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401k Employee Benefits

IRS Issues Guidance to Ease Assistance for Hurricane Recovery

While Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have subsided, recovery efforts have just begun. In an effort to help bring timely assistance to beleaguered residents of areas hard hit by the storms, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has...more

Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

The Trouble With 401(k) Investment Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The most common area in which 401(k) plans are being scrutinized these days is in their selection and design of investment offerings. While participants often get to direct how their funds are invested, that direction is...more

Retirement Plan and Leave Donation Programs During States of Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

This article should interest employers offering retirement plan benefits or leave donation programs to employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in particular, and in various states of emergencies, in general. It...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employees

by Bracewell LLP on

Following Hurricane Harvey and its resulting destruction, many employees are in need of financial assistance and/or early access to retirement funds. We will highlight how employers can make direct financial assistance...more

IRS announces special relief to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

by McAfee & Taft on

Last week the IRS announced that 401(k) plans and certain similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to help victims of Hurricane Harvey....more

IRS Provides for Expedited Loans and Hardship Distributions from Retirement Plans

by Jackson Walker on

The IRS announced last week that it will allow victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families to more easily access assets held in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, the IRS will allow certain retirement plans...more

IRS Allows Employees to Donate the Value of PTO for Hurricane Harvey Victims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The IRS has announced a program that allows employees to donate the value of their vacation, sick time, or other paid time off (“PTO”) for the relief of victims of Hurricane or Tropical Storm Harvey. ...more

IRS and DOL Provide Relief for Plan Sponsors and Participants Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary relief on deadlines and procedural requirements applicable to employee benefit plans for employers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ...more

IRS Eases Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions After Hurricane Harvey

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has released Announcement 2017-11 to provide relief to taxpayers from requirements for loans and hardship distributions for participants of qualified retirement plans who have been adversely affected by Hurricane...more

Tibble and Class Action Plaintiffs Win Round Two versus Edison International and Its 401(k) Investment Committees

In past articles in this Blog I reported on decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with a class action for breach of fiduciary duty for selecting retail mutual funds in...more

Forfeiture Freedom

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some of our employer client sponsors of pre-approved 401(k) plans have contacted us regarding plan amendment notices received recently from their prototype or volume submitter plan document sponsors relating to the expanded...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

by Carlton Fields on

MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401k Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Bonus can cost you more than one way

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started working as an ERISA attorney in September 1998, I was pleasantly surprised when my boss Harvey Berman gave me a $300 bonus that December for the Holidays. That was the last bonus I ever got as an...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Cash-Out Options - Things to Consider Before Jumping In

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

With the rise in health insurance costs and changing work demographics, employers nationwide are considering innovative benefit designs that are intended to not only contain costs but also provide employees greater...more

Calculating Maximum Participant Loan Amounts

Most of us have struggled with the obtuse calculations required to determine maximum participant loan amounts. Perhaps in the future robotic AI Human Resource managers will not have this problem, but until then we all seem to...more

If Timely Notice is Given, the Cost to Correct a 401(k) Exclusion Error May Be Reduced

by Dickinson Wright on

Occasionally, an employer may determine that it did not withhold deferral contributions for a new employee in accordance with the terms of its 401(k) plan. If the plan has an automatic enrollment feature, and the error is...more

No Additional Delay on Effective Date of New Fiduciary Standards – DOL

This week, new U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta announced that the final fiduciary regulations would go into effect on June 9, 2017. The Department also issued two pieces of guidance with regard to the regulations...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

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