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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, February 6, 2018
Overview of Pending Retirement Legislation
A new summary available on the Council website, prepared by Davis & Harman LLP, summarizes the many pending legislative proposals affecting retirement policy, as well as those from prior sessions of Congress that may be relevant in the coming months.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Council Letter to Joint Committee on Taxation Regarding 162(m) 'Binding Contract' Rule
With the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) now preparing its official "blue book" analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the American Benefits Council has reached out seeking clarification of the "written binding contract" grandfather rule, which makes changes to Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m).
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Tax Treatment of Health Benefits
Tax Treatment of Health Benefits
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Electronic Delivery of Retirement and Health Information: Fostering Superior Outcomes and Reducing Cost to Participants
Electronic Delivery of Retirement and Health Information: Fostering Superior Outcomes and Reducing Cost to Participants
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
A Proposed National Voluntary Minimum Standard for Paid Leave
A Proposed National Voluntary Minimum Standard for Paid Leave
Monday, January 22, 2018
Two-year delay of "Cadillac Tax" a timely, important step on road to full repeal
WASHINGTON, DC – "We applaud Congress for approving a critically important two-year delay of the 40 percent 'Cadillac Tax' on employer-sponsored health coverage as part of the government funding bill," Council President James A. Klein said today.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Contact Congress to Voice Support for 'Cadillac Tax' Delay as Part of Stopgap Funding Deal
Please contact your Member of Congress – and those with whom your company has a relationship – to urge their support for the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018, which includes a two year delay of the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" on employer-sponsored health coverage.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Council Op-Ed: The United States of Benefits -- How Employee Benefits Became the Coin of the Realm
The United States of Benefits: How Employee Benefits Became the Coin of the Realm -- op-ed by Jason Hammersla in the Bloomberg BNA Insights: Pension & Benefits Daily
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Tax Reform in Review
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Tax Reform in Review
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Side-by-Side Comparison Chart of Prior Law and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Courtesy of Davis & Harman LLP)
Side-by-Side Comparison Chart of Prior Law and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Courtesy of Davis & Harman LLP)
Monday, December 18, 2017
Results from nationwide & membership polling on future of employee benefits
As part of the Council's 50th Anniversary Symposium, held on November 30 in Washington DC, we unveiled the results of a nationwide survey we commissioned with Public Opinion Strategies, a widely respected public polling firm. This survey of 800 American adults sought to measure attitudes about employee benefits – now and in the future.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
H.R. 4616, Legislation to Delay 'Cadillac Tax,' Provide Relief from ACA Employer Mandate
Rep. Kelly Legislation to Delay 'Cadillac Tax,' Provide Relief from ACA Employer Mandate
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Council commends legislation offering critical relief to employer-sponsored health plans
WASHINGTON, DC – "Legislation introduced today by Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Devin Nunes (R-CA) is a helpful step for employer sponsors of health coverage," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today. "We thank them as well as Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) for voicing support of the employer-sponsored system. We look forward to working with them to enact legislation fully repealing the harmful 40 percent 'Cadillac Tax' and the burdensome employer mandate."
Monday, December 11, 2017
Group Letter to Congress Urging Relief from 'Cadillac Tax'
Group Letter to Congress Urging Relief from 'Cadillac Tax'
Friday, December 8, 2017
Council Letter to Congress Regarding Year-End Health Policy Priorities
Council Letter to Congress Regarding Year-End Health Policy Priorities
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Council sets out principles for paid leave policy
In a December 6 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, the American Benefits Council voiced its support for a single, national, voluntary standard regarding paid time off.
Monday, December 4, 2017
Council thankful that tax bills protect employer-sponsored retirement benefits
"In keeping with the holiday season, the Council is thankful the tax reform measures passed by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives preserve our nation's successful, employer-sponsored retirement system," said James A. Klein, president of the American Benefits Council.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Poll Positions: Americans' Views on Employee Benefits
Results from the Council's National Poll, November 5-9, 2017, released in conjunction with the Council's 50th Anniversary Symposium
Monday, November 27, 2017
Recent Presidential Executive Order Affecting Health Care: Open Issues And Anticipated Agency Guidance
The Council has prepared a detailed Benefits Blueprint summary of the Trump Administration's October 12 Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States, which directs the departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider new rules regarding (1) the use of HRAs for purchase of individual coverage, (2) the expansion of association health plans (AHPs) and (3) expansion of short-term and limited-duration insurance.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
House, Senate tax bills protect retirement benefits, compensation for everyday employees
WASHINGTON, DC – "We commend Congress for their commitment to the preservation of workplace retirement and compensation programs that benefit a broad range of employees," said Lynn Dudley, senior vice president, global retirement and compensation policy for the American Benefits Council.