Employee Benefits Committee | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Employee Benefits Committee

This committee develops Chamber policy recommendations on all employee benefit issues: health care, pension and retirement plans, and other employer-provided benefits, as well as public programs such as Social Security and Medicare.  The committee oversees the Chamber's response to employee benefit legislation pending before all congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as regulatory initiatives before administrative agencies.  The committee has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee, which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.

Recent Activity

LetterNov 15, 2017 - 11:45am

Letter on State Auto-Enrollment IRA Programs and ERISA

To determine if the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) might impact viability of mandated auto-enrollment IRA programs created through state legislation (“State Auto-Enrollment IRA Programs”), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce requested Eversheds Sutherland (US) to examine whether state auto-IRA plans are preempted by ERISA and/or could be considered ERISA plans.  

LetterNov 13, 2017 - 1:30pm

Letter to Members of the U.S. Senate Supporting the Nomination of Preston Rutledge to Assistant Secretary of Labor at EBSA

On November 13, 2017 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to all members of the U.S. Senate to support the nomination of Preston Rutledge to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor at the Employee Benefits Security Administration.     

LetterNov 06, 2017 - 1:30pm

Letter to Chairman Walberg and Ranking Member Sablan Supporting H.R. 4158, the "Retirement Plan Modernization Act"

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg and Ranking Member Gregorio Sablan in support of H.R. 4158, the "Retirement Plan Modernization Act." H.R.

LetterNov 02, 2017 - 1:15pm

Key Vote Alert! Letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Supporting H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017"

On November 11, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this Key Vote Alert!  letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017," which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).    

CommentOct 27, 2017 - 1:00pm

Coalition Comments to DOL Regarding Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with several other trade associations sent a comment letter to the Employee Benefits Security Administration Acting Assistant Secretary, Mr. Timothy Hauser in response to the Department of Labor's Proposed Regulation that would delay the applicability date of the rule amending disability claims procedures (81 Fed Reg. 92316 (Dec.

LetterOct 23, 2017 - 12:45pm

Letter to Senator Heitkamp Supporting S. 1978, the "Small Business and Family Health Tax Relief Act"

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to Senator Heidi Heitkamp supporting the introduction of S. 1978, the "Small Business and Family Health Tax Relief Act."  

EventOct 20, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:15pm
What Lies Ahead for Retirement Savings? Possible Implications of Comprehensive Tax Reform

What Lies Ahead for Retirement Savings? Possible Implications of Comprehensive Tax Reform

What Lies Ahead for Retirement Savings? Possible Implications of Comprehensive Tax Reform. This event will focus on the success of current tax incentives and how reform may impact retirement savings going forward.

EventOct 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
A Path Forward on Health Reform: Advancing Priorities and Innovative Solutions Amid Uncertainty

A Path Forward on Health Reform: Advancing Priorities and Innovative Solutions Amid Uncertainty

6th Annual Health Care Summit: A Path Forward on Health Reform. This event will focus on private sector solutions to health care reform.

LetterOct 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Letter to Senator Cory Gardner Supporting H.R. 1859, the "Healthcare Tax Relief Act"

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to Senator Cory Gardner supporting the introduction of H.R. 1859, the "Healthcare Tax Relief Act."