Ind AS 19, Employee Benefits | Difference Between AS 15 and IndAS 19

Ind AS 19

Ind AS 19, Employee Benefits are all forms of consideration given by an entity in exchange for service rendered by employees or for the termination of employment.

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

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

This Standard shall be applied by an employer in accounting for all employee benefits, except those to which Ind AS 102, Share-based Payment, applies.

Short-term employee benefits

Short-term employee benefits are employee benefits (other than termination benefits) that are expected to  be  settled wholly before twelve months after  the end of the annual reporting period in which the employees render the related services.

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:

  • as a liability (accrued expense), after deducting any amount already paid. If the amount already paid exceeds the undiscounted amount of the benefits, an entity shall recognise that excess as an asset (prepaid expense) to the extent that the prepayment will lead to, for example, a reduction in future payments or a cash
  • as an expense, unless another Ind AS requires or permits the inclusion of the benefits in the cost of an asset (see, for example, Ind AS 2, Inventories, and Ind AS 16, Property, Plant and Equipment).

Post-employment benefits

Post-employment benefits are employee benefits (other than termination benefits and short-term employee benefits) that are payable after the completion of employment. Post-employment benefit plans are formal or informal arrangements under which an entity provides post -employment benefits for one or more employees. Post-employment benefit plans are classified as either defined contribution plans or defined benefit plans, depending on the economic substance of the plan  as  derived  from  its principal terms and conditions.

Post-employment benefits: defined contribution plans

Defined contribution plans are post-employment benefit plans under which an entity pays fixed contributions into a separate entity (a fund) and will have  no legal or constructive obligation to pay further contributions if the fund does not hold sufficient assets to pay all employee benefits relating to employee service in the current and prior periods. Under defined contribution plans the entity’s legal or constructive obligation is limited to the amount that it agrees to contribute to the fund. Thus, the amount of the post -employment benefits received by the employee  is determined by the amount of contributions paid  by an entity (and perhaps also the employee) to a post-employment benefit plan or to an insurance company, together with investment  returns  arising from the contributions. In consequence, actuarial risk (t hat benefits will  be  less than expected) and investment risk (that assets invested will be  insufficient to meet expected benefits) fall, in substance, on the employee.

When an employee has rendered service to an entity during a period, the  entity shall recognise the contribution payable to a  defined contribution plan  in exchange for that service:

  • as a liability (accrued expense), after deducting any  contribution  already paid. If the contribution already paid exceeds the contribution due for service before the end of the reporting period, an entity shall recognise that excess as an asset (prepaid expense) to the extent that the prepayment will lead to, for example, a reduction in  future payments or a cash

as an expense, unless another Ind AS requires or permits the inclusion

of the contribution in the cost of an asset (see, for example, Ind AS 2  and Ind AS 16).

Post-employment benefits: defined benefit plans

Defined benefit plans are post-employment benefit plans other than defined contribution plans. Under defined benefit plans:

  • the entity’s obligation is to provide the agreed benefits to current and former employees; and
  • actuarial risk (that benefits will cost more than expected) and investment risk fall, in substance, on the entity. If  actuarial  or investment experience are worse than expected, the entity’s obligation may be increased

Accounting by an entity for defined benefit plans involves the following steps:

  • determining the deficit or This involves:
    • using an actuarial technique, the projected unit credit method, to make a reliable estimate of the ultimate cost to the entity of the benefit that employees have earned in return for their service in the current and prior periods. This requires an entity  to determine how much benefit is attributable to the current and prior periods and to make estimates (actuarial assumptions) about demographic variables (such as employee turnover and mortality) and financial variables (such as future increases in salaries and medical costs) that will affect the cost  of  the
    • discounting that benefit in order to determine  the present value of the defined benefit obligation and the current service
    • deducting the fair value of any plan assets from the  present value of the defined benefit
  • determining the amount of  the net defined benefit liability (asset) as   the amount of the deficit or surplus determined in (a), adjusted for any effect of limiting a net defined benefit asset to the asset ceiling. (Asset ceiling is defined as present value of any economic benefit available in the form of refunds from the plan or reduction in future contributions to the plan).
  • determining amounts to be recognized in profit or loss:
    • current service
    • any past service cost and gain or loss on
    • net interest on the net defined benefit liability (asset).
  • determining the remeasurements of the net defined benefit liability (asset), to be recognised in other comprehensive income, comprising:
    • actuarial gains and losses;
    • return on plan assets, excluding amounts included  in  net interest on the net defined benefit liability (asset); and
    • any change in the effect of the asset ceiling (see paragraph 64), excluding amounts included in net interest on the net defined benefit liability (asset).

Where an entity has more than one defined benefit plan, the entity applies these procedures for each material plan separately.

Other long-term employee benefits

Other long-term employee benefits are all employee benefits other than short-term employee benefits, post-employment benefits and termination benefits.

The Standard does not require the measurement of  other  long -term employee benefits to the same degree of uncertainty as the measurement of post-employment benefits. The Standard requires a simplified method of accounting for other long-term employee benefits. Unlike the accounting required for post-employment benefits, this method does not recognise re- measurements in other comprehensive income.

Termination benefits

Termination benefits are employee benefits provided in exchange for the termination of an employee’s employment as a result of either:

  • an entity’s decision to terminate an employee’s employment before the normal retirement date; or
  • an employee’s decision to accept an offer of benefits in exchange for

An  entity shall  recognize a  liability and expense for termination benefits at  the earlier of the following dates:the termination of

  • when the entity can no longer withdraw the offer of those benefits; and
  • when the entity recognises costs for a restructuring that is within the scope of Ind AS 37 and involves the payment of termination benefits

Difference Between AS 15 and Ind AS 19

AS 15 IND AS 19
Under AS 15, employees include Whole time directors only. Under IND AS 19, employee includes all types of directors.
Under AS 15, actuarial gains and losses are to be recognised immediately in the statement of profit and loss. Ind AS 19 requires the recognition of the actuarial gains and losses in the statement of other comprehensive income. Further, the actuarial gains and losses, so recognised in other comprehensive income, should be recognised immediately in retained earnings and should not be reclassified in the statement of profit or loss of the subsequent period.
It does not deal with the same. Employee benefits arising from constructive obligations are also covered.
AS 15 always requires the use of market yield on government bonds. As per IND AS 19, the discount rate shall be determined w.r.t. the market yield on govt. bonds.

But, in case of subsidiaries, associates, joint ventures and branches domiciled outside India, the discount rate for calculating post employment benefit obligation should be determined w.r.t. market yield on high quality corporate bonds and in the absence of a deep market for such bonds, the government bonds shall be used.

AS 15 neither require nor encourages the entity to involve a qualified actuary for measurement of material post-employment benefits. Ind AS 19 encourages, but does not mandate an entity to involve a qualified actuary in the measurement of material post-employment benefit obligations.
AS 15 does not deal with it. Ind AS 19 deals with the situations where there is a contractual agreement between a multiemployer

plan and its participants, that determines how the surplus in the plan will be distributed to the participants or how the deficit will be funded.

AS 15 does not contain similar provisions. Participation in a defined benefit plan and thereby, sharing the risks, by various entities under common control, is a related party transaction for each group entity and some disclosures are required in the financial statements of such entities.
  There are differences in the following definitions between AS 15 and Ind AS 19:

  • short-term employee benefit
  • other long-term employee benefits
  • past service cost
AS 15 does not clarify the same. Ind AS 19 makes it clear that the Financial assumptions should be based on market expectations, at the balance sheet date, for the period over which the obligations are to be settled.
  More guidance has been given on the timing of recognition of termination benefits. The criteria for recognition of termination benefits is also different in IND AS 19, as compared to AS 15.

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