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DOL announces 2019 adjusted penalty amounts for several benefits-related violations

The DOL has announced the 2019 annual adjustments to the civil monetary penalties for a wide range of benefits-related violations: Form 5500 - maximum penalty for failing to file increases from $2140 to $2194 per day the filing is late. Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) - maximum penalty for failing to provide the SBC increases from $1128 to $1156 per failure. Violations of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) may result in penalties of $117 per participant per day (increase from $114). Failure to disclose availability of Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) assistance may result in penalties of $117 per participant per day (increase from $114). 401(k) non-compliance - penalties have increased for the following: failure to provide preemption notice to participants of plans with automatic contribution arrangements increased from $1693 to $1736 per day; failing to provide blackout notices or notices of diversification rights increase from $136 to $139 per day; failure to comply with ERISA recordkeeping and reporting requirements increased from $29 to $30 per employee.

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