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Talk Business: Federal Trust Pays $18.1 Million to Arkansas Retirees in 2017, Pension Bubble Fears Grow

The federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) paid out more than $18.111 million to 4,580 Arkansas retirees in failed pension plans in 2017. The payments came despite fears that rising deficits for some of the nation’s largest employer programs will cause the government-funded trust to run out of money in the next decade.Elliot Dinkin, president/CEO

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Ready or Not Here Comes GASB 75!

Governments have already started their 2018 fiscal year.  Governments that offer Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) must now plan for Governmental Accounting Standard No. 75 (GASB 75). The new GASB statement is effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2017, though some entities may have adopted early.Until the 2018 fiscal year, GASB 45 governed OPEB

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Simplify Compliance – Federal, State and Local Family Medical Leave Laws

Certain employers are subject to the federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).  In addition, many state and local governments are adopting family and medical leave laws.  Sorting out which laws apply and how they interact is challenging.Read Benefits Brief

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Simplify Compliance – Why Is An SPD Needed? What Information Must It Include?

The federal law known as ERISA requires employers to provide a summary plan description (SPD) to participants describing the terms of the group health plan in layperson’s language.  The SPD must be provided to newly eligible employees within 90 days of enrollment.  In addition, the SPD must be restated and redistributed generally every 5 years.Read

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Simplify Compliance – 2018 Health Plan Compliance Calendar

Employers must comply with certain filing and disclosure requirements each year in connection with their group health plans.  This chart summarizes some of the key requirements and is designed to be used as a tool to help facilitate annual compliance.2018 Health Plan Compliance Calendar

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