EBIA Weekly Newsletter

IRS Announces Temporary Unavailability of Application Process for Transmitter Control Codes


   June 29, 2017

IRS QuickAlerts Bulletin (June 22, 2017) Available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USIRS/bulletins/1a49064 The IRS has announced that changes to its e-Services platform will temporarily affect applications for the transmitter control code (TCC) used to access the Affordable Care Act Information Returns (AIR) Program. The AIR Program is the IRS’s system for accepting electronic filing … Read More


Claim for Benefits Does Not Preclude Additional ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claim


   June 29, 2017

Hancock v Aetna Life Ins. Co., 2017 WL 1710968 (W.D. Wash. 2017) After her claim for benefits under her employer’s long-term disability (LTD) plan was denied, this participant sued for the benefits and for breach of fiduciary duty. Her fiduciary breach claim asserted various defects in the plan’s claim procedures, including an unreasonable delay in … Read More


Form 5500 Filings for Health & Welfare Plans: EBIA Workbook and Webinar  


   June 22, 2017

Penalties for Form 5500 failures—already some of the toughest in benefits law—have increased significantly in the past year, making careful compliance a must for plan sponsors, service providers, and advisors. The regular Form 5500 filing deadline for calendar-year plans is just around the corner. Let EBIA help you stay on top of the rules! Read More


Ninth Circuit: ERISA Does Not Preempt California Law Voiding Discretionary Clauses


   June 22, 2017

Orzechowski v. Boeing Co. Non-Union Long-Term Disability Plan, 856 F.3d 686 (9th Cir. 2017) Available at http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/05/11/14-55919.pdf The Ninth Circuit has weighed in on a California law barring enforcement of discretionary clauses for certain types of benefit coverage. A plan participant sued following denial of her claim for continued long-term disability … Read More