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New Retirement Requirements for California Employers

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program (Senate Bill 1234) will begin the development and build-out of a program to require employers who do not already offer a tax-qualified retirement...more

Qualified Retirement Plan Amendments and IRS Filings — Upcoming Deadlines

This advisory reminds plan sponsors of deadlines for amending qualified retirement plans and for submitting certain plans to the IRS for a determination letter, as well as other significant changes to the determination letter...more

Recent Budget Measures Bill Amends Ontario Pension Legislation

On November 16, 2016, Bill 70, Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016 (Bill) received first reading in Ontario’s legislative assembly. If passed, the Bill will amend the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario)...more

Ontario Pension Advisory Committees

If you are involved with the administration of an Ontario registered pension plan, you should familiarize yourself with new Ontario rules regarding pension advisory committees. The new rules will be effective January 1,...more

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

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

Mandatory Payroll Deduction Savings Programs Are on the Rise

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one-third of American workers do not have the option to participate in a retirement savings plan through their employers. To help employees save for retirement, more states are...more

IRS Releases Benefits and Contribution Limits for 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued its annual update regarding dollar limitations on contributions and benefits applicable to tax-qualified retirement and welfare plans for 2017. Please see full...more

2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2017 cost of living adjustments to various limits. The adjusted amounts generally apply for plan years beginning in 2017. Some of the adjusted amounts, however, apply to calendar...more

Department of Labor Rule Paves the Way for State-Run Retirement Plans

On August 24, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule governing the exemption of state-run retirement plans from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Over 30 states have either...more

California Employers with Qualified Plans Not Subject to New Secure Choice Program

On September 29, 2016, California Governor Brown approved significant amendments to the 2012 California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust Act ("Secure Choice"). Secure Choice is intended to provide Roth IRAs and...more

How Secure is Your Retirement Plan?

Most employers are generally aware of their fiduciary status as a “plan sponsor” of an ERISA-governed retirement plan (e.g., 401(k) and 403(b) plans). In fact, the employer’s hiring of a service provider is in and of itself a...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

IRS and Treasury Department Seek Input on How Plan Sponsors Can Avoid Plan Document Problems

On September 16, 2016, the IRS and the Department of the Treasury requested public comment on ways the IRS and Treasury “can improve compliance…by making it easier for plan sponsors to satisfy requirements for qualified plan...more

Understanding the Tax Consequences of Inheriting a Roth IRA

Passing down a Roth IRA can seem like a good idea, but it doesn't always make the most sense. Before converting a traditional IRA into a Roth IRA to benefit your heirs, you should consider the tax...more

ERISA Section 510 Interference Claim Time Barred

A federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania recommended that a class action complaint claiming that AlliedBarton terminated certain employees to prevent them from reaching eligibility for vacation benefits be dismissed as...more

Federal District Court Enforces Forum Selection Clause Contained in ERISA Plan

A federal district court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania transferred an ERISA lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc. to the Northern District of Illinois after finding the forum selection clause contained in the governing...more

District Court Dismisses 401(k) Plan Investment Claims Against Chevron Fiduciaries

A federal district court in California granted defendants’ motion to dismiss claims asserted by Chevron 401(k) plan participants that the plan fiduciaries breached their ERISA fiduciary duties by selecting underperforming...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

Cybersecurity and the Role of ERISA Fiduciaries

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), protects plan participant benefits and account balances by imposing high standards of care on the plan’s fiduciaries. Fiduciaries who do not follow...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — September 2016

The September edition of Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report examines what federal agencies were up to while Congress was out of session, and discusses state and local laws that advanced in the weeks leading...more

Final Regulations Issued on Application of ERISA to State-Sponsored Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued final regulations allowing states to implement state-sponsored retirement plans for private sector employees without running afoul of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

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

Teamsters’ Central States Pension Plan: A Saga Becomes a Nightmare?

Created in 1955, the CSPP remains one of the largest and oldest multiemployer pension plans in the United States, funding the pensions of 400,000 active and retired Teamsters. Shockingly, with the decline in the unionized...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

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