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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Applicability of Normal Retirement Age to Governmental Pension Plans

In a change that would impact government employers with retirement plans, the IRS has proposed a rule to address whether the normal retirement age under a governmental plan satisfies the requirements to preserve...more

FICA Lawsuit Settles For Over $3 Million

I have previously blogged about a lawsuit brought by participants in a nonqualified deferred compensation plan where the employer failed to report and pay FICA (social security) taxes in the most tax advantageous way. The...more

Perspectives - February 2016

I Just Received Drafts of Construction Loan Documents from My Lender, Now What? I have heard the following statement many, many times over the course of my career: “Do I really need to hire an attorney to close a simple...more

Most Midyear Safe Harbor Plan Amendments Now Allowed

Many employers offering a retirement plan utilize a safe harbor 401(k) plan for the convenience and level of security afforded to the employer by its use. However, until recently, the IRS has not expressly permitted...more

ESMA Publishes Opinions on Pension Schemes To Be Exempt From EMIR Clearing Obligations

On February 2, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a set of opinions to exempt 16 UK-based pension schemes from clearing obligations contained in the European Market Infrastructure Regulation...more

Financial Services and Technology Companies Beware: The U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Has A Target on Your Back

The President released his 2017 budget this week. Budgets are aspirational documents that Congress rarely implements in full. The current acrimony between Congress and the Administration ensures that the President’s 2017...more

IRS Provides Welcome Guidance on Mid-Year Amendments to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-16 (the “Notice”), which permits most mid-year amendments to safe harbor 401(k) plans.  This is welcome news to sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans who, prior to the issuance of the...more

The Fight against a new Fiduciary Rule continues

It should come as no surprise that the Senate and the House of Representatives are trying to do their best to make sure that the Department of Labor (DOL) is thwarted with implementing a fiduciary rule for retirement plan and...more

2016 Trends #7: Renewed Focus on Boosting Whistleblower Rights and Squashing Retaliation

To help prepare compliance professionals for the year ahead, we’ve talked with industry experts, our colleagues at NAVEX Global, and ethics and compliance professionals from our more than 12,500 client organizations to gather...more

IRS releases guidance on mid-year amendments to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

A few years back, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official opined that the IRS would not look favorably on safe harbor 401(k) plan making any amendments mid-year except in some circumstances such changing a trustee,...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

February and March 2016 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties. To avoid such...more

ERISA (5th Circuit): Are There Exceptions to the Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Requirement

You already know that claimants with a denied claim must submit an appeal and exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit. But are phone calls sufficient to trigger the appeal process?...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Regulation – One Step Closer to Final

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) controversial fiduciary regulation, which will subject a multitude of new financial market participants to strict fiduciary requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of...more

EEOC to Collect Pay Data from Large Firms - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - The EEOC has announced plans to collect employee compensation information from firms with 100 or more employees. - The EEOC’s announcement is just the latest regulatory...more

Third Circuit Holds Companies in Bankruptcy Can Reject Expired CBAs

In a ruling that comes as a blow to organized labor and a boon to employers in bankruptcy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently broke new appellate ground in holding that Section 1113 of the Bankruptcy...more

The Problems with 403(b) Plans

I always say that as bad as 401(k) plans may be, 403(b) plans are in much worse shape. It didn’t help that the Internal Revenue Service only issued regulations that governed them only 30 years too late, back in 2008. It also...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision Affect Your Employee Benefit Plans?

The short answer: No plan amendments are required, but certain plan amendments and operational changes are permitted, and certain operational changes may be required....more

3rd Circuit Affirms Dismissal in Long-Running Weist SOX Whistleblower Case

On February 2, 2016, the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the SOX whistleblower retaliation claim in the closely watched case of Weist v. Tyco Electronics Corp., No. 15-2034. We have posted on key events during the...more

Safe! Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans Permitted

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued long-awaited relief to sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans. For years, many employers have relied on various safe harbor plans designs to avoid generally applicable...more

Update – Disapproving the Approval Process: IRS Provides Additional Guidance on the Curtailment of the Determination Letter...

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) recently released Notice 2016-03, which provides additional details for plan sponsors on the curtailment of the determination letter process for individually designed tax-qualified...more

Employment Law This Week: Equal Pay Data, HIV-Positive Employees, DOL’s Fiduciary Rule, NJ Harassment Defense [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #2

FCA writes to CEOs on CFD compliance - FCA has written a Dear CEO letter following its review of new client procedures for firms offering contracts for difference (CFD) products on a non-advised basis. FCA carried out...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2016

Avoiding The “Bumps” Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider - I’m a big fan of business history and every successful company that has ever been founded has had a few bumps along the way. For example, Apple almost went out...more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

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