Employee Benefits Security Administration 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Amendments to Excepted Benefits
Document Number: 2013-30553
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-12-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains proposed rules that would amend the regulations regarding excepted benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Public Health Service Act. Excepted benefits are generally exempt from the health reform requirements that were added to those laws by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-28568
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-29
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the information collection requests (ICRs) contained in the documents described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain).
Final Rules Under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008; Technical Amendment to External Review for Multi-State Plan Program
Document Number: 2013-27086
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-11-13
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains final rules implementing the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, which requires parity between mental health or substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits with respect to financial requirements and treatment limitations under group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage. This document also contains a technical amendment relating to external review with respect to the multi-state plan program administered by the Office of Personnel Management.
Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-26630
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-07
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains exemptions issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following: 2013-10, UBS AG and Its Current and Future Affiliates and Subsidiaries, D-11506; 2013-11, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., D-11640; 2013-12, Sears Holding Savings Plan, Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan and the Lands' End, Inc. Retirement Plan, D- 11739, D-11740, and D-11741; 2013-13, American International Group, Inc. Incentive Savings Plan, American General Agents' & Managers' Thrift Plan, and Chartis Insurance Company-Puerto Rico Capital Growth Plan, D-11767, D-11768 and D-11769.
Proposed Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-26506
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-11-06
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notices of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following proposed exemptions: D-11729, Bank of America Corporation; and L-11760, Intel Corporation.
169th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-24626
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-10-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Grant of Individual Exemption Involving UBS AG (UBS or the Applicant); Located in Zurich, Switzerland
Document Number: 2013-22314
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-13
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains an individual exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA or the Act) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). The transactions involve UBS, and certain entities within UBS's Global Asset Management and Wealth Management Americas divisions that function as ``qualified professional asset managers'' (QPAMs) under Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84-14 (PTE 84-14).\1\ The individual exemption affects UBS QPAMS, and participants and beneficiaries of ERISA plans the assets of which plan are managed by a UBS QPAM.
Notice of Proposed Exemption involving AT&T Inc. (Together With AT&T Inc.'s Affiliates, AT&T or the Applicant) Located in Dallas, TX
Document Number: 2013-21801
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-09-09
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed individual exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA or the Act), and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). The proposed transactions involve AT&T, the AT&T Pension Benefit Plan (the Plan), and the SBC Master Pension Trust (the Trust). The proposed exemption, if granted, would affect the Plan and its participants and beneficiaries. Effective Date: If granted, this proposed exemption will be effective as of September 1, 2013.
168th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19952
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
167th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-17761
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-17498
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notices of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following proposed exemptions: D-11506, UBS AG and Its Current and Future Affiliates and Subsidiaries (collectively, UBS or the Applicant); D-11742 thru D-11746, The ABB Inc. Cash Balance Pension Plan (the Cash Balance Plan); the Cash Balance Pension Plan for Certain Represented Employees of ABB Inc. (the Union Cash Balance Plan); the Pension Plan for Employees of the Process Analytics Division of ABB Inc. Represented by the Laborer's International Union of North America (AFL-CIO), Local No. 1304 (the Process Analytics Plan); the Pension Plan of Fischer & Porter Company (the Fisher & Porter Plan); and the ABB Inc. Pension Plan (UE 625 & 626) (the UE 625 & 626 Plan) (each a Plan, and collectively, the Plans); and D-11767, D-11768 and D-11769, American International Group, Inc. Incentive Savings Plan (the Savings Plan), American General Agents' & Managers' Thrift Plan (the Thrift Plan), and Chartis Insurance CompanyPuerto Rico Capital Growth Plan (the Chartis Plan)(collectively, the Plans).
Proposed Amendment To Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Pension Benefit Statements
Document Number: 2013-16739
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-07-15
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor is extending until August 7, 2013, the comment period for an advance notice of proposed rulemaking focusing on lifetime income illustrations given to participants in defined contribution pension plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The ANPRM serves as a request for comments on specific language and concepts in advance of a proposed regulation.
Exemption From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-16386
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains an exemption issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following: 2013-08, Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2007-05, 72 FR 13130 (March 20, 2007), Involving Prudential Securities Incorporated, et al., To Amend the Definition of ``Rating Agency'', D-11718.
Proposed Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-16385
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-07-09
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notices of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following proposed exemptions: D-11640, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (the Applicant or the Bank); D-11772, UBS AG (UBS or the Applicant); and D- 11739, D-11740, & D-11741, Sears Holdings Savings Plan (the Savings Plan), Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan (the PR Plan) and The Lands' End, Inc. Retirement Plan (the Lands' End Plan).
Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act
Document Number: 2013-15866
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-07-02
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains final regulations regarding coverage of certain preventive services under section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, and incorporated into the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code. Section 2713 of the PHS Act requires coverage without cost sharing of certain preventive health services by non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance coverage. Among these services are women's preventive health services, as specified in guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As authorized by the current regulations, and consistent with the HRSA guidelines, group health plans established or maintained by certain religious employers (and group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such plans) are exempt from the otherwise applicable requirement to cover certain contraceptive services. These final regulations simplify and clarify the religious employer exemption. These final regulations also establish accommodations with respect to the contraceptive coverage requirement for group health plans established or maintained by eligible organizations (and group health insurance coverage provided in connection with such plans), as well as student health insurance coverage arranged by eligible organizations that are institutions of higher education. These regulations also finalize related amendments to regulations concerning Affordable Insurance Exchanges.
Proposed Amendments to Class Prohibited Transaction Exemptions To Remove Credit Ratings Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Document Number: 2013-14790
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of Proposed Amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE) 75-1 (40 FR 50845, October 31, 1975, as amended by 71 FR 5883, February 3, 2006); PTE 80-83 (45 FR 73189, November 4, 1980); PTE 81-8 (46 FR 7511, January 23, 1981, as amended by 50 FR 14043, April 9, 1985); PTE 95-60 (60 FR 35925, July 12, 1995); PTE 97-41 (62 FR 42830, August 8, 1997); and PTE 2006-16 (71 FR 63786, October 31, 2006). The proposed amendments relate to the use of credit ratings as standards of credit-worthiness in such class exemptions. Section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) requires the Department to remove any references to or requirements of reliance on credit ratings from its class exemptions and to substitute such standards of credit-worthiness as the Department determines to be appropriate. If adopted, the proposed amendments would affect participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, fiduciaries of such plans, and the financial institutions that engage in transactions with, or provide services or products to, the plans.
Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Nominations for Vacancies
Document Number: 2013-14460
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-18
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans
Document Number: 2013-12916
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-03
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
This document contains final regulations, consistent with the Affordable Care Act, regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage. Specifically, these final regulations increase the maximum permissible reward under a health-contingent wellness program offered in connection with a group health plan (and any related health insurance coverage) from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of coverage. The final regulations further increase the maximum permissible reward to 50 percent for wellness programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use. These regulations also include other clarifications regarding the reasonable design of health-contingent wellness programs and the reasonable alternatives they must offer in order to avoid prohibited discrimination.
Notice of Proposed Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 80-26 (PTE 80-26) For Certain Interest Free Loans to Employee Benefit Plans
Document Number: 2013-12362
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed amendment to PTE 80- 26. PTE 80-26 is a class exemption that permits parties in interest with respect to employee benefit plans to make certain interest free loans and extensions of credit to such plans, provided the conditions of the exemption are met. The proposed amendment, if adopted, would give retroactive and temporary exemptive relief for certain guarantees of the payment of debits to plan investment accounts (including IRAs) by parties in interest to such plans as well as certain loans and loan repayments made pursuant to such guarantees. The proposed amendment would affect employee benefit plans described in section 3(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA or the Act), and plans described in section 4975(e)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), the participants and beneficiaries of such plans, and parties in interest with respect to those plans engaging in the described transactions.
Exemption From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-12236
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-23
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains an exemption issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following: 2013-07, The Mo-Kan Teamsters Apprenticeship and Training Fund (the Fund) L-11720.
Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment
Document Number: 2013-12191
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed extension of the information collection requests (ICRs) contained in the documents described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain).
Pension Benefit Statements
Document Number: 2013-10636
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-08
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (Department) is developing proposed regulations regarding the pension benefit statement requirements under section 105 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). This advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) describes certain rules the Department is considering as part of the proposed regulations. The rules being considered are limited to the pension benefit statements required of defined contribution plans. First, the Department is considering a rule that would require a participant's accrued benefits to be expressed on his pension benefit statement as an estimated lifetime stream of payments, in addition to being presented as an account balance. Second, the Department also is considering a rule that would require a participant's accrued benefits to be projected to his retirement date and then converted to and expressed as an estimated lifetime stream of payments. This ANPRM serves as a request for comments on specific language and concepts in advance of proposed regulations. The Department intends to consider all reasonable alternatives to direct regulation, including whether there is a way short of a regulatory mandate that will ensure that participants and beneficiaries get constructive and helpful lifetime income illustrations.
166th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09595
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Exemptions from Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2013-07380
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-29
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains exemptions issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following: 2013-01, UBS Financial Services Inc., D-11610; 2013-02, Atlas Energy, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan, D-11664; 2013-03, Central Pacific Bank 401(k) Retirement and Savings Plan, D-11666; 2013-04, Silchester International Investors LLP, D-11671; 2013-05, EquiLend Holdings LLC, D-11724; and, 2013-06, Coca- Cola Company and Red Re, Inc., L-11738.
Ninety-Day Waiting Period Limitation and Technical Amendments to Certain Health Coverage Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act
Document Number: 2013-06454
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-03-21
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury
These proposed rules implement the 90-day waiting period limitation under section 2708 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), as amended, and incorporated into the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code. They also propose amendments to regulations to conform to Affordable Care Act provisions already in effect as well as those that will become effective beginning 2014. The proposed conforming amendments make changes to existing requirements such as preexisting condition limitations and other portability provisions added by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and implementing regulations because they have become moot or need amendment due to new market reform protections under the Affordable Care Act.
Final Revision and Publication of the 2012 Form M-1, Notice
Document Number: 2013-04865
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document announces revisions to the Form M-1, Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Certain Entities Claiming Exception (ECEs), and its availability. The revisions can be viewed on the Employee Benefits Security Administration's (EBSA) Web site at www.dol.gov/ebsa. The revised form is substantively different from previous versions of the Form M-1. Elsewhere in this edition of the Federal Register, EBSA is publishing Final Rules for Filings Required for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and Certain Other Related Entities. These rules amend the existing MEWA regulations to implement the registration requirement added to section 101(g) of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, (ERISA), as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), as well as to enhance compliance, enforcement, and protection of employer-sponsored health benefits. The form and the accompanying instructions facilitate the filing requirements for MEWAs and ECEs under ERISA.
Revision of Annual Information Return/Reports
Document Number: 2013-04864
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-03-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report filed by administrators of certain employee welfare benefit plans that are required to comply with the Form M-1 reporting requirements of 29 CFR 2520.101-2. The revisions are intended to enhance the Department of Labor's ability to enforce the Form M-1 reporting requirements under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). These forms revisions are being published simultaneously with final regulations under Title I of ERISA that implement reporting requirements for MEWAs and certain other entities that offer or provide coverage for medical care benefits for employees of two or more employers.
Filings Required of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and Certain Other Related Entities
Document Number: 2013-04863
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains final rules under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that implement reporting requirements for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) and certain other entities that offer or provide benefits that consist of medical care (within the meaning of section 733(a)(2) of ERISA and 29 CFR 2590.701-2) for employees of two or more employers. These final rules amend the existing Form M-1 reporting rules by incorporating new provisions enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ``Affordable Care Act''). They also amend existing Form 5500 annual reporting rules for ERISA-covered plans subject to Form M-1 reporting rules. Elsewhere in this edition of the Federal Register, the Employee Benefits Security Administration is publishing final rules related to the Secretary of Labor's new enforcement authority with respect to MEWAs, a notice adopting final revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report and its instructions to add new Form M-1 compliance questions, as well as an additional notice announcing the finalized revisions to the Form M-1 and its instructions. These improvements in reporting, together with stronger enforcement tools authorized by the Affordable Care Act, are designed to reduce MEWA fraud and abuse, protecting consumers from unpaid medical bills.
Ex Parte Cease and Desist and Summary Seizure Orders-Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements
Document Number: 2013-04862
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-03-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains two final rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to facilitate implementation of new enforcement authority provided to the Secretary of Labor by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act). The Affordable Care Act authorizes the Secretary to issue a cease and desist order, ex parte (i.e. without prior notice or hearing), when it appears that the alleged conduct of a multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) is fraudulent, creates an immediate danger to the public safety or welfare, or is causing or can be reasonably expected to cause significant, imminent, and irreparable public injury. The Secretary may also issue a summary seizure order when it appears that a MEWA is in a financially hazardous condition. The first regulation establishes the procedures for the Secretary to issue ex parte cease and desist orders and summary seizure orders with respect to fraudulent or insolvent MEWAs. The second regulation establishes the procedures for use by administrative law judges and the Secretary when a MEWA or other person challenges a temporary cease and desist order.
Proposed Amendment to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2006-06 (PTE 2006-06) for Services Provided in Connection with the Termination of Abandoned Individual Account Plans
Document Number: 2013-03463
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department) is extending the comment period for a proposed amendment to PTE 2006-06, a prohibited transaction class exemption issued under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). PTE 2006-06 provides an exemption for certain transactions entered into on behalf of individual account pension plans that have been abandoned by their sponsors.
Proposed Amendment to the Information Collection Requirements of Prohibited Transaction Exemption 77-4 for Certain Transactions Between Investment Companies and Employee Benefit Plans
Document Number: 2013-03398
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-14
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed amendment to the information collection request (ICR) contained in Prohibited Transaction Exemption 77-4 that is described below. A copy of the ICR may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain).
Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program
Document Number: 2013-01616
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-29
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This Notice describes changes to the Department of Labor's (Department) Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVC Program or Program). Administrators of employee benefit plans subject to Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) who fail to file annual reports on a timely basis can be subject to civil penalties under section 502(c)(2) of ERISA. The DFVC Program is intended to encourage delinquent plan administrators to comply with their annual reporting obligations under ERISA through the assessment of reduced civil penalties. The DFVC Program was initially adopted in 1995 and was last updated in a published Federal Register Notice on March 28, 2002 (2002 Notice). The Department's DFVC Program Web site has been updated periodically since 2002 to reflect the adoption of technical changes to the Program. Most recently, the DFVC Program Web site was updated to reflect the Department's final regulation mandating electronic filing of annual reports as part of the implementation of a wholly electronic ERISA Filing Acceptance System (EFAST2) for those reports. (See www.dol.gov/ebsa.) This Notice also describes an existing online penalty calculator and Internet-based payment system for the DFVC Program. (See http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/ calculator/dfvcpmain.html). This Notice is intended to be a comprehensive update and restatement of the DFVC Program that incorporates the changes that have been made in the DFVC Program since the 2002 Notice.
165th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2013-01393
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Proposed Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Survey Regarding Pension Benefit Statements
Document Number: 2013-01156
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-01-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA 95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) described below. A copy of the ICRs may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. ICRs also are available at reginfo.gov (http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain).