Employee Benefits Security Administration 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Reopening of Comment Period for 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: 2021-13149
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-24
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor is reopening the comment period on proposed amendments to six class exemptions from prohibited transaction rules set forth in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). The exemptions are Prohibited Transaction Exemptions (PTEs) 75-1, 80-83, 81-8, 95-60, 97- 41 and 2006-16. The proposed amendments relate to the use of credit ratings in the conditions of these class exemptions. Section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires the Department to remove any references to or requirements of reliance on credit ratings from its class exemptions and to substitute standards of creditworthiness as the Department determines to be appropriate. This reopening of the comment period provides interested persons with the opportunity to submit additional comments on the proposed amendments due to the passage of time since the proposal was originally published in 2013. All comments received to date on the proposed amendments will be included in the public record and need not be resubmitted. The proposed amendments to the class exemptions would affect participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans and IRAs, fiduciaries of the plans and IRAs, and financial institutions that engage in transactions with, or provide services to, the plans and IRAs.
Request for Information Regarding Reporting on Pharmacy Benefits and Prescription Drug Costs
Document Number: 2021-13138
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-06-23
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Department of the Treasury, Office of Personnel Management
This document is a request for information on issues related to certain reporting requirements under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) that are applicable to group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) are issuing this request for information to gather input from the public regarding implementation considerations for the data collection required under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the CAA, and the associated impact on group health plans and health insurance issuers. As part of this request for information, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is also seeking input from the public regarding implementation considerations for the data collection required under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the CAA as it pertains to Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) carriers (whether or not they are also health insurance issuers). The Departments and OPM also seek input on specific data elements, including the level of detail that is feasible to report for entities subject to the data collection requirements and the associated burdens and potential compliance costs. Public comments will inform the Departments' and OPM's implementation of section 204 through rulemaking and the establishment of processes to receive the required information.
State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee-Notice of Virtual Meetings
Document Number: 2021-11475
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces meetings of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (hereinafter the Committee). This notice provides information to members of the public who may be interested in attending the meetings or providing written comments related to the work of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Exemption From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Involving the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Goldman Sachs or the Applicant) Located in New York, New York
Document Number: 2021-11366
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-28
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of 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). The exemption affects the ability of certain entities with specified relationships to Goldman Sachs to continue to rely upon relief provided by Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-14 (PTE-84-14).
State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee-Notice of Virtual Meeting
Document Number: 2021-10930
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-25
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces the second meeting of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (hereinafter the Committee). This notice provides information to members of the public who may be interested in attending the meeting or providing written comments related to the work of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
206th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2021-10296
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-17
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans Nominations for Vacancy; Insurance Representative
Document Number: 2021-10090
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-13
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee-Notice of Virtual Meeting
Document Number: 2021-09078
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-30
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces the first meeting of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (hereinafter the Committee). This notice provides information to members of the public who may be interested in attending the meeting or providing written comments related to the work of the Committee. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Request for Public Comment
Document Number: 2021-08344
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-22
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), 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 reporting burden on the public and helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. Currently, the EBSA is soliciting comments on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Implementation and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 Part 45. A copy of the information collection request (ICR) may be obtained by contacting the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice.
Exemption for Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Involving DWS Investment Management Americas, Inc. (DIMA or the Applicant) and Certain Current and Future Asset Management Affiliates of Deutsche Bank AG (each a DB QPAM) Located in New York, New York
Document Number: 2021-07963
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-19
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document is a notice of 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). The exemption allows entities with specified relationships to Deutsche Bank AG to continue to rely on the exemptive relief provided by Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84-14, if certain conditions are met.
Publication of Model Notices for Health Care Continuation Coverage Provided Pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and Other Health Care Continuation Coverage, as Required by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Notice
Document Number: 2021-07467
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-12
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Section 9501(a)(5)(D) and (6)(D) of ARP directs the Department of Labor (Department) to develop model notices for use by group health plans and other entities that, pursuant to the ARP, must provide notices of the availability of premium reductions and additional election periods for health care continuation coverage. This document announces the availability of the model notices.
Proposed Extension of Information Collection Requests Submitted for Public Comment
Document Number: 2021-06599
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Department of Labor (the Department), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, 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).
Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of OMB Approvals
Document Number: 2021-06598
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved certain collections of information, listed in the Supplementary Information section below, following EBSA's submission of requests for such approvals under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). This notice describes the approved or re-approved information collections and provides their OMB control numbers and current expiration dates as required by the PRA.
Proposed Exemption for Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Involving the Electrical Insurance Trustees Insurance Fund and the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (the Plans or the Applicants) Located in Alsip, IL
Document Number: 2021-05843
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-22
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document provides notice of the pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed individual exemption 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).
205th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Teleconference Meeting
Document Number: 2021-05474
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-17
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-04241
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-02
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This notice announces the establishment of the State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (Committee) and also solicits nominations for members to be appointed by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). The No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, requires the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish (and periodically update) a standardized reporting format for voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases and provide guidance to States on collecting data. The Act also directs the Secretary to convene an advisory committee.
Proposed Exemption for Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Involving DWS Investment Management Americas, Inc. (DIMA or the Applicant) and Certain Current and Future Asset Management Affiliates of Deutsche Bank AG (Each a DB QPAM) Located in New York, New York
Document Number: 2021-02886
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-12
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document provides notice of the pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed individual exemption 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). If this proposed exemption is granted, certain entities with specified relationships to Deutsche Bank AG will not be precluded from relying on the exemptive relief provided by Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84-14.
Proposed Exemption for Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Involving The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Goldman Sachs or the Applicant) Located in New York, New York
Document Number: 2020-29113
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-04
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document provides notice of the pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed individual exemption 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). If this proposed exemption is granted, certain entities with specified relationships to Goldman Sacs will not be precluded from relying on the exemptive relief provided by Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84-14.