Monday, December 28, 2009

US Labor Department publishes 2009 Form M-1 for multiple employer welfare arrangements

/PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today announced the availability of the 2009 Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs). Plan administrators may use EBSA's online filing system to expedite processing of the form.

MEWAs generally are arrangements that offer medical benefits to the employees of two or more employers or to their beneficiaries. The filing deadline for the 2009 Form M-1 is March 1, 2010. However, administrators can request an automatic 60-day extension to May 3, 2010. The 2009 form is basically identical to the previous year's form.

The online filing system is available on EBSA's Web site at http://www.askebsa.dol.gov/mewa. It allows a filer the flexibility to complete the form in multiple sessions, print a copy for his or her records and submit it at no cost. The Web site includes a user manual, frequently asked questions and a link to submit questions electronically.

Technical assistance for the online filing system is available by calling 202-693-8600. Information about the Form M-1 and how to fill it out is available on the Web site or by calling 202-693-8360. Paper copies of the form are available at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa (click on Forms and Filing) or by calling EBSA toll-free at 866-444-3272. A notice about the 2009 Form M-1 is in today's edition of the Federal Register.

U.S. Department of Labor releases are accessible on the Internet at www.dol.gov. The information in this news release will be made available in alternate format (large print, Braille, audio tape or disc) from the COAST office upon request. Please specify which news release when placing your request at 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755. The Labor Department is committed to providing America's employers and employees with easy access to understandable information on how to comply with its laws and regulations. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/compliance.

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