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Month: June 2012

A Common Mistake: Miscalculating Matching Contributions

Sponsors of 401(k) plans often fail to make the proper employer matching contribution called for under the terms of the plan document. Although there are any number of causes for this failure, a common one involves the timing of matching contributions.

Labor Power Softens But Still Lingers

The recent recall victory by Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin seems to reflect a trend of diminishing union power. Employers, however, should remain aware of labor’s continuing influence, experts say.

Preparing for the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Reform

How the Court rules is anybody’s guess. What is certain, however, is that the decision will seriously shape employer-sponsored benefits in the short and long term.

Preparing for the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Reform

How the Court rules is anybody’s guess. What is certain, however, is that the decision will seriously shape employer-sponsored benefits in the short and long term.

As Fee Disclosure Deadlines Approach, DOL Issues More Guidance

After more than four years of regulatory starts and stops, plus the threat of a legislative solution, two separate sets of fee disclosure regulations issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) will finally become effective this summer. These regulations w…

Bigger Changes May Be in Store for FSAs

New guidance from the IRS and bills floating in Congress may bring significant changes for employers that sponsor flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to their employees.

Compliance Brief: New Fees for Health Plans

The health care reform bill created an institute that is charged with advancing research into comparative clinical effectiveness. To fund this institute, the law imposes a fee on both insured and self-funded health plans for the seven-year period from …