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IAS 19 Employee Benefits

IAS 19 Employee Benefits prescribes the accounting and disclosure by employers for all employee benefits, including wages and salaries, bonuses, paid annual leave, pensions and termination benefits.

Published February 1998. Effective 1 January 1999. Amended 2011. Effective 1 January 2013.

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IAS 19 prescribes the accounting treatment of short-term employee benefits, post employment benefits, other long-term employee benefits and termination benefits.

  • Short term benefits owing to an employee at the period end should be accrued.
  • Defined contribution pension scheme contributions should be recognised in profit or loss.
  • The present value of defined benefit pension scheme obligations less the fair value of scheme assets should be shown in the statement of financial position. The movement in the value of the scheme is split into its constituent parts and each accounted for separately. Remeasurements including actuarial gains and losses are recognised as other comprehensive income.
  • Other long-term benefits are dealt with in a similar, albeit simpler, way to pension schemes.
  • Termination benefits are accrued where an entity is demonstrably committed to both the termination and the provision of termination benefits.

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The following interpretation refers to IAS 19

Current proposals

1. ED/2021/3 Disclosure Requirements in IFRS Standards - A Pilot Approach was issued in March 2021. It includes draft guidance to be used by the Board when developing new disclosure requirements. IAS 19 is one of two Standards being used to test the guidance and as such the ED also includes proposed amendments to IAS 19. The proposals include:

  • An overall disclosure objective that requires an entity to disclose information allowing users to assess the effect of each type of employee benefit on financial position, financial performance and cash flows;
  • Information to allow users to evaluate the risks and uncertainties associated with defined benefit plans;
  • Specific information about defined benefit plan, including components of amounts in the primary financial statements relating to this type of plan and significant actuarial assumptions.

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This page was last updated 30 August 2022.