Employee Benefits Committee

This committee focuses 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.

This committee focuses 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 has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee, a Healthcare Regulatory Task Force, and Health Insurer Council, which consider these issues in more detail than the full committee.

Recent Activity

ArticleNov 18, 2020 - 3:15pm

Together We Are Stronger

Although short in length, Section 3608 of the CARES Act is a powerful tool for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans. Congress recognized that in these uncertain times, employers were facing a dilemma: make pension contributions (for obligations that won’t be due in years) or make payroll and other short term costs.

Issue BriefOct 14, 2020 - 11:30am

CRS Report: Policy Options for Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

On October 14th, the Congressional Research Service released a report regarding policy options for multiemployer defined benefit plans. Please use the link above to read the full report. 

CommentOct 01, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Letter to Treasury & IRS on Remote Notarization

Edward KillenActing CommissionerTax Exempt and Governmental Entities Division999 N. Capitol Street, NWWashington, DC 20224 Carol WeiserBenefits Tax CounselU.S. Department of the Treasury1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20220

EventSep 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Erasing the Stigma

Erasing the Stigma: Ending the Opioid Epidemic

Please join us for a convening of government and private sector stakeholders to share public-private strategic solutions to end the addiction crisis.

CommentSep 21, 2020 - 1:00pm

Comments to DOL Regarding Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers

Office of Regulatiosn and Interpretations,Employee Benefit Security AdministrationRoom N-5655U.S. Department of Labor200 Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DC 20201Re: Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers, RIN 1210-AB94

ArticleSep 08, 2020 - 12:00pm

Congressional Inaction Costs Our Businesses and Our Jobs

“The most threatening issue to our company’s survival beyond 2020 may not be the pandemic, oil shocks, or civil unrest, but the failure to support and reform the multiemployer pension system.”

Letters to CongressSep 02, 2020 - 11:45am

Coalition Letter on Multiemployer Pension Crisis

September 2, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, SpeakerU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority LeaderU.S. SenateWashington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority LeaderU.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. 20515

CommentAug 31, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Comment Letter to Treasury and IRS re: Contribution Due Date Under CARES ACT Section 3608

Mr. Stephen TackneyDeputy Associate Chief CounselTax Exempt and Government Entities [TE/GE]Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and EmploymentTaxes)Internal Revenue Service1111 Constitution Ave NWWashington, DC 20224 RE: Contribution Due Date Under CARES ACT Section 360 8 Dear Mr. Tackney:

EventAug 13, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Strengthening Coverage: The Future of Employer-Sponsored Insurance

Please join us for a discussion with business and policy leaders from across the country on the evolution of the employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) market and the future of this important coverage option for 180 million Americans. During the event we will unveil new research insights into the impact of a public option or Medicare buy-in on employees’ coverage.

CommentJul 22, 2020 - 11:15am

Comments to DOL Regarding Prohibited Transactions Involving Pooled Employer Plans.

Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefit Security AdministrationRoom N -5655U.S. Department of Labor200 Constitution Avenue NWWashington, DC 20201 Re: Prohibited Transactions Involving Pooled Employer Plans Under the SECURE Act andOther Multiple Employer Plans –RIN: 1210 –ZA28 To Whom It May Concern: