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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|On or after 1 January 2023||IAS 19 2020 Issued Standards and Amendments to IFRS 17*
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|1 January 2019 – 31 December 2020
||IAS 19 2020 Required Standards
||Includes amendment 2
|1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018
||IAS 19 2018 Required Standards
||Does not include amendments
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The following interpretation refers to IAS 19
- As part of its Disclosure Initiative the Board has added a targeted Standards-level review of disclosure requirements to its work plan. The project involves developing guidance to be used by the Board when drafting new disclosure requirements. IAS 19 has been selected as one of two Standards that will be used to test the new guidance. An exposure draft is expected in the first half of 2021.
- The Board has added a narrow scope research project to its agenda on pension benefits that depend on returns from a specified pool of assets. The aim of the project is to assess whether it would be feasible to eliminate inconsistency in the measurement of a defined benefit liability in these circumstances.
This page was last updated 25 January 2021