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2014 Aon Hewitt Washington Report Index


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

Aon Hewitt Washington Report 07/21/14
  • House Passes Transportation Bill; Includes Provisions for Pension Funding Stabilization
  • Departments Issue Preventive Services Guidance in Response to Hobby Lobby Decision
  • IRS Publishes Final Regulations on Truncated Taxpayer Identification Numbers
  • EEOC Issues Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination Under PDA and ADA
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 07/14/14
  • Congress Passes Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; President Expected to Sign Into Law
  • Final Regulations on Longevity Annuities Issued
  • PBGC Announces Moratorium on 4062(e) Enforcement for Facility Shutdowns or Sales
  • In Response to Bobrow Ruling, IRS Partially Withdraws Proposed Regulation on IRAs
  • Final Affordable Care Act Regulations on Orientation Period Issued
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/30/14
  • Congress Adjourned; Will Return After Fourth of July Holiday
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on Small Employer Health Care Insurance Credit
  • Proposed Regulations on Individuals' Eligibility to Re-Enroll in Coverage Through Exchanges Released by CMS
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules Contraceptive Mandate as Applied to Closely Held Corporations Unlawful
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/23/14
  • Congress in Session; Recess Scheduled for Fourth of July Holiday
  • Health Care Reform: Agencies Release Final Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation
  • IRS Updates 401(k) Fix-It Guide; Includes 2013 Plan Qualification Changes
  • PBGC Updates MyPBA Website
  • DOL Issues Regulations Revising Definition of Spouse Under FMLA
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/16/14
  • Congress in Session; Recess Scheduled for Fourth of July Holiday
  • DOL Releases Proposed Regulations on Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors
  • Nonstatutory Stock Options and Stock-Settled Stock Appreciation Rights Exempt From 457A
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/09/14
  • Congress in Session; Recess Scheduled for Fourth of July Holiday
  • FAQ Released on Qualified Health Plans and Guaranteed Availability Standards
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/02/14
  • Spring 2014 Semiannual Regulatory Agendas Released
  • It’s Time for Spring Cleaning: Agencies Provide Needed Cleanup on COBRA, CHIP, Health FSA Rollovers, and Group Market Reforms
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/27/14
  • IRS Announces Pilot Penalty Relief Program for Small Retirement Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/19/14
  • HHS Releases Final Regulations on Exchanges and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond
  • CMS Issues Frequently Asked Questions on Health Insurance Market Reforms and Exchange Standards
  • Safe Harbor Plans May Adopt Midyear Windsor Amendments
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/12/14
  • Plan Payments for Health Insurance Premiums Are Taxable Per IRS Final Regulations
  • IRS Establishes One-Year Temporary Pilot Penalty Relief Program
  • IRS Provides Relief From Late Filer Penalties for Certain Employee Benefit Plans
  • IRS Issues Guidance to Employers Funding Retiree Health Benefits Through Wholly Owned Subsidiary
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/05/14
  • House Approves Expatriate Health Care Reform Bill; Senate Unlikely to Consider
  • Eight Million Enrolled in Exchanges; HHS Releases Summary Enrollment Report
  • Government Issues Guidance on the Availability of Exchange Coverage to Workers Eligible for COBRA; Includes FAQ, Clarifying Bulletin, and Proposed Regulations
  • Guidance on Affordable Care Act Provisions on Preventive Services, Cost-Sharing, Health FSAs, and SBCs
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on Information Reporting for Exchanges
  • PBGC Issues Final Regulations on Limitations on Guaranteed Benefits; Plant Shutdown
  • IRS Provides 403(b) Plan Checklist and Fix-It Guide
  • Mid-Year Retirement Savings Checkup: IRS Offers Sample Article for Organizations and Employers
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/28/14
  • Congress Reconvenes
  • 2015 HSA Limits Issued by IRS
  • PCIP Coverage Ends April 30: 60-Day Special Enrollment Period Policy for Enrollees Is Announced
  • PBGC: Revisions to Standard Determination, Distress Termination, and Missing Participants Forms and Instructions
  • IRS Releases Third Quarter Update to the 2013-2014 Priority Guidance
  • Veterans Employment Center Launches
  • IRS Issues 2015 HSA Limits
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/21/14
  • Congress Adjourned
  • Final Guidance on Transitional Reinsurance Fees for 2014 and Fee Set for 2015
  • Treasury and IRS Issue Final Regulations for Reporting Compliance With Affordable Care Act Mandates
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 04/16/14
  • Treasury and IRS Issue Final Regulations for Reporting Compliance With Affordable Care Act Mandates
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/14/14
  • President Obama Issues Two Executive Actions on Pay Discrimination and Equal Pay Laws for Federal Contractors
  • House Passes Fiscal 2015 Budget; Senate Passage Unlikely
  • Senate Passes Bill Exempting Volunteer Emergency Workers From Affordable Care Act Mandate; Includes Extension of Long-Term UI Benefits and Pension Smoothing Provisions
  • Congress Adjourns
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Health FSA Carryover and HSA Eligibility
  • In Perfect Harmony—IRS Clarifies Health FSA Carryover Impact on Eligibility to Contribute to an HSA
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 04/10/14
  • In Perfect Harmony—IRS Clarifies Health FSA Carryover Impact on Eligibility to Contribute to an HSA
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/07/14
  • President Obama Signs Into Law Bill Providing One-Year Patch for Medicare Physician Pay Rates
  • House Approves Bill Changing the Definition of Full-Time Employment to 40 Hours for Affordable Care Act
  • HHS Announces It Can Now Process Certain Medicare Requests for Eligible Individuals in Same-Sex Marriages
  • Treasury and IRS Release Guidance on the Application of United States v. Windsor to Qualified Retirement Plans
  • PBGC Issues Proposed Regulations on Treatment of Rollovers from Defined Contribution Plans to Defined Benefit Plans
  • IRS Issues Revenue Ruling on Rollovers to Qualified Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/31/14
  • House Approves Bill Providing One-Year Patch for Medicare Physician Pay Rates; Senate to Consider Today
  • Deadline for Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Extended
  • IRS Issues Guidance on Reporting Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Providers Fee for Expatriate Health Plans
  • IRS Announces Defined Contribution Pre-approved Plans Application Acceptance Period
  • IRS Extends Application Deadline for Section 403(b) Opinion and Advisory Letters
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/24/14
  • IRS Issues Announcement on Application of One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers
  • IRS Asks for Public Comment on 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan
  • IRS Releases Maximum Vehicle Values for 2014 for Use of Vehicle Cents-Per-Mile and Fleet Average Valuation Rules
  • New Recruitment Database for Contractors Launched by OFCCP
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/17/14
  • House Passes Doc Fix Bill, Includes Individual Mandate Delay
  • House Passes Three Bills Providing Affordable Care Act Exemptions
  • HHS, CMS Issue FAQ and Clarify Coverage of Same-Sex Spouses as Part of Affordable Care Act
  • Proposed Regulations and Documents Related to Affordable Care Act: Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond
  • Affordable Care Act: CMS Issues Interim Final Rule on Third Party Payment of QHPs
  • Administration Extends PCIP Deadline One Month to April 30
  • IRS Encourages Small Employers to Investigate Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
  • DOL, EBSA Issue Proposed Regulations Requiring Guide to Assist Plan Fiduciaries in Reviewing Disclosures
  • DOL, EBSA Request Comments on Evaluating the Effectiveness of 408(b)(2) Disclosure Requirements
  • President Issues Memo Instructing DOL to Modernize Overtime Regulations
  • EEOC and FTC Publish Technical Assistance Documents on Background Checks, Religious Dress
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/10/14
  • President Obama Releases 2015 Budget
  • House Passes Bill Delaying Individual Mandate Penalty Until 2015; Senate Passage Unlikely
  • HHS Grants Two-Year Extension for Noncompliant Plans
  • CMS Releases Final Regulations on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015
  • Treasury and IRS Publish Final Regulations on Information Reporting by Large Employers on Health Insurance Coverage Under Employer-Sponsored Plans
  • Treasury and IRS Issue Final Regulations on Information Reporting of Minimum Essential Coverage
  • CMS Issues Final Regulations and Methodology for Basic Health Program
  • IRS Provides Instructions for Form 8963, Report of Health Insurer Provider Information
  • Departments Request Comments on Affordable Care Act Nondiscrimination Rules
  • PBGC Releases Final Regulations on Premium Rules and Reducing Regulatory Burden
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/03/14
  • President Obama to Release 2015 Budget
  • The Wait Is Over—Government Issues Final Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/24/14
  • Congress Reconvenes
  • Departments Issue Final and Proposed Regulations on Affordable Care Act’s 90-Day Waiting Period
  • IRS Publishes FAQs for Employee Plans Team Audit Program
  • IRS Eases Employers Into Employer Mandate
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 02/21/14
  • IRS Eases Employers Into Employer Mandate
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/17/14
  • President Signs Debt Ceiling Bill Into Law
  • Congress Not in Session This Week
  • Treasury and IRS Release Final Employer Shared Responsibility Regulations; Employer Mandate for Businesses With 50-99 Employees Delayed
  • Aon Hewitt Reports: Retirement Savings Proposals—Summary of Key Provisions
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 02/11/14
  • Retirement Savings Proposals—Summary of Key Provisions
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/10/14
  • Congress Scheduled to Recess Next Week
  • President Obama to Release 2015 Budget
  • Now Available: 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook and 2013 Year in Review
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 02/04/14
  • Now Available: 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Outlook and 2013 Year in Review
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/03/14
  • President Obama Delivers 2014 State of the Union Address; Calls for a “Year of Action”
  • Second Quarter Update to 2013-2014 Priority Guidance Plan Released by IRS
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar?Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2014
  • Medicare Part D Disclosure Reminder
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/30/14
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar?Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2014
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/27/14
  • Congress Returns From Break
  • Presidential State of the Union Address Scheduled for January 28, 2014
  • President Obama to Release 2015 Budget
  • IRS Issues Proposed Regulations and Relief Guidance on Shared Responsibility Payment Under Affordable Care Act
  • IRS Extends On-Cycle Application Deadline to February 2, 2015 for Defined Benefit Mass-Submitter Providers
  • Into the Woods—Latest Round of FAQs Addresses Details of Cost Sharing, Wellness, Preventive Services, and Transitional Reinsurance Fee
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/23/14
  • Into the Woods—Latest Round of FAQs Addresses Details of Cost Sharing, Wellness, Preventive Services, and Transitional Reinsurance Fee
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/20/14
  • President Signs Spending Bill Into Law; Government Funded Through September 30, 2014
  • House Passes Disclosure Bill Requiring Weekly Reports on Exchanges; Senate Passage Unlikely
  • Congress Not in Session This Week; Returns January 27, 2014
  • Presidential State of Union Address Scheduled for January 28, 2014
  • HHS Extends PCIP Program Through March 31, 2014
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/13/14
  • House Passes Bill Requiring Government to Report Data Breaches in Health Exchanges
  • Departments Release 18th Set of FAQs on Affordable Care Act Addressing Number of Provisions, Including Mental Health Parity
  • Yes, Employers, There Is an Escape Clause!—Christmas Eve Guidance Exempts Some EAPs and Limited Scope Dental and Vision Plans From HIPAA and Affordable Care Act
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/07/14
  • Yes, Employers, There Is an Escape Clause!—Christmas Eve Guidance Exempts Some EAPs and Limited Scope Dental and Vision Plans From HIPAA and Affordable Care Act
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/06/14
  • Congress Reconvenes
  • President Obama Signs Budget Deal Into Law
  • PBGC Releases Final Regulations on Payment of Large-Plan Flat-Rate Premium; Moves Due Date to October 15


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