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Publication of Year 2000 Form M-1

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AGENCY:

Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION:

Notice on the availability of the Year 2000 Form M-1.

SUMMARY:

This document announces the availability of the Year 2000 Form M-1, Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements and Certain Entities Claiming Exception. A copy of this new form is attached.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Amy Turner, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Department of Labor, at (202) 219-7006.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Form M-1 is required to be filed under section 101(g)(h) [1] and section 734 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), and 29 CFR 2520.101-2.

II. The Year 2000 Form M-1

This document announces the availability of the Year 2000 Form M-1, Annual Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Certain Entities Claiming Exception (ECEs). A copy of this new form is attached.

This year's Form M-1 has been revised to incorporate clarifications already published by the Department of Labor's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) in question-and-answer guidance with respect to the 1999 Form M-1. In addition, the filing deadlines for the Year 2000 Form M-1 are different from those for the Year 1999 Form M-1. Specifically, the Year 2000 Form M-1 is generally due March 1, 2001, with an extension until May 1, 2001 available. These Year 2000 deadlines were also previously published; they are included in the Department of Labor's regulations implementing the Form M-1 filing requirement and they were set forth in last year's Form M-1.

PWBA is committed to working together with administrators to help them comply with this filing requirement. Additional copies of the Form M-1 are available on the Internet at: http://www.dol.gov/​dol/​pwba. In addition, after printing, copies will be available by calling the PWBA toll-free publication hotline at 1-800-998-7542. Questions on completing the form are being directed to the PWBA help desk at (202) 219-8770.

Statutory Authority

Sec. 29 U.S.C. 1024, 1027, 1059, 1132(c)(5), 1135, 1171-1173, 1181-1183, 1191-1194; Sec. 101, Pub. L. 104-191, 101 Stat. 1936 (29 U.S.C. 1181); Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-87, 52 FR 13139, April 21, 1987.

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Signed at Washington, DC, this 29th day of November, 2000.

Alan D. Lebowitz,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

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Footnotes

1.  Both the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-188) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-191) created a new section 101(g) of ERISA. Accordingly, section 101(g) of ERISA that relates to reporting by certain arrangements is referred to in this document as section 101(g)(h) of ERISA.

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