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Aon Hewitt Washington Report Index

Aon Hewitt Washington Report Index 2016


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Weekly legislative updates affecting the U.S. workforce and workplace.

Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/21/16
  • Congress Adjourns for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • House Approves Bill to Overturn “Midnight Regulations”; Senate Passage Unlikely
  • IRS Extends Due Dates for Certain Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements
  • PBGC Releases FY 2016 Annual Report; Shows Increased Deficit in Multiemployer Insurance Program
  • Fall 2016 Regulatory Agendas Released
  • USCIS Publishes Final Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs
  • DOL's Final Regulations on Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/14/16
  • Congress Returns to Hill for Lame-Duck Session
  • CMS Announces 2017 Medicare Premiums, Coinsurance, and Deductibles
  • The People Have Spoken—Now What?
  • Post-U.S. Election Webinar: What Donald Trump's Presidency Could Mean for Employers' Health Care Strategies
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/7/16
  • Congress Adjourned; Returns in November
  • IRS Releases Notice on Insured and Self-Insured Health Plans; Adjusted Applicable Dollar Amount for Fee Imposed by Sections 4375 and 4376
  • IRS Releases Guidance on Pension Equity Plans
  • Agencies Release Advance Copies of 2016 Form 5500 Annual Return/Report
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/31/16
  • Congress Adjourned; Returns in November
  • Departments Release Final Regulations on Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
  • FAQs Issued on Tobacco Cessation Intervention, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act
  • PBGC Announces Guarantee Limits for Single-Employer Plans
  • IRS 2017 Official Indexed Figures for Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefit Plans; 401(k) Contribution Limit Remains Unchanged at $18,000 for 2017
  • DOL Releases Fiduciary Rule Guidance Focusing on Conflict of Interest Exemptions
  • IRS Provides 2017 Inflation Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Limits for Employee Fringe Benefits; Some Tax Benefits Increase Slightly, Others Unchanged
  • IRS 2017 Official Indexed Figures for Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefit Plans
  • IRS Issues Inflation-Adjusted Limits for 2017
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
  • IRS Finalizes Instructions for 2016 Forms 1094-C and 1095-C
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/24/16
  • Congress Adjourns; Returns in November
  • Departments Release FAQ on Affordable Care Implementation; Student Health Plan Coverage
  • PBGC Announces 2017 Premium Rates for Single-Employer and Multiemployer Plans
  • Social Security Administration Releases 2017 Indexed Figures; Announces 0.3% Benefit Increase
  • DOL Issues Final Paid Sick Leave Regulations Under Presidential Executive Order
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/17/16
  • Congress Adjourns; Returns in November
  • 2017 Indexed Figures for Retirement Plans and Social Security to Be Released Soon
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/10/16
  • Congress Adjourns; Returns in November
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/03/16
  • Congress Adjourns; Returns in November
  • Continuing Resolution to Fund Government Through December 9 Enacted
  • House Passes Bill Delaying Overtime Rule Implementation for Six Months
  • IRS Updates EPCRS Program in Lieu of Determination Letter Changes
  • DOL Issues Final Regulations Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
  • EEOC to Collect Summary Pay Data Beginning March 2018; New EEO-1 Form Released
  • IRS Releases 2016-2017 Special Per Diem Rates
  • EEOC Releases New Online Resource Center for Small Businesses
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 9/26/16
  • PBGC Issues Final Regulations on Payment of Premiums; Late Payment Penalty Relief
  • PBGC Releases Proposed Regulations Expanding Support for Missing Participants in Terminated Plans; Asks for Comments on Changes
  • IRS Announces Extension of Temporary Nondiscrimination Relief for Closed Defined Benefit Plans Through 2017
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 9/19/16
  • House Passes Bill Requiring Regulatory Transparency
  • IRS Requests Comments on Facilitating Compliance with Qualified Plan Document Requirements
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 9/12/16
  • IRS Publishes Final Regulations for Partial Annuity Distribution Options Under Defined Benefit Pension Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 9/6/16
  • Congress Returns From Summer Recess
  • HHS, CMS Release Proposed Regulations on 2018 Benefit and Payment Parameters
  • IRS Releases 2017 Static Mortality Tables for Defined Benefit Plans
  • EEOC Issues Final Guidance on Employer Retaliation
  • IRS Finalizes Regulations on Definition of Marriage
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 8/29/16
  • Congress Adjourned for Summer Recess
  • IRS Provides New Self-Certification Procedure for Delayed Rollovers
  • DOL, FAR Council Issue Final Regulations, Guidance on Executive Order 13673, "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces"
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 8/22/16
  • Congress Adjourned for Summer Recess
  • Treasury and IRS Publish 2016–2017 Priority Guidance Plan; Issue Fourth-Quarter Update to 2015–2016 Priority Guidance Plan
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 8/8/16
  • Congress Adjourned for Summer Recess
  • IRS Issues Draft Instructions for Affordable Care Act Reporting for 2016
  • Annual EEO-1 Surveys Due by September 30
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 8/1/16
  • Congress Adjourned for Summer Recess
  • IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Minimum Essential Coverage Reporting
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 7/25/16
  • Congress Adjourned for Summer Recess
  • Democratic National Convention Convenes This Week
  • EEOC Issues Religious Discrimination Fact Sheet for Young Workers and Announces Additional Anti-Discrimination Measures
  • Proposed Premium Tax Credit Regulations Adopt IRS’s Affordability Treatment of Opt-Out Credits
  • IRS Revenue Procedure 2016-37: An Overhaul to the IRS Determination Letter Program
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 7/18/16
  • Congress Adjourns for Summer Recess
  • Republican National Convention Convenes This Week; Democratic Convention Follows Week of July 25
  • IRS Releases Affordable Care Act Reporting Draft Forms (1094-C; 1095-C)
  • Agencies Release Proposal to Improve, Modernize Form 5500 Annual Return/Report Filed by Employee Benefit Plans
  • DOL Issues Final Regulations on Overtime
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 7/11/16
  • House Passes Bill Addressing HSAs and FSAs; President Will Veto
  • Treasury, IRS Release Proposed Regulations on Premium Tax Credit
  • IRS Issues Revenue Procedure Limiting Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans
  • Departments Issue Proposed Regulations on Expatriate Health Plans, Excepted Benefits, Short-Term Limited-Duration Insurance, and Amended Essential Health Benefits Definition
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 6/27/16
  • Small Business Health Care Relief Bill Passed by House
  • IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
  • 2016 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports Now Available; Project Medicare Part A Fund Will Be Depleted by 2028
  • EEOC Issues Sample Wellness Notice
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 6/20/16
  • IRS Releases Guidance Regarding Phased Retirement Taxation for Contributory Defined Benefit Plans
  • IRS Issues Additional Transition Relief for WOTC
  • EEOC Releases Sample Notice and Q&As For Employers Offering Wellness Programs
  • EEOC Releases Three Resource Documents Focusing on Rights of Women in the Workplace
  • OFCCP Announces Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors
  • HHS Nondiscrimination Rules Impact Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 6/13/16
  • President Obama Vetoes Resolution Prohibiting Fiduciary Rule From Taking Effect
  • Departments Issue Proposed Regulations on Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Issuers, and Qualified Expatriates; Excepted Benefits; Lifetime and Annual Limits; and Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance
Aon Hewitt Washington Report - 6/06/16
  • PBGC Issues Proposed Rule on Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report - 5/31/16
  • Senate Approves Resolution Prohibiting Fiduciary Rule From Taking Effect
  • Now Available: Final Fiduciary Regulations – Overview for Plan Sponsors
  • Webinar Opportunity: “A Deep Dive Into ERISA’s Fiduciary Regulations – What Do They Mean for Plan Sponsors?”
Aon Hewitt Washington Report - 5/23/16
  • Spring 2016 Semiannual Regulatory Agendas Released
  • DOL Announces Final Overtime Rule
  • Now Available: Final Fiduciary Regulations – Overview for Plan Sponsors
  • Webinar Opportunity: “A Deep Dive Into ERISA’s Fiduciary Regulations – What Do They Mean for Plan Sponsors?”
  • EEOC Issues Final Wellness Program Rules Under ADA and GINA
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 5/16/16
  • EEOC Issues Final Regulations on How Wellness Programs Can Comply With GINA and ADA
  • HHS Releases Final Anti-Discrimination Health Care Rule
  • PBGC Releases Interim Final Rule on Adjustment of Civil Penalties
  • EEOC Releases Information on Employer-Provided Leave and the ADA
  • Departments Release Thirty-First Set of Frequently Asked Questions
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 5/09/16
  • EEOC Releases Fact Sheet on Transgender Bathroom Access Rights
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 5/2/16
  • House Approves Resolution Prohibiting Fiduciary Rule From Taking Effect
  • PBGC Proposes Rule to Lower Premium Penalties
  • Treasury, IRS Release Third Quarter Update to 2015–2016 Priority Guidance Plan
  • DOL Releases New FMLA Employer Guidebook and Revised Notice Poster
  • IRS Issues 2017 HSA Limits
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 4/25/16
  • Departments Issue FAQs on Affordable Care Act; Include Mental Health Parity and Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act Implementation
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 4/18/16
  • Treasury, IRS Announce Withdrawal of Proposed Nondiscrimination Rules Applicable to Certain Qualified Retirement Plan Benefit Formulas
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 4/11/16
  • New Version of Summary of Benefits and Coverage Finalized
  • DOL Releases Final Rule on Definition of the Term “Fiduciary”; Conflict of Interest
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 4/4/16
  • USCIS Instructs Employers to Continue Using Current Form I-9
  • USCIS Publishes 30-Day Notice Inviting Comment on Proposed Changes to Form I-9
  • Departments Issue Revised Proposed SBC Templates, Instructions, and Related Materials
  • HHS Launches 2016 Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 3/28/16
  • Congressional Calendar
  • PBGC Issues Final Rule on Annual Financial and Actuarial Information Reporting
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 3/21/16
  • IRS Invites Public Comment for 2016-2017 Priority Guidance Plan
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 3/14/16
  • Departments Issue FAQ on SBC Implementation Date
  • IRS Releases Memorandum on Tax Treatment of Retroactive Transit Benefits
  • IRS Provides Guidance and Transition Relief for Employers Claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  • EEOC Issues New Fact Sheet for Small Businesses
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 3/7/16
  • IRS Releases Chart of 2016 Health Coverage Information Return Deadlines
  • CMS Issues Final Regulations on 2017 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters
  • IRS Clarifies Compliance Questions Plan Sponsors Should Not Answer on Forms 5500
  • DOL Proposes Sick Leave Rules for Federal Contractors
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 2/29/16
  • DOL Issues Proposed Regulations on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
  • Colleges and Universities Have Until 2017 to Revise Noncompliant Student Health Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 2/22/16
  • 2016 Covered Compensation Tables Released by IRS
  • IRS Instructs Plan Sponsors to Not Answer Compliance Questions on Forms 5500
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 2/15/16
  • President Proposes Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 2/8/16
  • President Obama to Release 2017 Budget
  • IRS Issues Guidance on the Application of the Market Reforms and Other Provisions of the Affordable Care Act to Student Health Coverage
  • EEOC Releases Proposed Changes to EEO-1 Report
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 2/1/16
  • President Obama to Release 2017 Budget
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Health Insurance Providers Fee; Procedural and Administrative Guidance
  • IRS Issues Proposed Rules on Nondiscrimination Relief for Closed Defined Benefit Pension Plans and Additional Changes to the Retirement Plan Nondiscrimination Requirements
  • IRS Provides Guidance on Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor Plans
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar—Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2016
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/28/16
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar - Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2016
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 1/25/16
  • DOL Issues Administrator’s Interpretation on Joint Employment
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 1/18/16
  • President Obama Delivers Final State of the Union Address: “I Want to Focus on Our Future”
  • IRS Releases Five Affordable Care Act Facts for ALEs
  • IRS Issues Notice on Application of Retroactive Increase in Excludable Transit Benefits
  • Treasury and IRS Issue Q&As on Affordable Care Act’s Group Market Reforms and HRAs, FSAs, Flex Plans, COBRA, and Opt-Outs
  • Agencies Issue Final Rules for Affordable Care Act's Group Market Reforms and Grandfathered Health Plans
  • 2016 Medicare Part D Disclosure Reminder
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 1/11/16
  • Presidential State of the Union Address Scheduled for January 12, 2016
  • President Vetoes Bill That Would Have Repealed Much of Affordable Care Act
  • IRS Extends Due Dates for 2015 Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Requirements
  • PBGC Releases Second Annual Report of the Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate
  • PBGC: My PAA Ready for 2016 Premium Filings
  • IRS Releases Notice on Revisions to the Employee Plans Determination Letter Program Regarding Cycle A Elections, Determination Letter Expiration Dates, and Extension of Deadlines for Certain Defined Contribution Pre-Approved Plans
  • IRS Releases Additional Information Regarding Federal Tax Treatment of Identity Protection Services
  • IRS Extends Due Dates for Affordable Care Act Reporting
  • Aon Hewitt Publications on Federal Developments in 2015