Business Insurance - _Benefits Management en-us Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:38:42 EST 10 Women pay more than men for health care benefits: Mercer 20141024/NEWS03/141029856 Women pay more for health benefits and receive less coverage, according to researchers at Mercer L.L.C. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:40:41 EST IRS allows use of annuities in target-date fund series 20141024/NEWS03/141029857 The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said defined contribution plans’ use of a target-date fund series containing deferred annuities won’t violate IRS rules against DC plans discriminating in favor of higher paid employees, as long as other... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:33:22 EST Daughters of Charity Health System church plan challenged 20141024/NEWS03/141029859 Another church-affiliated hospital system is being sued by employees challenging its defined benefit plan’s exemption from federal pension law. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:39:01 EST Senators want rules on corporate pension de-risking 20141023/NEWS03/141029878 The chairmen of two Senate committees are asking the heads of several federal agencies to develop guidance on one of the hottest defined benefit pension plan trends: employer moves to “de-risk” the plans. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:36:42 EST IRS announces maximum 401(k) plan contribution limits for 2015 20141023/NEWS03/141029890 The maximum contribution that can be made to 401(k) plans in 2015 will rise to $18,000, up from the current $17,500 limit, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:55:09 EST Ryder latest firm to offer lump-sum cash conversion from annuity 20141023/NEWS03/141029891 Ryder System Inc. is offering to about 11,000 former employees the opportunity to convert their monthly annuity benefit to a cash lump-sum benefit. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:50:25 EST Humana looks to sell urgent care subsidiary Concentra: Sources 20141022/NEWS03/141029904 (Reuters) — Health insurer Humana Inc. is exploring a sale of its urgent care subsidiary Concentra in a deal that could value it at around $1 billion, according to three people familiar with the matter. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:56:30 EST New Orleans mayor creates pension reform group to sustain firefighters plan 20141022/NEWS03/141029906 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an executive order establishing a pension reform working group to recommend changes to the New Orleans Fire Fighters Pension & Relief Fund. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:48:20 EST Lockheed Martin to forgo pension contributions in 2015 through 2017 20141022/NEWS03/141029911 Lockheed Martin Corp. announced Tuesday it has contributed $1 billion in contributions to its defined benefit plans thus far in 2014 out of an expected $2 billion and does not expect to make further contributions for at least three more years. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:48:54 EST Colorado high court upholds COLA reduction for state pension fund 20141021/NEWS03/141029962 The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that the reduction to cost-of-living adjustments for Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association members approved under earlier legislation was constitutional, court documents show. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:09:34 EST