EBIA Weekly Newsletter

IRS Newsletter Highlights Disaster Relief, Form 5300 Changes, and Other Developments Affecting Retirement Plans


   January 4, 2018

IRS Newsletter: Employee Plans News (Dec. 2017) Available at https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans/employee-plans-news The December issue of Employee Plans News includes several topics of interest to 401(k) plan sponsors and their advisors, including the following: Disaster Relief. The IRS has created a webpage summarizing recent legislation that makes it easier for plan participants to … Read More


Must COBRA Notices Be Translated Into Languages Other Than English?


   January 4, 2018

QUESTION: Our company’s group health plan covers a number of participants for whom English is a second language. Do we have to provide COBRA notices in languages other than English? ANSWER: COBRA does not require notices to be translated into non-English languages for qualified beneficiaries who do not speak English (although the Read More


EBIA: Your Trusted Partner in Employee Benefits Compliance


   December 21, 2017

When you need a resource for the ongoing compliance questions that come across your desk, EBIA has what you need and trust. The EBIA Benefits Compliance Library covers the spectrum for employer-sponsored health and welfare, fringe benefit, and 401(k) plans—and our recorded web seminars help you focus on select issues facing you and your team. … Read More


HHS Seeks Comments on Limited Wraparound Coverage as an Excepted Benefit


   December 21, 2017

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request, 82 Fed. Reg. 59622 (Dec. 15, 2017) Available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-12-15/pdf/2017-27048.pdf HHS has issued a notice requesting comments on certain facets of offering limited wraparound coverage. The agencies issued final regulations in 2015 to add limited wraparound coverage—employer-sponsored coverage intended to supplement (i.e., wrap … Read More


Court Blocks Regulations Broadening Exemption From Contraceptive Coverage Mandate


   December 21, 2017

Pennsylvania v. Trump, 2017 WL 6398465 (E.D. Pa. 2017) A federal trial court has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the federal government from enforcing two interim final regulations issued in October 2017 that immediately expanded the exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement to provide certain contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing (see our Checkpoint Read More