarding the definition of “substantial cessation of operations.” … More

ERIC Applauds Senate for Approving Legislation Clarifying “Substantial Cessation of Operations” under ERISA Section 4062(e) and PBGC Enforcement Activity

Kathryn Ricard, ERIC Senior Vice President for Retirement Policy, today made the following statement in reaction to the Senate approving S. 2511, legislation to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act to clarify the definition of “substantial cessation of operations” for purposes of section 4062(e). … More

protected content Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Holds Hearing on Defined Benefit Plans

Today, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing on Private Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans. The focus on the hearing was the challenges facing employers, employees and retirees who rely on defined benefit pension plans to help provide retirement security. The hearing focused on single employer and multiemployer issues.… More

protected content IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Pension Funding Stabilization

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-53, which addresses pension funding stabilization under the Highway and Transportation Funding Act (HATFA). … More

protected content Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Retirement Savings Policy

Today, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Retirement Savings 2.0: Updating Savings Policy for the Modern Economy.” Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) opened the hearing by stating that it appears tax incentives for retirement savings are not skewed towards those Americans who need them the most. … More

ERIC Urges Senate Finance Committee to Be Wary of Unintended Consequences in Considering Tax Changes to Employer Retirement System

In a statement submitted today to the Senate Finance Committee on its hearing on retirement savings reform, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the committee to be wary of unintended outcomes in considering changes to the tax rules for retirement savings. … More

protected content Senate Finance Committee and Ways and Means Subcommittee Schedule Hearings on Pension Reform Issues

Before Congress recesses for the mid-term elections, there are a number of retirement-related activities scheduled over the next week. Both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures plan to hold hearings on retirement issues next week. In addition, we understand that the full Senate is scheduled to vote on Senator Harkin’s Manager’s Amendment that would reform ERISA section 4062(e) (S. 2511). … More

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