Welfare Benefit Plan ERISA News
June 2012

 
Is a Simple Cafeteria Plan Right for You?
This new type of cafeteria plan has been available since January 1, 2011. It allows eligible employers (generally those with 100 or fewer employees) to avoid three of nine burdensome nondiscrimination tests for cafeteria plans, health FSAs, and dependent care FSAs: the eligibility test, the contribution and benefits test, and the key employee concentration test. Additionally, certain of the nondiscrimination tests for the component benefit plans within the cafeteria plan are treated as satisfied.
A Simple Cafeteria Plan may be especially helpful for employers that have had difficulty passing testing and were forced to exclude "key employees" or "highly compensated employees," limit their benefits, and/or limit their pre-tax contributions. It may even allow employers to provide otherwise discriminatory benefits to top employees. However, Simple Cafeteria Plans require employers to make minimum contributions to non-highly compensated or non-key employees. See IRC §125 (j), IRS Publication 15-B, or this article for additional information.
ACA Creates Turbulence for Account-Based Plans
Employers continue to embrace consumer oriented account-based plans (e.g., FSAs, HRAs, and HSAs) to reign in health care costs. A number of issues must be addressed to remain in compliance as deadlines for mandates approach. (See 4th page of this article.)
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