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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

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

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - January 2016 (UK)

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at...more

Courts Continue To Expand ERISA Church Plan Exemption

Most employers know that there is a federal law – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA – that governs employer-sponsored employee benefit plans. There are a few notable exceptions that could apply to...more

How will the ORPP Impact Alberta-based Employers with Employees Working in Ontario?

Beginning in 2017, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) will be phased in over a period of four years and will require eligible Ontario employees without a comparable workplace pension plan to be covered by the ORPP. ...more

IRS Significantly Liberalizes Permitted Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans

On January 29, 2016, the IRS issued Notice 2016-16 that provides guidance on mid-year changes to a safe harbor plan under sections 401(k) and 401(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. The guidance provides that a mid-year change...more

IRS Provides New Guidance on Midyear Changes to Safe Harbor 401(k) Plans

If you read one thing... - The IRS has issued new guidance on midyear changes to a safe harbor plan under Code Sections 401(k) and 401(m) that addresses the requirement that plan provisions generally must remain in...more

The Big 401(k) Issue Many Don’t Focus On

The fixation and discussion about plan expenses usually flares up when the stock market isn’t doing well. Two major corrections within a 10-year period (2000-2010) made fee disclosure regulations inevitable.  With the way the...more

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: It’s coming soon

In less than a year, the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) is set to be in place for certain employers. If you are an employer with Ontario workers, now is the time to consider the impact the ORPP will have on your...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - January 2016

Future Trends In 401(k) That A Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of. Who to pick and why. What was good yesterday might not be good today. There were cigarette ads in the 1930s that suggested that smoking had health...more

California Court Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage a Week Prior to Windsor

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recognized the retroactive application of United States v. Windsor. In Schuett v. FedEx Corporation, plaintiff and her long-time...more

Open MEPs will rise again

Multiple employer plans (MEPs) are a topic that many plan providers talk about, but don’t really know what is allowed and what’s not. A multiple employer plan is a plan where unrelated employers adopt a plan and it should be...more

But Wait…There's More...Additional Revisions to the Employee Plans Determination Letter Program

As we previously reported in an August 2015 Client Alert, the IRS has eliminated the five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed plans, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Earlier this month, the IRS issued...more

The Vanguard 401(k) lawsuit won’t spark a return to actively managed funds

The Anthem class action lawsuit concerning the use of Vanguard index funds has caused a hullabaloo in the industry. IT even got a writer to pen an article suggested that the lawsuit may trigger a return to the use of actively...more

A 401(k) with Vanguard funds is sued, read beyond the headline

Headlines are great, but you need to read the entire article to get the full picture. There is a new class-action lawsuit that is pitting participants in the Anthem Inc. 401(k) plan, with more than $5 billion in assets,...more

The IRS Retirement Plan Determination Letter Program – The IRS Taketh and Then Giveth (Some Transition Guide)

Last July, in Announcement 2015-19, the IRS announced that it was terminating its determination letter program for individually designed qualified retirement plans, other than for new or terminating plans. This week, in...more

Pensions in 2016

It is becoming a truism that in pensions each year is more interesting than the last. Interesting for lawyers that is as more and more layers are added to UK pension regulation....more

IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines

The IRS issued key extensions to looming 2016 information reporting deadlines for applicable large employers. This relief applies only to the deadlines for reporting the coverage that employers offered in 2015...more

IRS Announces Future Determination Letter Guidance in Notice 2016-03

In Notice 2016-03, the IRS provides an overview of guidance it intends to release to implement certain aspects of its decision to end the regular determination program, effective January 1, 2017, which it previously announced...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Determination Letter Program

Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced significant changes to its determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans. In Announcement 2015-19, the IRS eliminated the staggered 5-year remedial...more

Reduce Fiduciary Risk With An Effective Investment Policy

Human resource officers and managers are often asked to chair or sit on a retirement plan committee responsible for administrative tasks. In this role, a committee member takes on fiduciary responsibilities to plan...more

2016 Benefit Limits

The IRS updated very few of the retirement plan limits effective for the plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2016. A comparison of the 2016 and 2015 limits is listed below. Please see full alert below for more...more

Provisions in Appropriations Act Affecting Employee Benefit Plans

The $1.8 trillion, 887-page spending bill enacted by Congress this month, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Appropriations Act), became law on Dec. 18, 2015. Below is a summary of the principal provisions of the...more

You Probably Don’t Need a Year-End Plan Amendment to Reflect the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Ruling

If you’re worried that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last summer might require a year-end amendment to your employee benefit plans,you have the paranoia of an ERISA attorney. You’re also in luck because...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 22 of 24): Affordability, HRA Contributions,...

The Treasury Department and the IRS this week issued Notice 2015-87 that addresses, among other things, the effect of Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) contributions, cafeteria plan flex credits and opt-out payments on...more

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