What's New - December 2015

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[12/1/15] Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Valuation of Benefits and Assets; Expected Retirement Age; Final rule [as published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2015 - Effective January 1, 2016]

[12/1/15] Milliman: Milliman 2015 Public Pension Funding Study

[12/1/15] PlanSponsor: “Shifting Demographics a Challenge for Multiemployer Plans

[12/1/15] MorningstarAdvisor: “Focus on the Workplace -- Small businesses can be a solution to closing the retirement gap.

[12/1/15] The Wall Street Journal: “Behavioral Economist Richard Thaler on the Key to Retirement Savings” [Note: A subscription may be required to view the full article.]

[12/1/15] NAPA Net: “Another Excessive Fee Suit Settled” [Anderson et al. v. Principal Life Insurance Co. et al.]

[12/1/15] HRO Today: “Coping with Cost Increases -- Organizations are turning to analytics platforms to help curb rising healthcare premiums and deliver better care options for employees.

[12/1/15] KHN Morning Briefing: “Senate Scheduled to Vote This Week on Obamacare Repeal


What's new at EBRI this month:

EBRI 2015 Spring Policy Forum: "Evidence on Defined Contribution Health and Retirement: The Road Ahead" [“gavel-to-gavel” webcast - Prerecorded broadcast available through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans]

EBRI 2014 Fall Policy Forum: “Measured Matters” [“gavel-to-gavel” webcast - Prerecorded broadcast available through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans]

EBRI's Recent Media Coverage

“EBRI Now on Twitter” [EBRI Press Release, 2/6/09]

401(k) Balances and Changes Due to Market Volatility


November 2015 EBRI Issue Brief - "Change in Household Spending After Retirement: Results from a Longitudinal Sample"

November 2015 EBRI Notes - "Views on the Value of Voluntary Workplace Benefits: Findings from the 2015 Health and Voluntary Workplace Benefits Survey" and "Evidence on Defined Contribution Health and Retirement Benefits: The Road Ahead"


What's new in employee benefits:

The following items have been added to the Government Accountability Office's Web site in Portable Document (PDF) format:

Social Security's Future: Answers to Key Questions. GAO-16-75SP, October 27.

Retirement Security: Federal Action Could Help State Efforts to Expand Private Sector Coverage. GAO-15-556, September 10. Highlights.

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015. GAO-15-687, August 10. Highlights.

401(K) Plans: Clearer Regulations Could Help Plan Sponsors Choose Investments for Participants. GAO-15-578, August 25. Highlights.

Pension Advance Transactions: Questionable Business Practices and the Federal Response, by Stephen Lord, managing director, forensic audits and investigative service, before the Senate Special Committee on Aging. GAO-15-846T, September 30. Highlights.


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Updated 12/1/15