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U.S. Supreme Court Changes Fiduciary Rules for Retirement Plans with Employer Stock

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision affects fiduciaries of retirement plans that have investments in employer stock. In the decision, the Supreme Court held that a retirement plan fiduciary is not entitled to a presumption...more

When can a mandatory retirement age be justified?

In Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes, the EAT decided that a partnership's mandatory retirement age (MRA) of 65 for partners was a proportionate means of achieving the partnership's legitimate aims of workforce planning and...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits

In a 6-1 decision that may have significant ramifications, the Illinois Supreme Court held in Kanerva v. Weems that state-subsidized retiree medical premiums for certain public sector retirees are a protected benefit under...more

Rules Will Allow Issuance of Longevity Insurance in Retirement Plans

On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final rules excluding qualifying longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) from the required minimum distribution rules (RMD...more

The Mistaken Fiduciary: Can You Correct Overpayments to U.S. Retirees?

Even the best run pension plans occasionally pay retirees the wrong amount due to errors in employee classification, or calculating participant service or compensation. Correcting underpayments is easy enough – though it is...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE Aims to MARKUP HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL - While not yet noticed, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to markup a short-term highway funding bill before the...more

Supreme Court Holds Inherited IRAs Not Exempt from Bankruptcy Estate

The Bankruptcy Code permits an individual in bankruptcy to exempt from the bankrupt estate “retirement funds” in an individual retirement account (“IRA”) or certain other tax-advantaged vehicles. In a recent case, the U.S....more

When is a Retirement Account not a Retirement Account?

Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account? A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt. That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more

Non-U.S. Retirement Plans Must Comply with or Claim Exemption from FATCA by July 1

In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA is intended to make it more difficult for U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets held in...more

Plan Sponsors’ Misconceptions About Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure

To me, there is no greater television show than Seinfeld because it’s timeless and there is something about each episode that reminds you of normal day life. In the reverse chronology episode set in India called “The...more

New Fiduciary Rule Delayed

The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that they were delaying the implementation of a new fiduciary rule for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts. They claim it will be released in 2015. How many years...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Retroactivity of DOMA Decision for Qualified Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-19 and related answers to FAQs, which give plan sponsors additional guidance on how the Supreme Court's decision last June in U.S. v. Windsor applies...more

When is the optimal time to begin receiving Social Security?

When to begin receiving Social Security benefits depends on each person’s individual circumstances. This article shows how to determine a breakeven point — the age at which the dollar value of more (but smaller) payments...more

Exclusion of Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses Did Not Interfere with Protected Rights under ERISA

In Roe v. Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, a federal district court addressed the issue of whether a self-funded health plan could include language that denied dependent coverage to same-sex spouses without violating Section...more

IRS Rules Captive Reinsurance Arrangement Involving Retiree Medical Benefits Qualifies as Insurance for Federal Tax Purposes

On May 18, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruled that an employer’s wholly owned captive insurance subsidiary could reinsure the employer’s retiree medical benefit risks and still qualify as insurance for federal tax...more

IRS Issues Retroactive Relief Requirement for Delinquent Retirement Plan Form 5500

Until now, those who used the Department of Labor’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) to obtain relief from penalties for failing to timely file Form 5500 automatically qualified for relief from the...more

Managing the Risks of a Mobile Workforce

Retiring after 30 years with the same company is rare today. The symbolism of a retirement party and a gold watch will be lost on generations as frequent employee transition between companies becomes the norm. ...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on a Long-Standing Circuit Split Over Collectively Bargained Retiree Health Care Benefits

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Tackett v. M&G Polymers USA, LLC, 733 F.3d 589 (6th Cir. 2013). The Court will resolve an existing circuit split as to how courts...more

Retirement Benefits: Missed Deferral Opportunities

The Issue: When an employer fails to take into consideration all forms of compensation (e.g., commissions, bonuses, etc.) for purposes of employee deferrals to its 401(k) Plan, is that a problem?...more

Mandatory Retirement in Professional Services Firms

On May 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in McCormick v Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. The Court found that John McCormick, an equity partner in Faskens, was not an employee for the purposes of the...more

Avoiding the Top Retirement Plan Mistakes - Checklist

In This Presentation: - Eligibility Errors - Vesting Errors - Compensation Errors - Distribution Errors - Loan Errors - Testing Errors - Other Errors and Things to Consider Excerpt from...more

View From McDermott: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too—An Employer’s Guide to Managing Retirement-Eligible Employees Who Want to...

‘‘I would like to start receiving my retirement benefits now, but I would also like to keep working for a bit. Can I do this?’’ Baby boomers pose this question to their employers on a routine basis. Unfortunately, there is no...more

Debtor’s Estate Set To Expand Or Contract Based On Supreme Court Ruling In Clark v. Rameker

Before the Supreme Court this term is the question of whether a beneficiary individual retirement account (an “Inherited IRA”) is exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate under 11 U.S.C. § 522(b)(3)(C) and (d)(12)2 of the...more

CFPB issues Snapshot of older consumers and mortgage debt

The CFPB’s Office for Older Americans released a report this month reviewing mortgage debt held by older consumers—individuals age 65 and older. The report found that older consumers are carrying more mortgage debt into...more

U.S. Supreme Court Case Could Alter Retiree Health Benefit Landscape

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a 2013 Sixth Circuit decision that could alter the way collective bargaining agreement provisions covering retiree health benefits are interpreted. In Taketts v. M&G Polymers, the...more

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