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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy and providing health care and retirement benefits to tens of millions of Americans and their families, Business Roundtable members are committed to improving the affordability and quality of the nation’s health and retirement security systems.

Business Roundtable Amicus Brief in CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese

On November 6, 2017, Business Roundtable, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the American Benefits Council filed an amicus brief in CNH Industrial N.V. v. Reese, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review an important case involving retiree health benefits.

Key Stats on Health & Retirement

Whether it be in the context of private enterprise or public policy, Business Roundtable CEOs believe that sound decisions must be grounded in the facts.  Our commitment to evidence-based, data-driven decision making is embodied in the Business Roundtable Data Monitors — a suite of executive-style dashboards that illustrate key data points and trends in various areas of public policy.

Health Benefits: Providing Value for Our Employees

This report demonstrates many different ways employers are helping to drive a health care system that delivers better health care quality and value.

BRT Amicus Brief Backs Employee Wellness Programs in EEOC v. Flambeau

Despite numerous statutory and regulatory provisions that provide employer-sponsored wellness programs a "safe harbor" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the position that otherwise compliant programs violate the ADA if the employer incentives are so strong that the health assessments and screenings could be considered coercively “mandatory.” As a result, the EEOC has pursued legal action against companies on the theory that their programs are not “voluntary.”

Business Leaders Reiterate Commitment to Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

The wellness programs many leading employers have put in place are making progress in helping employees and their families be healthier and better understand potential risk factors.

Access to Retirement and Investment Advice is Critical

Business Roundtable President John Engler today released the following statement in response to a new regulation issued by the Department of Labor that would redefine “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act:

More Time to Get Health Care Right

Congress took an important step for employees and employers alike with its passing of an omnibus spending bill and tax extenders legislation. With a suspension of the 40 percent tax on high-value health care benefit plans, the House and Senate prevented the higher costs and more limited benefits that this so-called Cadillac tax would have caused.

BRT Applauds Congress for Preserving Health Benefits

Congress and the Administration will now have the time to work to preserve critical reforms made by employers before the Affordable Care Act was ever passed.

Congress Embraces Economic Growth in Year-End Legislation

As Congress wraps up business for 2015, it's recording major, pro-growth successes in the omnibus spending bill and the tax extenders legislation. From the lifting the ban on oil exports to a variety of renewed and even permanent tax provisions, members of Congress have stepped up on behalf of U.S. employers and employees, adopting many of the policies that  Business Roundtable has made priorities.(See our economic growth agenda, Achieving America’s Full Potential.)

PwC v. Laurent Amicus Brief

Business Roundtable, the American Benefits Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supporting PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s petition for U.S. Supreme Court review of Laurent v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.


Committee Priorities

Business Roundtable members want to ensure that future generations of American retirees can enjoy peace of mind in retirement. They support proposals to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, improve their finances and preserve their benefits for current and future retirees.

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Changes are needed to the Affordable Care Act to reduce the complexity of compliance and the costs. These changes should start with eliminating unnecessary and duplicative requirements, fees and taxes on medical devices, insurance plans and pharmaceuticals.

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Business Roundtable members are committed to offering benefits that help empower employees, giving them tools and resources to lead healthier lives.

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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which Business Roundtable strongly supports, provides the legal authority that permits employers to manage health care and retirement plans for employees in locations across the country without 50 states imposing separate requirements.

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Business Roundtable supports policies that will create value for all consumers of health care services, including expanding the use of health information technology; dissemination of consumer information on cost and quality of health care; and promotion of changing payments by public and private payers, including Medicare, to reward value of services provided, not volume.

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Business Roundtable supports enacting medical liability reform to ensure that patients do not lose access to physicians and a full range of health care services. These reforms include revising tort laws, developing alternative mechanisms to resolve claims and continuing support for the use of appropriate medical practice guidelines.

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Business Roundtable supports tax policy with stable incentives to contribute to defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.

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