An Important Note to Employers
Effective January 1, 2017, the Screen Actors Guild–Producers Health Plan and the AFTRA Health Fund were merged to create the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. Employers and their paying agents should continue to follow current procedures when remitting contributions and reporting earnings.
In late 2017, any employers remitting contributions under SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) will be required to submit remittance reports and contributions to a central repository for contributions which will be maintained by the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. The Health Plan will be responsible for directing remittance records and contributions to the respective pension plans on behalf of the employers in accordance with the CBAs, as applicable.
For more information, read the memo sent to employers in September.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Transition
1. What do I need to know about upcoming changes to reporting and contributions?
Effective December 1, 2017, employers remitting contributions under any SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) will be required to submit all remittance reports and contributions directly to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan.
2. Why are these changes happening?
On January 1, 2017, the SAG-Producers Health Plan and the AFTRA Health Plan merged to form the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. In an effort to streamline the reporting and contributions process for employers and create a single point of entry for all employer reports, effective December 1, 2017, all remittances should be sent to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan using the online Contributions Manager.
3. What is the Contributions Manager?
The Contributions Manager is the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan’s online site for employers to upload reports and earnings information. Details including launch date, registration information and “how-to” guides will be made available via this website and sent to you in the coming months. All employers will be expected to use the Contributions Manager as of December 1, 2017.
4. How will the AFTRA Retirement Fund or SAG-Producers Pension Plan receive the pension portions of the contribution?
Upon receipt of the contributions, the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan will direct remittance records and contributions to the respective pension plans on behalf of contributing employers.
5. How should I submit earnings information and contribution payments?
As of December 1, 2017, employers are asked to use the online Contributions Manager for uploading reports and earnings information to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. You will have the option of paying your contributions via secure electronic funds transfer, submitting a paper check via mail, or by wire transfer. More information about the Contributions Manager, including instructions on how to register and upload reports will be made available over the coming months.
6. To whom should I submit reports and contributions for work performed prior to December 1, 2017, but reported December 1st?
All remittance reports and contribution checks or wire transfers sent on or after December 1, 2017, should be directed to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan, regardless of when the work was performed. Simply use the Contributions Manager to submit the earnings and contributions electronically.
7. After December 1, 2017, what if I have adjustments for earnings reports that were originally sent prior to December 1?
If you have adjustments that apply to information sent to the AFTRA Retirement Fund prior to December 1, please send those adjustments to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. Your adjustment will be processed and passed to the AFTRA Retirement Fund. Prior to December 1, 2017, you should send adjustments to the Fund or Plan to which the earnings were originally reported.
8. I’ve never submitted to the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. Where can I get the W-9 for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan?
The W-9 for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan is available here.
9. I report on behalf of a station. What information do I need to submit?
The information requirements for submitting on behalf of a station include basic demographics, wage, contribution, and station (call letters) information. The submission process on the Contributions Manager will walk you through the required information.
10. I have other questions, who can I contact?
Please contact our Contributions Management department at (818) 973-4472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.