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Dealing with New IRS Qualification Requirements for Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, Effective January 1, 2017

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The procedures for qualification of an employer sponsored individually designed pension, profit sharing or 401(k) plan for favorable tax deferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) changed significantly...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November, 2016. ACA Information Reporting – Bad News and Good News - First, the bad news: The 2016 final...more

A Trump Presidency: Potential Impact on Employee Benefits Law and Policy

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For many months, we have been speculating about how the results of the 2016 presidential election would impact employee benefits policy going forward. Now that Donald Trump has won the election and Republicans have secured a...more

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

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...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

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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

Employee Benefits: IRS Announces 2016 Pension and Related Limitations (10/15)

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the dollar limitations for pension plans and other items beginning January 1, 2016. Some of the limits, which are mostly unchanged from 2015, are listed below....more

Central States Pension Fund Submits Plan for Reducing Benefits

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 25, 2015, the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan (Central States), submitted to the Department of the Treasury a plan for reducing benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014...more

IRS to Prohibit Lump-Sum Cashout Windows for Pension Plan Retirees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As described in a prior alert, the IRS issued Notice 2015-49, which abruptly announces the IRS’s intention to prohibit lump-sum cashout windows for pension plan retirees already in pay status. The IRS intends to prohibit...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Financial Disclosures and Privacy

by Carlton Fields on

To reduce risk of later attack on the domestic partnership agreement, domestic partners should make fair and reasonable financial disclosures to each other prior to signing the agreement. Each partner should disclose to the...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

Federal Agencies Issue Regulations Governing Benefit Reductions and Partitions for Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plans

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On June 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released several regulatory measures implementing the multiemployer pension plan amendments that were enacted in...more

Federal Agencies Issue Regulations Governing Benefit Reductions and Partitions for Underfunded Multiemployer Pension Plans

by Littler on

On June 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released several regulatory measures implementing the multiemployer pension plan amendments that were enacted in...more

Silver Tsunami Quickly Approaching Department of Revenue Thanks to Early Retirement Incentive Program

by Reed Smith on

On May 4, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill creating an early retirement incentive program for Massachusetts state employees. Under the incentive plan, employees choosing to retire effective June 30, 2015,...more

Monthly Benefits Alert - April 2015

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Central States Pension Fund Developing Rescue Plan - The Central States Pension Fund has announced that it will adopt a “rescue plan” under which certain participant benefits will be reduced. The Multiemployer Pension...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2015

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Health Insurance Company’s HIPAA Breach Affects Millions. At the end of January, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems were hacked. The information...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2015

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ERISA § 4062(e) Liability Enforcement Returns--Applicable to Defined Benefit Plans and Succession of Operations at Facility. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) § 4062(e) originally imposed liability...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

PBGC Issues Final Regulations Regarding Rollovers from Defined Contribution Plans to Pension Plans

The PBGC has recently initiated efforts to enhance retirement security for Americans by promoting lifetime income options (i.e., annuitized benefits). As part of these efforts, as well as those of the IRS and U.S. Department...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2013

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Grants Review to Two Cases Challenging ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate - The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging...more

IRS Proposes New Rules on Indian Fishing Rights Income for Retirement Plans

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On November 15, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service published a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) along with proposed regulations regarding the treatment of certain income derived from Indian fishing rights-related...more

Plan Sponsors of 401(k) Plans/Pension Plans: Must Recognize Same Sex Married Couples Effective September 16, 2013

On August 29, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that for federal tax purposes, spouse includes an individual who is legally married to a same-sex individual under state law. This Revenue Ruling 2013-17 has a...more

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