The Employee Benefits Security Administration
(EBSA) provides many forms of compliance assistance, including voluntary
compliance programs, advisory opinions, and publications. They are compiled on
EBSA's Compliance Assistance Web
page. This compilation includes information specifically developed to
assist and inform employers and employee benefit plan practitioners in
understanding and complying with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) as they
apply to the administration of retirement plans. Much of the material is
specific and technical in nature. It is not intended to be the only source of
information necessary for employer-sponsored employee benefits plans to be in
Employers and plan practitioners may also benefit by reviewing
some of the more general materials available to the public at EBSA's
Consumer Information on Health
Plans Web page.
DOL Web Pages on This
Benefits-related Compliance Assistance
Compliance assistance resources
on health benefits.
Voluntary Compliance (DFVC)
Provides a description of the program that
reduces the monetary penalties for employee benefit plan administrators with
respect to plan filings to encourage voluntary compliance.
Correction Program (VFCP)
The voluntary compliance program is intended
to encourage self-correction of certain violations of ERISA and to protect the
financial security of retirement plans. This fact sheet describes the process
for making an application, the specific financial transactions covered,
acceptable methods for correcting violations, and examples of potential
violations and corrective actions.
ERISA Filing Acceptance
The EFAST system streamlines filing and processing of the
annual return/report forms through the use of computer scannable forms and
electronic filing technologies. This Web site provides assistance on using this