The Department of Labor says a meeting of the advisory council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, known as the ERISA Advisory Council, will take place Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the department in Washington.

Council members plan to discuss reports and recommendations on issues relating to disability benefits for participants in defined contribution plans, current challenges and best practices concerning beneficiary designations in retirement and life insurance plans, and examining income replacement during retirement years in a defined contribution plan system.

Organizations and members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so through Tuesday by emailing them to Larry Good, at as an attachment to the email in text or PDF form, not in the body of an email. Personally identifiable information (such as a name, address or other contact information) and confidential business information should not be included, as it will be publicly disclosed.

Statements deemed relevant by the council will be included in the record of the meeting and made available in the Employee Benefits Security Administration's Public Disclosure Room at the Labor Department.

Individuals and representatives of organizations wishing to address the council also should submit their requests by Tuesday to the executive secretary using the same information above or by calling 202-693-8668. Oral presentations will be limited to 10 minutes, time permitting, but an extended written statement may be submitted for the record.

More information about the council and the topics to be discussed at the Sept. 25 meeting are available here.

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