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401(k)/403(b) Loan Borrowers – Check Your Paystubs!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent tax court case, Louelia Salomon Frias, v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139, illustrates why it is good practice to verify that employee loan repayments have been timely deducted. Plan Loan Requirements. An employer...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

Government Agencies Grant Employee-Benefits Relief for Harvey Victims

by Baker Donelson on

In response to Hurricane Harvey and the catastrophic flooding in Texas, the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor have announced relief for those individuals and businesses in the affected disaster areas. The "covered disaster...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 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 Allows Easier Access to Retirement Funds for Hurricane Harvey Victims

The IRS issued an announcement that may allow participants and beneficiaries of 401(k) plans or 403(b) plans that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey easier access to their retirement funds until January 31,...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

Back to School for ERISA Fiduciary Claims: How to Prepare for This Trend in University Litigation

In the past 10 years, there have been an increasing number of lawsuits asserting Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary claims. These have been accompanied by an increased focus by the Department of...more

Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

Exhaustion of Plan Administrative Remedies: Important Considerations Following Hitchcock v. Cumberland

Recently, the Sixth Circuit ruled in Hitchcock v. Cumberland University 403(b) Plan that pension plan participants are not required to exhaust their plan’s administrative remedies before pursuing claims alleging statutory...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

403(b) Pre-Approved Retirement Plans List

by Bryan Cave on

We’ve recently updated the list of 403(b) pre-approved retirement plans that have received an IRS favorable opinion or advisory letter. A favorable opinion or advisory letter for a 403(b) pre-approved plan means that the IRS...more

University 403(b) Plans – Continuation of Excessive Fee Litigation

Three more class action lawsuits were filed against the fiduciaries of plans maintained by institutions of higher education (University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Washington University in St. Louis). The complaints...more

Spotlight on Alabama: New Law Extends Creditor Protections for Certain Retirement Account Assets in Alabama

by Baker Donelson on

On May 18, Governor Kay Ivey signed Act 2017-317 (the "Act") into law. The Act amends the provisions of the Alabama Uniform Trust Code, which provide creditor protection for various types of tax-preferred retirement accounts...more

Partial Victories to Two Universities in Their Motions to Dismiss Code Section 403(b) Fee Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Multiple large, class action lawsuits have been filed against prominent higher education institutions claiming fiduciary breaches under their Code Section 403(b) plans as a result of insufficient oversight of plan...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...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

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

IRS Announces End Date for 403(b) Remedial Amendments

Many tax exempt employers sponsor Section 403(b) retirement plans to help their employees save money for retirement. A 403(b) plan offers the ability for an employee to make pre-tax contributions to the plan (similar to the...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

IRS Announces Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans, Proposes to Allow Forfeitures to Fund QNECS and QMACs

by Williams Mullen on

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a long-awaited Revenue Procedure regarding compliance for 403(b) plans and also offered flexibility to employers to fund employer contributions to their 401(k) plans with...more

IRS Will Now Permit DC Plan Hardship Withdrawal Self-Certification Summaries

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two recently published memoranda by the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) indicate that it is permissible for 401(k) and 403(b) plan sponsors and their third party administrators (TPAs) to rely on participants’ written...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

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