IFRS Standard: IAS 19 Employee benefits

The objective of IAS 19 is to prescribe the accounting and disclosure for employee benefits. IAS 19 requires an entity to recognise: (a) a liability when an employee has provided service in exchange for employee benefits to be paid in the future; and (b) an expense when the entity consumes the economic benefit arising from service provided by an employee in exchange for employee benefits.

IAS 19 Ojective and Scope

Objective

1 The objective of this Standard is to prescribe the accounting and disclosure for employee benefits. The Standard requires an entity to recognise:

  1. a liability when an employee has provided service in exchange for employee benefits to be paid in the future; and
  2. an expense when the entity consumes the economic benefit arising from service provided by an
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IAS 19 Definitions

8 The following terms are used in this Standard with the meanings specified:

Definitions of employee benefits

Employee benefits are all forms of consideration given by an entity in exchange for service rendered by employees or for the termination of employment.

Short-term employee benefits are employee benefits (other than termination benefits) that are expected to be settled wholly before …

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IAS 19 Short-term employee benefits

9 Short-term employee benefits include items such as the following, if expected to be settled wholly before twelve months after the end of the annual reporting period in which the employees render the related services:

  1. wages, salaries and social security contributions;
  2. paid annual leave and paid sick leave;
  3. profit-sharing and bonuses; and
  4. non-monetary benefits (such as medical care, housing, cars
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IAS 19 Recognition and measurement short term benefits

All short-term employee benefits

11 When an employee has rendered service to an entity during an accounting period, the entity shall recognise the undiscounted amount of short-term employee benefits expected to be paid in exchange for that service:

  1. as a liability (accrued expense), after deducting any amount already paid. If the amount already paid exceeds the undiscounted amount of the
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IAS 19 Disclosure Short-term employee benefits

25 Although this Standard does not require specific disclosures about short-term employee benefits, other IFRSs may require disclosures. For example, IAS 24 requires disclosures about employee benefits for key management personnel. IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements requires disclosure of employee benefits expense.…

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IAS 19 Defined contribution and defined benefit plans

Post-employment benefits: distinction between defined contribution plans and defined benefit plans

26 Post-employment benefits include items such as the following:

  1. retirement benefits (eg pensions and lump sum payments on retirement); and
  2. other post-employment benefits, such as post-employment life insurance and post-employment medical care.

Arrangements whereby an entity provides post-employment benefits are post-employment benefit plans. An entity applies this …

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IAS 19 Multi-employer plans

32 An entity shall classify a multi-employer plan as a defined contribution plan or a defined benefit plan under the terms of the plan (including any constructive obligation that goes beyond the formal terms).

33 If an entity participates in a multi-employer defined benefit plan, unless paragraph 34 applies, it shall:

  1. account for its proportionate share of the defined benefit
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IAS 19 Defined benefit plans under common control

Defined benefit plans that share risks between entities under common control

40 Defined benefit plans that share risks between entities under common control, for example, a parent and its subsidiaries, are not multi-employer plans.

41 An entity participating in such a plan shall obtain information about the plan as a whole measured in accordance with this Standard on the …

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IAS 19 State plans

43 An entity shall account for a state plan in the same way as for a multi-employer plan (see paragraphs 32–39).

44 State plans are established by legislation to cover all entities (or all entities in a particular category, for example, a specific industry) and are operated by national or local government or by another body (for example, an autonomous …

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IAS 19 Insured benefits

46 An entity may pay insurance premiums to fund a post-employment benefit plan. The entity shall treat such a plan as a defined contribution plan unless the entity will have (either directly, or indirectly through the plan) a legal or constructive obligation either:

  1. to pay the employee benefits directly when they fall due; or
  2. to pay further amounts if the
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