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Penalties Increased for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

Recently-enacted legislation has increased many penalty amounts for certain employee benefit plan violations. The new penalties – some of which are more than double previous amounts – were adjusted to catch up with inflation...more

U.S. employers targeted by lawsuits claiming excessive fees in employee retirement and savings plans: Could it happen in Canada?

I recently wrote about the legal risks regarding plan fees that should be considered by Canadian employers who sponsor group registered retirement savings plans and defined contribution pension plans....more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Determination Letter Program

As was previously announced in 2015, effective as of January 1, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is eliminating its five year staggered determination letter cycle for individually designed retirement plans. Plans in...more

Maryland Enacts Mandatory Private-Sector Retirement Program That Impacts Most Maryland Employers

Maryland joins California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon in leading state initiatives to set up state-sponsored retirement plans for employees. The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust (“the...more

New Connecticut Public Act Mandates Retirement Savings Programs

Beginning in 2018, private-sector employers in Connecticut that do not offer their employees a retirement savings plan (i.e.,401(k) or other payroll deduction retirement options) will be required to automatically enroll their...more

Avoiding Pitfalls When Forced to Start Breaking Your Retirement Piggy Bank

The oldest of the 75 million baby boomers have begun turning 70 in 2016. Becoming a septuagenarian is a milestone in itself, but it also means that soon the IRS will likely be expecting you to start cashing out your...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

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

Advisors Advantage - November 2015

Empathy and Communication by a Retirement Plan Provider Goes A Long Way. It goes way far. They say that game theory is the study of strategic decision making. It is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and...more

What Does the Trust Requirement of ERISA Mean?

ERISA requires that plan assets be held in trust so that they are protected from claims of the employer. With pension plans, it is generally easy to determine when assets become plan assets and when they should be held in...more

Recent Seventh Circuit Decision Finds That Multiemployer Pension Withdrawal Liability Can Automatically Transfer to Asset...

In a recent decision that has important implications for purchasers of assets that come with a multiemployer union pension plan, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held in Tsareff v. ManWeb Services, Inc., 794...more

Commons committee reports on pensions

In its first report of the session, the Work and Pensions Committee has reported that the “freedom to choose” reforms to pensions introduced in April 2015 are insufficient....more

A Troubling Future Part One:  Teamsters’ Pension Rescue Plan

Two significant developments in the multi-employer pension world emerged in September, developments which could give manufacturers concern.  While this is not the time to panic (we have plenty of time to panic), readers...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Not all Plans can Establish a Shortened Limitations Period for Filing Lawsuit

I recently blogged about a case in which a plan had established a shorter period of time (one year deadline) for filing a lawsuit, rather than relying on the state statute of limitation (six years) which would otherwise have...more

Is Your Severance Policy an ERISA Plan?

Severance plans are generally covered under ERISA, but it is not always easy to distinguish an ERISA-covered severance plan from a non-ERISA severance policy. There are advantages and disadvantages to being an ERISA-covered...more

Employer liability relating to fees in employer-sponsored retirement and savings plans

Employers who sponsor retirement and savings plans for their employees should ensure that the fees paid by their employees within the plans are reasonable and adequately disclosed.  Lawsuits in the U.S., and a recent...more

FCA reports on pension freedoms

FCA has published its report on the pensions and retirement income market. In July FCA asked for information on: - consumer access to the pension freedoms; - financial advice requirements and the treatment of...more

Don’t Play Hide the Ball with Your Claims Procedure

ERISA does not have a statute of limitations for lawsuits brought by participants to check claim benefits under the plan. Instead, courts borrow from similar state statutes of limitations. In a decision two years ago, the US...more

Investing Wisely: Employers Need to Monitor 401(k) Plan Fees

Costly lawsuits filed by employees against their employers come in several varieties, including lawsuits alleging liability because of an employer’s handling of its employee benefit plans. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme...more

Department of Treasury Issues 2015-2016 Priority Planning Guide

The Department of the Treasury issued its 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan detailing projects that it intends on dedicating resources to in the coming year. There are numerous employee benefits-related items in the plan....more

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

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

Employee Benefits Alert - August 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Issues Guidance on Benefit Suspension Voting under MPRA - As we have written in prior alerts, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) permits trustees of financially troubled...more

Employee Benefits Developments August 2015

Certain Closely Held For-Profit Employers Need Not Provide Women’s Contraceptive Services. Under the ACA, non-grandfathered group health plans must cover specified preventive services, including certain women’s preventive...more

Retirement Planning Strategies under the Scrutiny of the Federal Fisc

President Obama’s proposed budget for 2016 shows that some retirement planning strategies have drawn the attention of the Federal government and may be subject to future legislative limitations. The President’s proposed...more

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