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

Monday, December 5, 2022
Group Letter Urging Congress to Pass Mental Health Legislation
Group Letter Urging Congress to Pass Mental Health Legislation
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Summary of DOL Final ESG Regulations
As we reported in the November 22 Benefits Byte, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) recently issued final regulations addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment standards for retirement plans.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Post-Election Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Update
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Post-Election Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Update
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Employers remain most trusted among all providers of quality health coverage, retirement savings, paid leave
WASHINGTON, DC – "At a time when trust in institutions is at historic lows, the American Benefits Council is proud of new polling data demonstrating that employers continue to be the most trusted source for voters' valued benefits," said American Benefits Council President James A. Klein today.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Council Comments to Tri-Agencies Regarding Advanced Explanation of Benefits and Good Faith Estimates for Covered Individuals
Council Comments to Tri-Agencies Regarding Advanced Explanation of Benefits and Good Faith Estimates for Covered Individuals
Monday, November 14, 2022
The Facts – Not Myths – Underlying the Restore Protections for Dialysis Patients Act (RPDPA)
The Facts – Not Myths – Underlying the Restore Protections for Dialysis Patients Act (RPDPA)
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Council Letter to Congress Urging Passage of SECURE 2.0 Retirement Policy Legislation
In a November 8 letter to congressional leadership, the American Benefits Council once again urged passage of bipartisan, bicameral retirement policy legislation before the end of the year. In light of the recent election results, there is still a reasonably good chance that a measure could be enacted as part of a year-end spending bill.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
DOL/EBSA Response to Retirement Industry Concerns Regarding Cybersecurity Investigations and Collection of PII
In an unusual step, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has directly responded to a recent letter from employer and financial industry groups concerns with the agency's use of subpoena power to collect retirement plan participants' confidential, personally identifiable information (PII). In its reply, DOL affirmed its intention to continue collecting PII in its cybersecurity investigations.
Monday, October 31, 2022
Council Letter Recommending Amendment to the Hawaii Retirement Savings Act
Council Letter Recommending Amendment to the Hawaii Retirement Savings Act
Monday, October 31, 2022
Council Comments to DOL Regarding Proposed Procedures for Prohibited Transaction Exemption Applications
Council Comments to DOL Regarding Proposed Procedures for Prohibited Transaction Exemption Applications
Friday, October 28, 2022
State- and City-Based Retirement Programs that Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors (Courtesy of Davis & Harman LLP)
State-run and City-run Retirement Programs that Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2023 Tax Year
Cost-of-Living Adjustments for 2023 Tax Year
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Summary of ERISA Advisory Council Meeting Cybersecurity Issues Affecting Health Benefit Plans and Cybersecurity Insurance and Employee Benefit Plans
Summary of ERISA Advisory Council Meeting Cybersecurity Issues Affecting Health Benefit Plans and Cybersecurity Insurance and Employee Benefit Plans
Monday, October 17, 2022
Council Amicus Brief before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) in Tullgren v. Booz Allen Hamilton
Council Amicus Brief before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division) in Tullgren v. Booz Allen Hamilton
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Brief Summary of DOL Proposed Regulations on Classification of Independent Contractors
Brief Summary of DOL Proposed Regulations on Classification of Independent Contractors
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Chart Comparing SECURE 2.0 Bipartisan Retirement Bills
Chart Comparing SECURE 2.0 Bipartisan Retirement Bills
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Council Comments to DOL/EBSA Regarding Proposed QPAM Exemption
Council Comments to DOL/EBSA Regarding Proposed QPAM Exemption
Monday, October 10, 2022
Summary of IRS Notice 2022-53: Relief from Certain Required Minimum Distributions for 2021 and 2022; Application of Final Regulations
Summary of IRS Notice 2022-53: Relief from Certain Required Minimum Distributions for 2021 and 2022; Application of Final Regulations
Monday, October 3, 2022
Council Comments to HHS Office of Civil Rights Regarding Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities
The American Benefits Council recently provided comments on proposed regulations released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) addressing the prohibition on discrimination in health programs and activities under Affordable Care Act (ACA) Section 1557.
Monday, September 26, 2022
Council Letter to Treasury/IRS Regarding Potential Frozen Plan Nondiscrimination Guidance
Council Letter to Treasury/IRS Regarding Potential Frozen Plan Nondiscrimination Guidance