Anne Meyer

Anne Meyer

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IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Determination Letter Program

As was previously announced in 2015, effective as of January 1, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is eliminating its five year staggered determination letter cycle for individually designed retirement plans. Plans in...more

8/3/2016 - Determination Letter Employee Benefits IRS Retirement Retirement Plan

Five Lawsuits Filed Against DOL’s Fiduciary Rule (so far)

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. Since 2010 when the DOL first...more

6/14/2016 - DOL Fiduciary Duty Fifth Amendment First Amendment Investment Adviser Retirement Plan Trade Associations

DOL Rules that Target Fiduciary Conflict of Interests May Impact Employee Plan Sponsors and Fiduciaries

“Middle class economics means that Americans should be able to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work. But loopholes in the retirement advice rules have allowed some brokers and other advisers to recommend products...more

5/20/2016 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Best Interest Contract Exemptions Conflicts of Interest DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

IRS: Don’t Answer All the 5500 Questions!

The 2015 Form 5500 added some new optional compliance questions for the 2015 Forms 5500 and 5500-SF. In December 2015, the IRS issued frequently asked questions on the new compliance questions and strongly encouraged plan...more

4/22/2016 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Form 5500 IRS OMB Retirement Plan

Supreme Court Provides Additional Clarity on Pleading Requirements for ERISA Stock Drop Cases

The Supreme Court has provided additional clarity on the Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer decision. In Dudenhoeffer, the Supreme Court held that a fiduciary decision to invest in employer stock is not deemed to be...more

3/8/2016 - Amgen v Harris ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer Pleading Standards SCOTUS Stock Drop Litigation

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates....more

12/11/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Deferred Compensation Disclosure Requirements Executive Compensation FASB ISS Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Private Equity Publicly-Traded Companies Section 409A Year-End Planning

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

12/8/2015 - 401k 403(b) Plans Benefit Plan Sponsors Defined Benefit Plans Defined Contribution Plans ERISA Qualified Retirement Plans Year-End Planning

Treasury Department and IRS Publish Final Hybrid Plan Regulations and Announce Extension of Required Amendment Date for Certain...

The Treasury Department and the IRS recently issued final regulations (the “2015 Final Regulations”) relating to hybrid retirement plans, including cash balance pension plans. The 2015 Final Regulations provide...more

11/30/2015 - Final Rules Hybrid Plan IRS Pension Plan Amendments Retirement Plan U.S. Treasury

2015 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Health & Welfare

As 2015 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

11/23/2015 - Affordable Care Act Benefit Plan Sponsors Cadillac Tax Cafeteria Plans Employer Group Health Plans FMLA HIPAA Large Employer PCORI Same-Sex Marriage Section 6055 Section 6056 Self-Insured Health Plans Shared Responsibility Rule Summary of Benefits and Coverage W-2 Wellness Programs Year-End Planning

Form 5500 Deadline is Quickly Approaching

As a reminder, the annual Form 5500 deadline is quickly approaching. Calendar year employee benefit plans that applied for an extension must file Forms 5500 by Thursday, October 15, 2015. The Form 5500 Annual...more

10/12/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL Employee Benefits Filing Deadlines Form 5500 IRS PBGC

IRS Announces Changes to Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Retirement Plans

In Announcement 2015-19, the IRS announced the elimination of the five year remedial amendment cycle for individually designed retirement plans effective as of January 1, 2017. This means that after January 1, 2017,...more

8/25/2015 - Compliance Determination Letter Document Review Employee Benefits IRS Retirement Retirement Plan U.S. Treasury

Electronic Self-Certification for Hardship Distributions is Not Sufficient

In its April 1, 2015 Employee Plans News, the IRS stated that defined contribution plan sponsors must maintain hardship distribution records and that plan sponsors cannot rely on electronic participant self-certification for...more

5/29/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Defined Contribution Plans Hardship Distributions IRS Recordkeeping Requirements

IRS Provides Relief for Correction of Elective Deferral Mistakes in 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently announced changes that make it significantly easier to correct employee deferral mistakes (also known as elective deferrals) in qualified retirement plans. The changes make modifications to the IRS’ Employee...more

4/13/2015 - 401k Benefit Plan Sponsors EPCRS IRS Qualified Retirement Plans

DOL Issues Final Rules on Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Plans

The Department of Labor recently issued final regulations implementing the annual funding notice that defined benefit plans are required to provide under Section 101(f) of ERISA. The final regulations are similar to the...more

2/16/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Defined Benefit Plans DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Pensions

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 3) Executive Compensation

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

12/4/2014 - Deferred Compensation Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Filing Deadlines ISS Year-End Planning

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

11/18/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Best Management Practices Employee Benefits Year-End Planning

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Health & Welfare

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the...more

11/4/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Employee Benefits Health and Welfare Plans Year-End Planning

Employee Benefits Update: Unanimous Supreme Court Issues ERISA Fiduciary Duty Opinion

On June 25, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, which is likely to change the future of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) stock drop litigation. ...more

7/15/2014 - Breach of Duty Employee Benefits ERISA ESOP Fiduciary Duty FIfth Third Bancorp v Dudenhoeffer SCOTUS US Bancorp

2013 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 1 – Executive Compensation

As 2013 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part one of the...more

11/25/2013 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Equity Compensation Executive Compensation Section 409A Year-End Planning

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Expands In-Plan Roth Conversions for Qualified Plans

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), more commonly known as the fiscal cliff legislation. Among other things, the Act amended the tax code to remove some of...more

1/23/2013 - 401k American Taxpayer Relief Act Fiscal Cliff IRS Retirement Plan Roth Conversions

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