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The Council regularly provides intelligence and analysis to its members and offers policy expertise to lawmakers and the general public.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Fiduciary and Plan Liability Issues Associated with COVID-19
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Fiduciary and Plan Liability Issues Associated with COVID-19
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Progress Report: Council Achievements in CARES Act
Progress Report: Council Achievements in CARES Act
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Determining Employer Size under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, the president signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As summarized in the Council's previous Benefits Blueprint, Summary of Health Care and Leave-Related Provisions In Coronavirus Response Legislation, the FFCRA contains two leave-related provisions. This Blueprint is focused on helping private employers determine whether they may be subject to the new leave requirements – specifically, on how to apply the 500-employee threshold with respect to companies that may be part of larger controlled groups or otherwise have related companies.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
DOL Temporary Regulations Regarding Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Secretary of Labor ("Secretary") is promulgating temporary regulations to implement public health emergency leave under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and emergency paid sick leave to assist working families facing public health emergencies arising out of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. The leave is created by a time-limited statutory authority established under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Public Law 116–127 (FFCRA), and is set to expire on December 31, 2020. The FFCRA and this temporary rule do not affect the FMLA after December 31, 2020.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Council Amicus Brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in PCMA v. Arkansas
The American Benefits Council offered a forceful defense of ERISA preemption in an April 1 amicus ("friend of the court") brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Rutledge v. Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, which has significant implications for the applicability of state law to employer-sponsored benefit plans. The Council brief was filed jointly with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Summary of Health Care and Leave-Related Provisions in Coronavirus Response Legislation
Now that the federal government has enacted both the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the "economic stimulus" Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many employers may have questions about their obligations and potential relief in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. A new Benefits Blueprint summary, prepared by Groom Law Group, Chartered, is now available that details the group health plan requirements and paid leave provisions enacted through these measures.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update No. 5: Entering the Next Phase of Coronavirus Policy Activity
The American Benefits Council is working with Capitol Hill and officials at the White House and relevant executive branch agencies to ensure that employers have what they need to maintain or adjust their employee health care coverage, retirement plans and paid leave programs. The following is a summary of the Council's analysis, activity and resources for you and your colleagues.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as Approved by Senate
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as Approved by Senate
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Council Letter to Treasury/IRS/DOL/PBGC Regarding Immediate Need for Retirement-Related Emergency Relief
Council Letter to Treasury/IRS/DOL/PBGC Regarding Immediate Need for Retirement-Related Emergency Relief
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Title-by-Title Summary of Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House
Title-by-Title Summary of Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Summary of CARES Act Unemployment and Tax Provisions under Division A, Title 1, Subtitles A, B and C
Summary of CARES Act Unemployment and Tax Provisions under Division A, Title 1, Subtitles A, B and C
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House, Division A
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House [PART I]
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Benefits Passport Presentation Slides: Cross-border European Pension Solutions
Benefits Passport Presentation Slides: Cross-border European Pension Solutions
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House, Division B
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House [PART II]
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Summary of CARES Act Unemployment and Tax Provisions under Division A, Title 1, Subtitle D
Summary of CARES Act Unemployment and Tax Provisions under Division A, Title 1, Subtitle D
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Section-by-Section Summary of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House
Section-by-Section Summary of Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as considered by Senate/House
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Lawmakers Finalizing Economic Stimulus Package with Several Employee Benefit Provisions Hanging in Balance
Lawmakers Finalizing Economic Stimulus Package with Several Employee Benefit Provisions Hanging in Balance
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Broad Coalition Relaunches to Stabilize Employer-Provided Health Care Coverage
BROAD COALITION RELAUNCHES TO STABILIZE EMPLOYER-PROVIDED HEALTH CARE COVERAGE
Friday, March 20, 2020
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update No. 3: Council Recommendations to Congress and Regulatory Agencies
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update No. 3: Council Recommendations to Congress and Regulatory Agencies
Friday, March 20, 2020
Council Letter to IRS Requesting Guidance Allowing Pre-Deductible Coverage of Telehealth Services in HDHPs
Council Letter to IRS Requesting Guidance Allowing Pre-Deductible Coverage of Telehealth Services in HDHPs