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Social Security Changes & Your Retirement Plans

As Congress attempts to balance the national budget, they are making adjustments to the Social Security program that will have far reaching impacts on seniors in their golden years. These changes are part of a broader...more

CFPB issues guide on pension payouts

The CFPB has issued a guide that is intended to assist near-retirees with private sector payment plans in deciding whether to choose monthly payments or a lump-sum payout. The guide includes a series of questions for...more

Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities have gotten a bad...more

State of the Union 2016 – What Will the President Focus on in his Final Year in Office?

While much of last night's State of the Union Address focused on big-picture issues, President Obama did make some specific employment-related comments during the annual speech to the country. One underlying purpose of this...more

Creating ESOPs: 6 Essential Questions For Successful Employee Stock Ownership Plans

The Baby Boomer business owner has worked hard for a lifetime. The company is thriving. But retirement is in sight, and a big question looms: How do I convert a lifetime of hard work into a comfortable retirement income?...more

Avoid a soap opera with updated Beneficiary forms

Yes, I will admit it: I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession: Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

IRS Moving Forward with Changes to Determination Letter Program

As we reported last year, the IRS determination letter program for tax-qualified retirement plans is about to significantly change. Beginning in 2017, individually designed retirement plans will be eligible to obtain...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

Don’t make yourself a target

Sometimes if you don’t want to be a target, don’t make yourself to be a target. Insperity Inc. a provider of outsourced human resource and business management services to small and midsized businesses has been sued by...more

President Obama Approves the Consolidated Appropriations Act with Key Employee Benefits Provisions

The Consolidated Appropriations Act to fund the government through 2016 was passed and enacted on December 18. The law contains a number of benefits-related provisions, including a two-year delay of the 40-percent excise tax...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

The Force Awakens on 2016

The ball dropped on 2016, but don’t drop the ball on your benefit plan compliance. As part of our annual tradition, we’re pleased to present this year’s Top Ten New Year’s Countdown for the reading pleasure of our fellow...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2015

The Plan Sponsor Awakens. It's true, all of it. Like most of my generation, I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw A New Hope when I was 5 in 1977. I even liked the prequel trilogy (except for Jar Jar Binks)....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

DOL's Fiduciary Duty Rule Survives Year-End Appropriations Process

The insurance industry’s short-term strategy to oppose the Department of Labor’s proposed investment advisor fiduciary duty rule centered on a defunding initiative as part of the year-end appropriations process. That...more

Going Green: What Procedures Should You Consider for 2016 Electronic ERISA Disclosures?

In the ever-increasing push to “go green,” many employers are opting to distribute required notices and disclosures to employees via e-mail or through website postings. Plan sponsors are asking: Can an employer rely on an...more

Don’t Leave Your Level of Comfort

The law firm I started a few years back is actually more than 15 years old as it was a shell where I could offer legal services on the side while I did my normal day job. It was an experiment on whether I could go out on my...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Application of Obergefell Decision to Benefit Plans

This past June, the United States Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015), that the Fourteenth Amendment (i) requires a state’s civil marriage laws to apply to same-sex couples on the...more

Plan Sponsors need to keep track of all plan amendments

I didn’t have such a wonderful time at law school because I felt the administration and much of the faculty weren’t honest when it came to the study of law and more importantly, our job opportunities. There was one law...more

New Federal Budget Ends Two Spousal Social Security Claiming Strategies

The federal budget agreement that President Obama signed into law November 2, 2015, spells the end to two Social Security strategies that some spouses have used to maximize benefits. The strategies were worth tens of...more

Reacting to Our Failure to Effect Sound Retirement Policy

Ever since ERISA was first promulgated, and notwithstanding consequential economic, societal and demographic changes, efforts at improving the nation’s employer-based retirement structure have had fits and starts mostly due...more

Being clever is asking for trouble

It was in “This is Spinal Tap” where I heard the line how there was such a fine line between stupid and clever. When it comes to protecting retirement plans, I always say KISS, the acronym for “keep it simple stupid”. So...more

Bulletin: AFTRA Retirement Fund Sending Information Request to JPC Members on Significant Drop in Pension Contributions

To address what it perceives as significant underfunding in its pension plan, the AFTRA Retirement Fund is actively sending information requests to Joint Policy Committee signatories whose contributions have declined over a...more

DOL Issues Guidance on the Application of ERISA to State-Sponsored Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employees

After a recent flurry of activity in state legislatures regarding state mandated automatic savings programs, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued (1) a proposed regulation, and (2) interpretive guidance that addresses...more

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