Final Regulations for Health Coverage Portability for Group Health Plans and Group Health Insurance Issuers Under HIPAA Titles l & IV; Correction
This document corrects final regulations that were published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78720) governing portability requirements for group health plans and issuers of health insurance coverage offered in connection with a group health plan.
Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations; PTE 86-128
The Department of Labor (Department), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is soliciting comments concerning the proposed extension of a currently approved collection of information, Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 86-128 for certain transactions involving employee benefit plans and securities broker-dealers. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the addresses section of this notice.
Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
This Notice contains an update, which amends and restates the Employee Benefits Security Administration's Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (the VFC Program or Program). The VFC Program permits certain persons to avoid potential civil actions and civil penalties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by voluntarily taking steps to correct violations that would ordinarily give rise to such actions and penalties. Based on its experience since adoption of the VFC Program in March 2002, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has identified certain changes that will both simplify and expand the original VFC Program, thereby making the Program easier for, and more useful to, employers and others who wish to avail themselves of the relief provided by the Program. EBSA is inviting comments from interested persons on the revisions to the VFC Program described in this document. At the same time, EBSA is making the simplified and expanded Program available immediately to those who wish to rely on the revisions in seeking VFC Program relief.
Proposed Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2002-51 (PTE 2002-51) To Permit Certain Transactions Identified in the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed amendment to PTE 2002-51 (67 FR 70623 November 25, 2002). PTE 2002-51 is a class exemption that provides relief from certain prohibited transaction restrictions imposed by section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) of 1986 for certain eligible transactions identified in the Department's Voluntary Fiduciary Correction (VFC) Program, which was adopted on March 28, 2002. This exemption is being proposed in conjunction with the Department's Amendment and Restatement of the VFC Program (revised VFC Program), which is being published simultaneously in this issue of the Federal Register. The VFC Program allows certain persons to avoid potential civil actions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) initiated by the Department and the assessment of civil penalties under section 502(l) of ERISA in connection with an investigation or civil action by the Department. If granted, the proposed amendment to PTE 2002-51 would affect plans, participants and beneficiaries of such plans and certain other persons engaging in such transactions.