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Title 29Subtitle BChapter XLSubchapter J → Part 4245


Title 29: Labor


PART 4245—DUTIES OF PLAN SPONSOR OF AN INSOLVENT PLAN


Contents
§4245.1   Purpose, scope, and filing and issuance rules.
§4245.2   Definitions.
§4245.3   Notice of insolvency.
§4245.4   Contents of notice of insolvency.
§4245.5   Notice of insolvency benefit level.
§4245.6   Contents of notice of insolvency benefit level.
§4245.7   Successor plan.
§4245.8   Financial assistance.

Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3), 1341a, 1431, 1426(e).

Source: 61 FR 34115, July 1, 1996, unless otherwise noted.

§4245.1   Purpose, scope, and filing and issuance rules.

(a) Purpose and scope. This part prescribes insolvency notice requirements and financial assistance requirements pertaining to critical status plans. Plan sponsors of plans that have terminated by mass withdrawal under section 4041A(a)(2) of ERISA are required to file and issue similar insolvency notices under part 4281 of this chapter and withdrawal liability and actuarial valuation information under part 4041A of this chapter.

(b) Filing and issuance rules—(1) Method of filing. Filing with PBGC under this part must be made by a method permitted under the rules in subpart A of part 4000 of this chapter.

(2) Method of issuance. The issuance of the required notices to interested parties under this part must be made by one of the following methods—

(i) A method permitted under the rules in subpart B of part 4000 of this chapter.

(ii) For interested parties other than participants and beneficiaries in pay status or reasonably expected to enter pay status during the insolvency year for which the notice is given, and other than alternate payees, the plan sponsor may post the notice at participants' work sites or publish the notice in a union newsletter or in a newspaper of general circulation in the area or areas where participants reside. Except with respect to an alternate payee, notice to a participant is deemed notice to that participant's beneficiary or beneficiaries.

(3) Filing and issuance dates. The date that a filing is sent and the date that an issuance is provided are determined under the rules in subpart C of part 4000 of this chapter.

(4) Where to file. Filings with PBGC under this part must be made as described in §4000.4 of this chapter.

(5) Computation of time. The time period for filing or issuance under this part must be computed under the rules in subpart D of part 4000 of this chapter.

[84 FR 18724, May 2, 2019]

§4245.2   Definitions.

The following terms are defined in §4001.2 of this chapter: Employer, ERISA, IRS, multiemployer plan, nonforfeitable benefit, PBGC, person, plan, and plan year. In addition, for purposes of this part:

Actuarial valuation means a report submitted to a plan of a valuation of plan assets and liabilities that is performed in accordance with subpart B of part 4281 of this chapter.

Available resources means available resources as described in section 4245(b)(3) of ERISA.

Benefits subject to reduction means those benefits accrued under plan amendments (or plans) adopted after March 26, 1980, or under collective bargaining agreements entered into after March 26, 1980, that are not eligible for PBGC's guarantee under section 4022A(b) of ERISA.

Financial assistance means financial assistance from PBGC under section 4261 of ERISA.

Insolvency benefit level means the greater of the resource benefit level or the benefit level guaranteed by PBGC for each participant and beneficiary in pay status.

Insolvency year means insolvency year as described in section 4245(b)(4) of ERISA.

Insolvent means unable to pay benefits when due during the plan year.

Interested parties means, with respect to a plan—

(1) Employers required to contribute to the plan;

(2) Employee organizations that, for collective bargaining purposes, represent plan participants employed by such employers; and

(3) Plan participants and beneficiaries.

Reasonably expected to enter pay status means, with respect to plan participants and beneficiaries, persons (other than those in pay status) who, according to plan records, are disabled, have applied for benefits, or have reached or will reach during the applicable period the normal retirement age under the plan, and any others whom it is reasonable for the plan sponsor to expect to enter pay status during the applicable period.

Resource benefit level means resource benefit level as described in section 4245(b)(2) of ERISA.

[61 FR 34115, July 1, 1996, as amended at 84 FR 18724, May 2, 2019]

§4245.3   Notice of insolvency.

(a) Requirement of notice. The plan sponsor of a plan that determines that the plan is insolvent in the current plan year or is expected to be insolvent in the next plan year must file with PBGC a notice of insolvency containing the information described in §4245.4(a) and must issue to interested parties a notice of insolvency containing the information described in §4245.4(b). Once notices of insolvency with respect to a plan have been provided as required, no notices of insolvency need be provided with respect to the plan for any subsequent plan year. A notice of insolvency may be combined with a notice of insolvency benefit level under §4245.5 for the same plan year.

(b) When to provide notice. The plan sponsor must provide the notices of insolvency under paragraph (a) of this section at the time described in §4281.43(b) of this chapter.

[84 FR 18724, May 2, 2019]

§4245.4   Contents of notice of insolvency.

(a) Notice to PBGC. A notice of insolvency under §4245.3 required to be filed with PBGC must contain the information and certification specified in the notice of insolvency instructions on PBGC's website (www.pbgc.gov).

(b) Notices to interested parties. A notice of insolvency under §4245.3 required to be given to interested parties must contain all of the following information—

(1) The information set forth in §4281.44(b)(1) through (4) of this chapter.

(2) The estimated total amount of annual benefit payments under the plan (determined without regard to the insolvency) for the insolvency year.

(3) The estimated amount of the plan's available resources for the insolvency year.

[84 FR 18724, May 2, 2019]

§4245.5   Notice of insolvency benefit level.

(a) Requirement of notice. The plan sponsor of an insolvent plan must file with PBGC and issue to interested parties notices of insolvency benefit level containing the information described in §4245.6 in each of the following circumstances—

(1) For the initial insolvency year, provide the notices of insolvency benefit level to PBGC and to interested parties.

(2) For any insolvency year following the initial insolvency year—

(i) If there is a change in the insolvency benefit level that affects plan payees generally, provide the notices of insolvency benefit level to PBGC and to plan payees (which, for purposes of this section, means participants and beneficiaries in pay status or reasonably expected to enter pay status during the insolvency year).

(ii) If there is a change in the insolvency benefit level that affects only one plan payee or a class of plan payees but not plan payees generally (treating commencement of a person's benefits for this purpose as a change in the insolvency benefit level for that person), provide the notices of insolvency benefit level to PBGC and to each affected plan payee.

(b) Combined notices. The plan sponsor may combine a notice of insolvency benefit level and a notice of insolvency under §4245.3 for the same plan year.

(c) When to provide notice. The plan sponsor must provide the required notices under this section at the time described in §4281.45(c) of this chapter.

[84 FR 18724, May 2, 2019]

§4245.6   Contents of notice of insolvency benefit level.

(a) Notice to PBGC. A notice of insolvency benefit level under §4245.5(a) required to be filed with PBGC must contain the information and certification specified in the notice of insolvency benefit level instructions on PBGC's website (www.pbgc.gov).

(b) Notices to interested parties other than participants and beneficiaries in or entering pay status. A notice of insolvency benefit level under §4245.5(a) required to be delivered to interested parties, other than to participants and beneficiaries in pay status or reasonably expected to enter pay status during the insolvency year, must include all of the following information—

(1) The name of the plan.

(2) The plan year for which the notice is issued.

(3) The estimated amount of annual benefit payments under the plan (determined without regard to the insolvency) for the insolvency year.

(4) The estimated amount of the plan's available resources for the insolvency year.

(5) The amount of financial assistance, if any, requested from PBGC.

(c) Notices to participants and beneficiaries in or entering pay status. A notice of insolvency benefit level under §4245.5(a) required to be delivered to participants and beneficiaries in pay status or reasonably expected to enter pay status during the insolvency year for which the notice is given must include the information set forth in §4281.46(b)(1) through (7) of this chapter.

[84 FR 18725, May 2, 2019]

§4245.7   Successor plan.

The plan sponsor of a successor plan created by a partition order under §4233.14 of this chapter must issue to participants and beneficiaries any notice required under the partition order and is not required to file or issue notices under §4245.3 or §4245.5.

[84 FR 18725, May 2, 2019]

§4245.8   Financial assistance.

(a) Application for financial assistance. If the plan sponsor of a plan determines that the plan's resource benefit level for an insolvency year is below the level of benefits guaranteed by PBGC or that the plan will be unable to pay guaranteed benefits when due for any month during the year, the plan sponsor must apply to PBGC for financial assistance pursuant to section 4261 of ERISA and in accordance with §4281.47 of this chapter.

(b) Actuarial valuations and withdrawal liability. The plan sponsor of an insolvent plan or a terminated plan that is expected to become insolvent under section 4245 of ERISA must—

(1) File withdrawal liability information with PBGC in accordance with §4041A.23 of this chapter. The filing under §4041A.23(b) of this chapter must be not later than 180 days after the earlier of the end of the plan year in which the plan becomes insolvent or terminates and each plan year thereafter.

(2) Have performed and file with PBGC actuarial valuations in accordance with §4041A.24 of this chapter, except that if a plan is not terminated, the termination year valuation under §4041A.24(a)(1) of this chapter must be performed for the plan for the plan year in which the plan becomes insolvent.

[84 FR 18725, May 2, 2019]

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