Tag Archives: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Adding Value to Your Organization: Benefits Best Practices to Avoid Common Mistakes

In a recent webinar, Jake Mattinson and Sarah Raaii discussed the practices that benefits professionals can adopt to add value to their organizations and avoid common mistakes.  Jake and Sarah discussed recommended practices for ERISA benefit claims and inquiries, how to review plan compensation definitions and payroll codes, best practices for corrections using the Voluntary … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Church-Affiliated Hospitals in Church Plan Litigation

In a major victory for church-affiliated hospitals, the US Supreme Court overturned three appellate court rulings and decided unanimously that church-affiliated hospitals can maintain their pension plans as “church plans” exempt from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), regardless of whether a church actually established the plan. Impacted health systems, … Continue Reading

Proposed Changes to Form 5500 Reporting Requirements May Have Significant Impact on Retirement Plan Sponsors

On July 11, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced a proposal to implement sweeping changes to the forms and regulations that govern annual employee benefit plan reporting on Form 5500. The proposed changes, which were published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2016, … Continue Reading

Increase in PBGC Premiums Effective for 2017 and Later Years

President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Budget Act), which raised Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premium rates beginning in 2017. Background Single-employer defined benefit pension plans must pay annual premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the U.S. government agency that insures these plans. All single-employer defined … Continue Reading

Reportable Event Changes for Pension Plans Effective January 1, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) altered the reportable event rules for defined benefit pension plans. Although new PBGC regulations make electronic filing of all reportable event notices mandatory, the regulations also substantially reduce the reporting requirements for pension plan administrators, sponsors and contributing employers. Read the full article.… Continue Reading

Automatic Enrollment for Health Plans Has Been Repealed

Budget legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama on November 2, 2015, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, repeals the controversial automatic enrollment provision under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 18A of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), added by the ACA, directed employers with more than 200 full time employees to automatically enroll … Continue Reading

PBGC Coverage May No Longer Apply to Puerto Rico-Only Qualified Retirement Plans

Employers that sponsor defined benefit qualified retirement plans benefiting only Puerto Rico employees should be aware that Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) coverage may no longer apply.  Last year, the PBGC withdrew old prior opinion letters (Opinion Letters 77-172 and 85-19) regarding PBGC coverage in Puerto Rico and Guam.  Those opinion letters articulated the PBGC’s … Continue Reading

PBGC Intends to Monitor Lump-sum and Annuity Cashouts Under Defined Benefit Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) stated in a filing published in the Federal Register on September 23, 2014, that it intends to require that plan sponsors report to the PBGC “certain undertakings” to cashout or annuitize benefits for specified groups of employees under defined benefit pension plans.  PBGC intends to make this reporting part of the … Continue Reading

Senate Unanimously Approves Bill Modifying ERISA Section 4062(e)

On September 16, 2014, the United States Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 2511, which would amend Section 4062(e) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), to clarify the definition of substantial cessation of operations.  ERISA Section 4062(e) enables the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation to require that employers financially guarantee pension … Continue Reading

PBGC Announces 2014 Moratorium on ERISA Section 4062(e) Enforcement Actions

On July 8, 2014, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued a press release announcing a moratorium on its enforcement of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974(ERISA) Section 4062(e) through the end of 2014.  In general, ERISA Section 4062(e) allows PBGC to require that employers financially guarantee pension obligations in the form of plan … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Finds Jurisdiction Exists Over Foreign Parent in Pension Plan Liability Suit

by Michael T. Graham, Maureen O’Brien and Ashley McCarthy.    A recent federal district court decision defeats a long-standing assumption that a foreign corporate parent would not be subject to personal jurisdiction for a suit seeking payment of pension liabilities merely by acquiring a U.S. subsidiary. To read the full article, click here. … Continue Reading

PBGC Announces New Enforcement Approach that Reduces Impact of ERISA Section 4062(e) on Financially Sound Employers

The PBGC announced that it may lessen ERISA Section 4062(e) enforcement for employers in strong or moderately strong financial condition.  However, the PBGC will continue to enforce its prior Proposed Rule on ERISA Section 4062(e) liability. To read the full article, click here.… Continue Reading

Understanding Which Deadlines Are Extended by the Recent IRS Guidance for Hybrid Plans

by Anne S. Becker and Stephen Pavlick In October 2011, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2011-85 (Notice), announcing their intent to extend certain requirements applicable to hybrid pension plans such as cash balance plans.  Given the highly technical nature of cash balance plans and the related … Continue Reading

New PBGC Guidance Provides Premium Penalty Relief for Certain Late Payments and for Faulty Alternative Premium Funding Target Elections

by Maureen O’Brien and Patrick D. Ryan On September 14, 2011, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued a notice (Notice) that provides relief to pension plans from penalties associated with certain late payment of premiums and situations involving the failure to properly elect the alternative premium funding target (APFT) to calculate the variable rate … Continue Reading

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Issues Final Rule on Termination Dates for Pension Plans of Bankrupt Sponsors

by Alan D. Nesburg, PC and Maureen O’Brien On June 14, 2011, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued final regulations that apply to single-employer pension plans maintained by employers in bankruptcy. These regulations implement a change made by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA). The change affects the amount of benefits payable by the PBGC to participants. … Continue Reading

PBGC Publishes Preliminary Plan for Regulatory Review; Will Re-Examine Reportable Event and 4062(e) Guidance

by Maureen O’Brien In response to an Executive Order from the White House to identify opportunities to make government regulations less burdensome and more effective, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently published its Preliminary Plan for Regulatory Review.  Most notably, PBGC noted that it had begun implementing the Executive Order by reconsidering several rules it has recently … Continue Reading