Reform Proposals

Updates

ERIC Supports Congress on Efforts to Enhance Retirement Security

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the Family Savings Act was passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee and encourages its passage out of the U.S. House of Representatives… More

ERIC to Work with Trump Administration to Enhance Retirement Security

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the Trump Administration for today’s executive order promoting programs that enhance retirement security and expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans for American workers… More

protected content IRS Final Rule; New Legislation; Tidbits of Info

On Tuesday, a group of four Senators (two Republicans and two Democrats) introduced 4 bills that focus on retirement and emergency savings. The primary bill that impacts large employers would be the first one listed below – The Strengthening Financial Security Through Short-Term Savings Act… More

protected content RESA Update

Just a quick update on the Omnibus Spending Bill. The House and Senate each respectively passed the legislation over the past 24 hours… More

ERIC’s Letter to U.S. Senate on Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

We strongly support the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act (RESA), and encourage you to advance this legislation in the Omnibus package currently being debated-with one critical modification relating to the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) mandate… More

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Judicial Documents

The ERISA Industry Committee Files Lawsuit Against Oregon

ERIC has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon against the Oregon Retirement Savings Board for obstructing federal law. In the complaint, ERIC is requesting an injunction against only the reporting requirement OregonSaves imposes on employers that already provide a retirement plan… More

ERIC’s Legal Complaint about OregonSaves State Retirement Plan: What You Need to Know

OregonSaves is the State of Oregon’s state-run retirement program. Signed into law in June 2015, the Oregon Retirement Savings Board was implemented and tasked with creating a defined contribution retirement plan for private-sector employees… More

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Legislative Documents

protected content Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget with Retirement Policy Provisions

Today, the President released the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget of the U.S. Government (“FY 2016 Budget”). As the Administration has been releasing pieces of the FY 2016 Budget over recent days… 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 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 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

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

protected content JCT Tax Expenditure Report Demonstrates Risk to Benefits

On August 5, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) released its tax expenditure report for 2014 through 2018. The tax expenditure report discusses and assesses forgone federal tax revenue values for the tax rules that exempt taxpayers from (or allow them to defer into the future) otherwise taxable income. … More

protected content Representative Tiberi Introduces Frozen Plans/Nondiscrimination Testing Relief Legislation

On July 31, 2014, Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH), introduced H.R. 5381, which would provide relief from ongoing nondiscrimination testing for frozen defined benefit plans, subject to certain conditions. … More

protected content Ways and Means Chairman Camp Unveils Tax Reform Discussion Draft

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) earlier today released a “discussion draft” of his tax reform proposal. The proposal aims to broaden the tax base in order to cut and streamline the federal income tax rates for individuals and companies.… More

protected content Senator Harkin Introduces USA Retirement Funds Act

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), along with Senator Brown (D-OH), on January 30 introduced the USA Retirement Funds Act. ERIC has been working with Senator Harkin’s staff on various provisions of this bill, especially the provisions involving hybrid plan clarifications … More

protected content Senator Hatch Legislation Includes Significant Pension Reforms

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on July 9 introduced legislation that would make extensive reforms to both private and public retirement plan rules. … More

protected content Senate Finance Releases Option Paper on Retirement & Health Tax Expenditure Changes under Tax Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee released its “options” paper on retirement and health policy changes and tax reform. This is option paper number 7 in a series that the Senate Finance Committee has released as a result of its meetings with members and staff on options to consider under tax reform by subject matter.… More

protected content Representative Neal Reintroduces Retirement Simplification Legislation

This week, Representative Neal (D-MA) introduced The Retirement Plan Simplification and Enhancement Act of 2013. This bill is a reintroduction of H.R. 4050 from last year, with some changes. … More

protected content JCT Issues Report on Ways and Means Working Groups on Tax Reform

The Joint Committee on Taxation released its 568-page report on “Present Law and Suggestions for Reform Submitted to the Tax Reform Working Groups” on May 6th. In February 2013, the Ways and Means Committee created 11 Working Groups – each assigned a designated area of the tax code – in order to review current tax law and ideas for tax reform.… More

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Letters to Agencies

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 Supports PBGC’s Efforts to Create Missing Participant Program for 401(k) and Similar Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), along with the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) today submitted comments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) supporting the agency’s efforts to implement a missing participants program in 401(k) and similar plans. … More

ERIC Urges Flexibility on Lifetime Income Disclosures

ERIC submitted comments today to the Department of Labor (DOL) recommending that it provide employers with flexibility regarding lifetime income disclosures. … More

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Letters to Congress

Letter to Congress Supporting Enhancing Retirement Security

Today, ERIC sent a joint letter to Congress stating our support for the passage of retirement legislation during this Congress to enhance retirement security in America… More

ERIC’s Letter to U.S. Senate on Lifetime Income Disclosure Act

We strongly support the Retirement Enhancement & Savings Act (RESA), and encourage you to advance this legislation in the Omnibus package currently being debated-with one critical modification relating to the Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) mandate… 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

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 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

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

ERIC as Part of CPR Coalition Writes to Chairman Camp on Tax Reform Draft

ERIC, as part of a coalition of trade associations (Coalition to Protect Retirement) focused on tax reform and retirement incentives, recently sent House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) a letter regarding his “discussion draft” on tax reform. … More

ERIC Joins Group Trade Association Letter on “Blank Slate” Approach to Tax Reform

ERIC recently joined a group of business trade associations on a letter to the Senate regarding the “blank slate” approach to tax reform, urging the lawmakers to preserve the current tax treatment related to retirement savings.… More

ERIC Urges Ways & Means Committee Working Group to Proceed with Caution on Any Tax Reform Changes to Employer Retirement System

In a letter submitted today to the House Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Reform Working Group on Pensions and Retirement, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the policymakers to proceed with caution when considering any possible changes to the nation’s very successful voluntary employer-provided retirement system.… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Supports Congress on Efforts to Enhance Retirement Security

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the Family Savings Act was passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee and encourages its passage out of the U.S. House of Representatives… More

ERIC to Work with Trump Administration to Enhance Retirement Security

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the Trump Administration for today’s executive order promoting programs that enhance retirement security and expanding access to workplace retirement savings plans for American workers… More

The ERISA Industry Committee Files Lawsuit Against Oregon

ERIC has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon against the Oregon Retirement Savings Board for obstructing federal law. In the complaint, ERIC is requesting an injunction against only the reporting requirement OregonSaves imposes on employers that already provide a retirement plan… 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

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

U.S. Senate Protects Employer-Sponsored Retirement Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the United States Senate adopted resolution 67 fully repealing the Department of Labor rules that allowed local governments to enact mandatory retirement plans that do not comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. These rules were overly broad and enabled local governments to infringe on retirement plans already offered by employers… More

Lifetime Income Language Should be Voluntary, Not Required

ERIC applauds the Senate Finance Committee for focusing on retirement security in America. While we are grateful that the Chairman’s mark includes provisions to expand automatic enrollment, we are extremely concerned that the mark includes a mandate to include lifetime income language on retirement plan statements, which will only drive up costs to administer a plan and lead to confusion among participants… More

ERIC Responds to House GOP’s Tax Reform Policy Paper

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) appreciates the U.S. House of Representatives’ Republican Tax Reform Task Force for recognizing the importance of retirement savings in America… More

ERIC Statement on Retirement Proposals in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

Annette Guarisco Fildes, President & CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee, the leading trade association dedicated exclusively to the employee benefit and compensation interests of America’s largest companies, today made the following statement in reaction to the retirement proposals included in President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget. … 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

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

ERIC Expresses Concern with Ways & Means Committee Chairman Camp’s Tax Reform Discussion Draft

ERIC President and CEO Scott Macey today made the following statement in response to the release of a tax reform “discussion draft” by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI)… More

ERIC Supports PBGC’s Efforts to Create Missing Participant Program for 401(k) and Similar Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), along with the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) today submitted comments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) supporting the agency’s efforts to implement a missing participants program in 401(k) and similar plans. … More

ERIC Urges Flexibility on Lifetime Income Disclosures

ERIC submitted comments today to the Department of Labor (DOL) recommending that it provide employers with flexibility regarding lifetime income disclosures. … More

ERIC Urges Ways & Means Committee Working Group to Proceed with Caution on Any Tax Reform Changes to Employer Retirement System

In a letter submitted today to the House Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Reform Working Group on Pensions and Retirement, The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urged the policymakers to proceed with caution when considering any possible changes to the nation’s very successful voluntary employer-provided retirement system.… More

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Testimony

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 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 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

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