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Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Application of ACA Fee to Expatriate Health Plans. Section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes an annual fee on covered entities engaged in the business of providing health insurance...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), consistent with prior regulations from the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), issued supplemental proposed regulations requiring employer sponsored health plans to provide...more

Updated Static Mortality Tables Issued for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In Notice 2015-53, the IRS provided updated static mortality tables for use by defined benefit pension plans under Section 430(h)(3)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code. The new tables apply for purposes of calculating the...more

Recent IRS Guidance Prohibits Lump-Sum Windows for Pension Retirees, Updates Pension Mortality Tables for 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued two significant notices for employers that sponsor defined benefit pension plans, particularly those considering lump-sum windows as a “de-risking” option for their plans....more

Employee Benefits Alert - July 2015

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Major Revisions to Qualified Plan Determination Letter Process Announced - Effective January 1, 2017, the staggered five-year determination letter remedial amendment cycles for individually designed plans will be...more

New IRS Guidance on Lump-Sum Windows

by Morgan Lewis on

The IRS has changed its position on lump-sum windows for retirees in pay status. On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-49, which prohibits sponsors of qualified defined benefit plans from...more

IRS Flip Flops DeRisking Pension Plan Options

The volatility and unpredictability of an employer's obligations under a defined benefit pension plan can have a significant impact on its bottom line. This is especially true of plans with liabilities for pension benefits...more

It's Curtains for Some Lump-Sum Window Programs

On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-49 to announce it intends to prohibit retirees who are receiving annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan from electing a lump sum in lieu of the...more

Monthly Benefits Update - December 2014

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Illinois Becomes the First State to Require Automatic Retirement Savings Program for Workers Without Access to a Workplace Retirement Plan - On January 5, 2015, outgoing Governor Quinn signed landmark legislation that...more

IRS Issues Final and Proposed Hybrid Plan Regulations

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On September 19, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released additional final regulations clarifying the rules regarding hybrid defined benefit pension plans. At the same time, the IRS also issued proposed regulations...more

Final and Proposed Regulations on Hybrid Pension Plans

by Morgan Lewis on

Plan sponsors have been granted limited relief to bring cash balance interest crediting rates into compliance. On September 18, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final and proposed regulations for cash...more

Monthly Benefits Update - July 2014

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the validity of subsidies for the purchase of health insurance under the federal marketplace established pursuant to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On July 22, a...more

Religious Institutions Update - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

"Church plans" are pension plans (including defined benefit or defined contribution plans) exempt (without an irrevocable election) from many of the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

Representations Of Future Tax Treatment To Induce Creation Of Pension Plan Are Not Actionable As A Matter Of Law

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The California Fourth District Court of Appeal adopted the principle that it is inherently unreasonable for any person to rely on a prediction of future IRS enactment, enforcement, or non-enforcement of the law by someone...more

Retirement and Pensions Update - Janurary 2, 2013

In This Update: Fiscal Cliff Deal Includes Provisions on Charitable Contributions and Roth Roll Overs; PBGC Testifies in Subcommittee Hearing on Multiemployer Plans; IRS Updates Retirement Plan Rules for Hurricane...more

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