The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months.
- On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated its Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda. This publication takes the form of a Federal Register notice to comply with certain administrative requirements. The DOL's agenda and related materials include 13 pending projects related to employee benefits, which are listed in the chart below in order of the projected timetable for next steps. (In the ordinary course, the projected dates shown on the agenda may prove to be ambitious.)
- On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released their Third Quarter Update to the 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan, often informally referred to as the IRS Business Plan, which lists those issues that will be the subject of formal guidance from July 2015 through June 2016. The IRS Business Plan includes 28 pending items addressing retirement benefits and 14 pending items addressing executive compensation, health care and other benefits. They are listed on the chart below in the reverse order of when they first appeared on the agenda.
There are no new projects added to the agendas since they were last published.
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