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

Thursday, August 6, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: State Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave Mandates
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: State Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave Mandates
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Stabilizing Employee Benefit Programs Will Help Get America 'Back to Business'
Described below are brief descriptions of the Council's outstanding legislative and regulatory priorities relating to health, retirement and paid programs. We urge policymakers to carefully consider and promptly address these matters. The current situation is extremely dynamic and the Council is continually working to identify and consider additional policy recommendations.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Council Letter to Congress Regarding Pandemic Legislation Priorities
With congressional lawmakers and the White House deep in negotiations over major pandemic relief and recovery legislation, the American Benefits Council continues to emphasize the importance of supporting employer-provided benefit plans. In an August 4 letter to Congress, the Council outlined the most urgent priorities for employer plan sponsors that could yet be included in a final package.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Legal & Public Policy Considerations for Returning to the Workplace
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Legal & Public Policy Considerations for Returning to the Workplace
Friday, July 31, 2020
Service Provider Letter to Congress Urging Pension Plan Funding Reform
Service Provider Letter to Congress Urging Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Relief
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Council Letter to DOL/EBSA Regarding Proposed Regulations on ESG Factors in Selecting Plan Investments
On behalf of the American Benefits Council ("the Council"), we are submitting this comment with respect to the above-referenced proposed regulation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This proposal would make changes to the DOL's 1979 regulation which explains how a fiduciary will satisfy his or her obligations under ERISA Section 404(a)(1)(B) with regard to an investment or an investment course of action. The proposal would also place new requirements on the use of environmental, social and corporate governance ("ESG") factors in investment decisions and on the use of ESG funds in participant-directed defined contribution plans.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Company Stock Oversight
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Company Stock Oversight
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
CEO Letter to Congress Urging Pension Funding Reform
A group of 18 chief executive officers from diverse industries signed a letter to congressional leadership on July 21 requesting passage of the pension funding reform provisions included in the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800).
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: The Latest on Employee Benefits Policy, Anticipating the Next Phase of Relief/Recovery Legislation
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: The Latest on Employee Benefits Policy, Anticipating the Next Phase of Relief/Recovery Legislation
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Summary of Retirement Technical Corrections Included in the Senate Finance Committee Provisions of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act
Summary of Retirement Technical Corrections Included in the Senate Finance Committee Provisions of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Council Letter to Treasury/IRS Requesting Delay in the Due Date for Filing of Form 5500
Council Letter to the Department of Treasury/Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Regarding the Urgent Need for Delay in the Due Date for the Filing of the Form 5500
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Joint Employer Letter to Congress on COVID-19 Testing
The American Benefits Council, joined by six other employer and purchaser organizations, urge Congress to take measures to ensue that neither the government nor the private sector is subjected to unjustified charges related to testing.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Council Letter to DOL/EBSA Regarding Prohibited Transactions Involving Pooled Employer Plans under SECURE Act
On June 20, the American Benefits Council submitted comments with respect to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) regarding prohibited transactions involving (1) the pooled employer plans ("PEPs") and (2) other multiple employer plans ("MEPs"). Our comment relates to PEPs, other MEPs, and single-employer plans.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Nationwide poll: 90% of voters support additional financial assistance for job-based health coverage
The Council recently engaged Public Opinion Strategies, a renowned public research firm, to conduct a national online survey of 1,000 registered voters to assess their attitudes about past and future pandemic relief legislation, particularly as it relates to health care coverage. A July 13 summary memo describes the survey's key findings.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Benefits Briefing Presentation: A New Frontier? Arbitration and Class Action Waivers Under ERISA
Benefits Briefing Presentation: A New Frontier? Arbitration and Class Action Waivers Under ERISA
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Council Letter to DOL Regarding Retirement Plan Lawsuits and Pleading Standards
The American Benefits Council is enlisting the help of the U.S. Department of Labor to curb the recent wave of ERISA lawsuits against employer-sponsored retirement plans. In a July 7 letter, the Council encouraged DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia and Solicitor of Labor Kate S. O'Scannlain to urge courts to uphold federal pleading standards for these class actions.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Group Letter to Congress Urging Surprise Billing Fix in Next Relief Legislation
Group Letter to Congress Urging Surprise Billing Fix in Next Relief Legislation
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Overview of Final DOL/EBSA Fiduciary-Related Regulations
OVERVIEW OF FINAL DOL/EBSA FIDUCIARY-RELATED REGULATIONS
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Global Compensation and Benefits Watch Presentation Slides: Compensation and Benefits in the Post-COVID World
Global Compensation and Benefits Watch Presentation Slides: Compensation and Benefits in the Post-COVID World
Friday, June 26, 2020
Summary of DOL Proposed Regulation on ESG Investing
On June 25, the Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed amendments to DOL's "investment duties" regulation. Under the amendments, ERISA plan fiduciaries are required to select investments and investment courses of action based solely on financial considerations and not on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations (unless the ESG considerations may appropriately be considered pecuniary in nature).