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Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Issue: - Corporate: Negotiating Strategies for the Sale of Technology Companies - Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups - Real Estate: An Introduction to...more

IRS Warns Plan Sponsors About Hardship Withdrawal Documentation

In a recent Employee Plans Newsletter, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned plan sponsors that they must obtain and keep documentation related to hardship withdrawals, particularly the documentation necessary to...more

Five Key Issues Confronting Financial Services Industry Employers

Employers in the financial services industry are faced with a growing number of employment law challenges. Whistleblower complaints are on the rise as regulatory agencies become more aggressive in their efforts to encourage...more

There’s a Cost For Those “Free” SEP and SIMPLE IRA Plans

There is no such thing as a free lunch. There is no such thing as free advice. The more years I spend in the retirement plan business; I know that there is no such thing as a free retirement plan. When I speak of “free”...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Protections to Confidentiality Arrangements

Public companies should review their confidentiality arrangements for any provisions that may result in unintended violations of the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections....more

DOL Fiduciary Rule to Revamp Regulation of Advice to Plans and IRAs

Reproposal would broaden the fiduciary definition, narrow exceptions, and substantially revise prohibited transaction exemptions applicable to current and newly covered fiduciaries....more

Department of Labor Proposes New Regulations on Fiduciary Advice

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reissued long-awaited proposed regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement...more

DOL Releases Controversial Proposal, Signifying Regulatory Intent to Expand Fiduciary Standard

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") released a controversial proposal that would require financial advisors to put their clients' interests ahead of their own when recommending retirement investments....more

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Proposed Fiduciary Rules

Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its highly anticipated re-proposed regulation addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan is considered a fiduciary under ERISA....more

3 tips on living with a disability budget

Social Security Disability benefits are only available to people who cannot perform gainful work. In 2015, people earning over $1,090 per month cannot receive SSD benefits, as any disability lawyer in Chicago can attest. ...more

IRS Issues Updates to Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System

In recent weeks, the IRS has issued two updates to its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). EPCRS allows plan sponsors to correct many documentary and operational errors that otherwise might jeopardize a...more

New Correction Options for 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On April 2, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-28, which provides new safe harbor correction methods for errors relating to automatic contribution features, including automatic enrollment and automatic escalation of...more

Using Plan Sponsor fear of liability into positive action

Many plan sponsors have a fear of liability and that’s a good thing is they put that fear into use by putting good practices in place for their retirement plan. It means nothing if plan sponsors process that fear into...more

House Bill 58, Alabama Jobs Act, Gives State Jobs Tax Credit and Capital Investment Credit

HB58, one of five bills that constitute what has been described as the most significant overhaul of Alabama economic development since Mercedes-Benz came to the state, became law on Friday, April 3 (effective July 2). The...more

A Warning to 401(k) Plan Sponsors Relying on Third-Party Administrators (TPAs)

A recent news bulletin from the IRS serves as a cautionary reminder that plan sponsors retain responsibility for the proper administration of participant hardship distributions and loans, and related recordkeeping...more

U.S. Department of Labor Hands Down Final Ruling on SOX Whistleblower Processes

On March 5, the U.S. Department of Labor gave its Final Rule in a case dealing with the types of procedures that govern the handling of retaliation complaints under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). The Final Rule indicates that...more

House Republicans ask CFPB and banking agencies to disclaim “Operation Choke Point”

Six Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Jeb Hensarling, have sent identical letters to the CFPB, OCC, Fed and NCUA asking each agency to “publicly disclaim [its] past, present, and...more

IRS Provides New Flexibility to Correct Retirement Plan Errors

The IRS recently issued important updates to its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). The updates are contained in Revenue Procedures 2015-27 and 2015-28. ...more

Court Finds Lenders to Hedge Fund Not Liable as ERISA Fiduciaries

A federal court recently dismissed ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims asserted by Delphi Beta Fund, LLC, a hedge fund, against two of its bank lenders, because there was no precedent for applying ERISA’s fiduciary duties...more

California Teams-Up with Internet Search Engines to Block Unlicensed Payday Lender Advertising

On April 7, the California Department of Business Oversight announced a new initiative to prevent unlicensed payday lenders from advertising on major Internet search engines, including Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo....more

Complacency is a Plan Provider Killer

Complacency can kill a retirement plan provider and their business. Complacency is a two fold, being complacent in the retirement plan industry and being complacent with your clients. Any business whether it’s retirement plan...more

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

EXTRA! EXTRA! FASB Eliminates Extraordinary Items; Impact on Section 162(m) Plans

Public company incentive plans that are designed to comply with the "performance-based compensation" rules under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code often include language that permit the exclusion of certain events,...more

Two-Year Preapproved Defined Contribution Plan Window is Still Open

Retirement plan vendors sponsoring defined contribution plan documents approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun issuing packages containing the new IRS-approved version of those documents—reflecting the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Supplemental Budget to Become Law - Governor LePage will allow the state supplement...more

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