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Aon Hewitt Weekly reports on legislative updates affecting the U.S. workforce and workplace.

2015 Aon Hewitt Washington Report Index


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

Aon Hewitt Washington Report 12/21/15
  • Next Washington Report Will Be Published January 11, 2016
  • Cadillac Tax Delayed for Two Years Under Omnibus Appropriations Legislation
  • Presidential State of the Union Address Scheduled for January 12, 2016
  • IRS Releases Notice on Various Provisions of Affordable Care Act Related to Employer-Provided Health Coverage
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on Minimum Value of Eligible Employer-Sponsored Plans and Other Rules Regarding Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit
  • IRS Announces 2016 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical, and Moving
  • Provision in New Law Delays Health Plan “Cadillac Tax” and Advanced Medical Devices Tax
  • IRS to Employers—Obergefell Requires Plan Review, But No Action (Depending on What You Find
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 12/14/15
  • President Signs Short-Term Funding Bill Into Law; Extends Government Funding Through December 16
  • PBGC Releases Risk Transfer Events Study; One Million People Affected
  • PBGC Launches New E-Filing Portal
  • Retirement Plans Not Required to Make Additional Changes After Obergefell for Federal Tax Law Purposes
  • IRS Issues Final Hybrid Plan Transition Regulations
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 12/07/15
  • Senate Passes Bill Repealing Most of Affordable Care Act; President Vows to Veto
  • Highway Funding Law Repealed Additional Month for Form 5500 Filing Extension
  • PBGC Updates Table for Calculating Value of Pension Benefits of Terminating Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plans
  • USCIS Asks for Comments on Proposed Changes to Form I-93
  • 2016 Limits for Benefit Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/23/15
  • HHS Releases Proposed Regulations on 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters
  • 2015 Annual Report Released by PBGC
  • Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agendas Released
  • Microhistory of Employee Benefits and Compensation, 1636-2015
  • DOL Serves Up Revised Disability Claims and Appeals Procedures—But Employers Give Thanks That No Action Needed Yet
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/16/15
  • Departments Issue Final Regulations Codifying Previous Affordable Care Act Regulations
  • CMS Announces 2016 Medicare Premiums, Coinsurance, and Deductibles
  • IRS Reminds Employees to Plan for 2016 FSA Allocations
  • IRS Releases Final Regulations on Hybrid Retirement Plans; Market Rate of Return
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/09/15
  • President Signs Two-Year Budget Bill With Employee Benefit Provisions Into Law
  • PCORI Fee Increases to $2.17 per Covered Life
  • EEOC Proposes GINA Regulations on Wellness Programs
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 11/02/15
  • Congress Approves Two-Year Budget Bill; Includes Employee Benefit Provisions
  • House Passes Bill That Would Stop DOL From Finalizing Fiduciary Rule
  • EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act; Amends Employer Wellness Programs
  • PBGC Announces Maximum Insurance Benefit Level for 2016
  • IRS Releases First Quarter Update to the 2015–2016 Priority Guidance Plan
  • New FAQs Offer Guidance on Wellness, Mental Health, and Preventive Services
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/26/15
  • House Passes Reconciliation Bill Repealing Affordable Care Act Provisions
  • Departments Release FAQs on Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity Implementation
  • CMS Issues FAQs on PACE Act
  • PBGC Announces 2016 Premium Rates for Single-Employer and Multiemployer Plans
  • IRS Announces 2016 Official Indexed Figures for Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefit Plans
  • EBSA Issues Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments
  • PBGC Adds New Data Sets to Open Government Web Page
  • IRS Provides 2016 Inflation Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Limits for Employee Fringe Benefits
  • Same-Sex Marriages Would Be Included in Definition of Marriage Under IRS Proposed Regulations
  • OFCCP Offers Reasonable Accommodation Pocket Card
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/19/15
  • Social Security Administration Releases 2016 Indexed Figures; No COLA for 2016
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/12/15
  • President Signs Bill Into Law That Revises Definition of Small Employer Under Affordable Care Act
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 10/05/15
  • President Signs Short-Term Funding Bill Into Law
  • Congress Approves Bill That Would Revise Definition of Small Employer Under Affordable Care Act; President Expected to Sign Into Law
  • IRS Releases Final Forms and Instructions for Affordable Care Act Reporting
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 09/28/15
  • IRS Launches Affordable Care Act Resource Center for Employers
  • CMS Releases FAQs Regarding the Exchanges’ 2016 Employer Notice Program
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 09/21/15
  • IRS, Treasury to Issue Rules on Information Reporting on Minimum Essential Coverage
  • IRS Issues Procedures for Requesting a Waiver of the Electronic Filing Requirements for Form 8955-SSA and Form 5500-EZ
  • IRS Announces 2015-2016 Special Per Diem Rates
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 09/14/15
  • PBGC Publishes Final Rules for Reportable Events and Certain Other Notification Requirements
  • OFCCP Announces Pay Transparency Final Rule
  • President Obama Signs Executive Order Mandating Paid Sick Days for Employees of Federal Contractors
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 09/08/15
  • Congress Returns From Recess
  • HHS Issues Anti-Discrimination Health Care Rule
  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on the Determination of Minimum Required Contributions for Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plans
  • President Issues Executive Order Requiring Federal Contractors to Provide Paid Sick Leave
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 08/31/15
  • Congress on August Recess
  • IRS Releases Supplemental Notice to Minimum Value Rules
  • DOL Seeks Comments on Working Women Survey
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 08/24/15
  • Congress on August Recess
  • IRS Releases Updated Affordable Care Act Forms and Instructions
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 08/17/15
  • Congress on August Recess
  • IRS Releases Regulations Removing the Automatic Extension of Time to File Certain Information Returns; Includes Some Affordable Care Act Forms
  • Departments Issue 28th Set of FAQs on Affordable Care Act;Transparency Reporting
  • IRS Updates Affordable Care Act Draft Forms, Instructions
  • IRS Announces it Will Not Treat Certain Identity Protection Services as Taxable
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 08/10/15
  • Congress on August Recess
  • SEC Adopts Long-Awaited Final Rule on Pay Ratio Disclosure
  • OFCCP Releases New Outreach and Education Poster
  • IRS Seeks More Comments on 40% Excise Tax
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 08/03/15
  • House Adjourns for Summer Recess; Senate to Follow Shortly
  • President Signs Short-Term Transportation Funding Measure Into Law; Includes Extension of Section 420 Transfers
  • House Passes Bill Requiring Congressional Approval for Regulations
  • IRS Publishes Second Notice on “Cadillac Tax”
  • CMS Updates Enrollment Guidance for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Spousal Abandonment
  • IRS Publishes 2016 Defined Benefit Pension Plan Mortality Tables
  • Treasury and IRS Publish 2015–2016 Priority Guidance Plan; Issue Fourth-Quarter Update to 2014–2015 Priority Guidance Plan
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 07/27/15
  • PBGC Releases Proposed Rule on Annual Financial and Actuarial Information Reporting; Changes to Waivers
  • IRS Announces Changes in Determination Letter Program for Employee Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 07/20/15
  • Highway Bill Passed by House Would Extend Section 420 Transfers of Excess Pension Assets
  • DOL Releases Administrator's Interpretation on Misclassified Employees
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 07/13/15
  • Trade Act Increases Information Reporting Penalties
  • Final Regulations Issued on Women's Preventive Services Coverage and Religious Objections
  • IRS Prohibits Pension Plans From Replacing Current Annuity Payments With Lump Sums
  • DOL Releases Proposed Rule on Overtime: Defining and Delimiting Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales, and Computer Employees
  • SEC Proposes Clawback Requirements Going Back Three Years
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/29/15
  • Congress Adjourned, Will Return After Fourth of July Holiday
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in Federal Exchange
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans Under 14th Amendment
  • Join Us for Aon Hewitt's Complimentary Webinar: The Impact of the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision
  • EEOC Issues Updated Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 06/26/15
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans Under 14th Amendment
  • Join Us for Aon Hewitt's Complimentary Webinar: The Impact of the Obergefell v. Hodges Decision
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 06/25/15
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act Subsidies in Federal Exchange
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/22/15
  • EBSA Publishes Notice of Hearings and Extension of Comment Period on Definition of Fiduciary, Conflict of Interest Rule
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/15/15
  • Departments Issue Final Regulations on Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary
  • IRS Expands Preapproved Program to Include ESOPs and Hybrid Plans
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/08/15
  • Departments Unite on Out-of-Pocket Maximum Limits, but Refrain From Further Guidance on Provider Nondiscrimination
  • Now Available: Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 06/01/15
  • Departments Release FAQs on Cost-Sharing and Provider Nondiscrimination
  • IRS Makes Permanent Penalty Relief Program for Some Late Filers of Form 5500
  • EBSA Publishes Plan Audit Quality Report
  • DOL Releases New FMLA Forms; Valid Through May 2018
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/26/15
  • IRS Posts New Guidance on Large Employer Reporting Under Affordable Care Act
  • Spring 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agendas Released
  • Agencies Issue More FAQs on Coverage of Preventive Services
  • HHS Reaffirms Position on Out-of-Pocket Maximum Limits
  • Guidance on Employer Payment Plans Questions Continued Use of Certain Opt-Out Credits
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/18/15
  • Latest Affordable Care Act FAQs Provide Guidance on Required Coverage of Contraceptives and Other Coverage of Preventive Services
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/11/15
  • Senate Approves Budget Resolution
  • CMS Publishes Maximum Out-of-Pocket Guidance Under Affordable Care Act
  • IRS Issues 2016 HSA Limits
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 05/04/15
  • House Passes Budget Resolution
  • SEC Approves Proposed Rule on Pay Versus Performance
  • Treasury, IRS Release Third Quarter Update to 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/27/15
  • EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Rules
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/20/15
  • President Signs Bill Repealing Sustainable Growth Rate Formula for Physicians Into Law
  • Departments Publish Additional Wellness Program Guidance; Report on Workplace Wellness Programs Released
  • EEOC Releases Proposed Regulations on Wellness
  • DOL Releases Proposed Rule on Definition of Fiduciary
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 04/06/15
  • Congress Adjourned
  • DOL, HHS, and Treasury Post FAQ on SBCs Required by Affordable Care Act
  • IRS Releases Additional Modifications to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/30/15
  • Congress Adjourns
  • House and Senate Pass 2016 Budget Resolutions
  • House Passes Bill Repealing Sustainable Growth Rate Formula for Physicians
  • IRS Updates Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/23/15
  • House Passes Bill Exempting Volunteer Responders From Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Requirements
  • Departments Publish Final Regulations on Excepted Benefits
  • IRS Provides Extension of Temporary Nondiscrimination Relief for Closed Defined Benefit Plans
  • EBSA Eases 401(k) Annual Disclosure Deadline
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/16/15
  • USCIS Publishes New Supplemental Guide for E-Verify
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/09/15
  • Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 03/02/15
  • Treasury, IRS Publish Notice on Excise Tax on High-Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage (“Cadillac” Tax)
  • Treasury, IRS Issue Regulations on Health Insurance Providers Fee
  • IRS Releases Guidance on User Fees and Change of Address for Submission of Applications for Approval of Section 403(b) Pre-Approved Plans
  • DOL Releases Final Rule on Definition of Spouse Under FMLA
  • IRS Asks for Comments on How to Calculate the 40% Excise Tax on High-Cost Group Health Plans
  • DOL Permits FMLA Leave for Same-Sex Spouses Under “Place of Celebration” Rule
  • Now Available: Outlook for Regulatory and Judicial Activity in 2015
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 02/24/15
  • Now Available: Outlook for Regulatory and Judicial Activity in 2015
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/23/15
  • CMS Releases Final Regulations on 2016 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters
  • IRS Publishes Penalty Relief for Small Employers
  • IRS Issues Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extension for 2014; Employers Have Until April 30 to Submit Required Form
  • Now Available: Retirement Legal Consulting and Compliance Quarterly Update
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/16/15
  • Departments Issue FAQ on Excepted Benefits
  • IRS Issues Fact Sheet on Employer Shared Responsibility Payments
  • IRS Publishes Proposed Revenue Procedure for Employee Consents
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/09/15
  • House Approves Bill Repealing Affordable Care Act
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 02/02/15
  • President Proposes Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
  • EBSA Publishes Final Regulations on Annual Funding Notice Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans
  • Treasury, IRS Release Second Quarter Update to 2014-2015 Priority Guidance Plan
  • OFCCP Issues Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar—Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2015
  • Now Available: 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Year in Review
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/29/15
  • Now Available: Aon Hewitt Compliance Calendar - Significant Compensation and Benefit Due Dates for 2015
Aon Hewitt Washington Report Special Edition 01/27/15
  • 2014 Legislative and Regulatory Year in Review
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/26/15
  • President Obama Delivers 2015 State of the Union Address; Stresses “Middle Class Economics”
  • President Obama to Release 2016 Budget
  • PBGC Announces Section 4062(e) Moratorium Ends; Posts Changes on Website
  • OFCCP Posts Two FAQs on Inviting Veteran Self-Identification and the New VETS-4212 Form
  • Medicare Part D Disclosure Reminder
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/19/15
  • Presidential State of the Union Address Scheduled for January 20, 2015
  • President Obama to Release 2016 Budget
  • House Passes Regulatory Accountability Act
  • Bill Exempting Volunteer Responders From Affordable Care Act Employee Threshold Passed by House
  • IRS Releases Guidance on Tax Credit for Employee Health Insurance Expenses for Certain Small Employers
  • DOL Issues Annual Funding Notice Guidance Reflecting HATFA
  • IRS Publishes Notice on Third-Party Sick Pay Recaps
  • Departments Propose Regulations Updating SBC Requirements
Aon Hewitt Washington Report 01/12/15
  • Presidential State of the Union Address Scheduled for January 20, 2015
  • President Obama to Release 2016 Budget
  • 114th Congress Convenes
  • Affordable Care Act: House Passes Bill Changing Definition of Full-Time Workweek to 40 Hours
  • House Passes Bill Exempting Veteran Hires From Employer Mandate Count
  • Departments Release Proposed Regulations on Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary
  • PBGC Posts Announcement About Section 4062(e) Changes; Moratorium on Enforcement of Section 4062(e) Cases Ending
  • IRS Announces Automatic Approval of Change in Funding Method for Takeover Plans
  • PBGC: First Annual Report of the Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate Released
  • IRS Publishes Guidance on the Application of Retroactive Increase in Excludable Transit Benefits

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