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Qualified Retirement Plan Amendments: Year-End Update

by Alston & Bird on

This advisory reminds plan sponsors of deadlines for amending qualified retirement plans and certain year-end legal updates. Plan sponsors who have added optional features to a retirement plan during 2017 (e.g., a plan...more

Massachusetts proposes a MEP and why it’s a bad idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

After Vermont decided to proceed with sponsoring an open multiple employer plan (MEP), legislation proposed would make Massachusetts the second state to sponsor a 401(k) MEP. Prior to May 2012, we had a decent market for...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 2) Annual Cost of Living Adjustments

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are happy to present our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered year-end...more

What You Should Know When Establishing a 401(k) Plan: A Guide for New Plan Sponsors

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Setting up a new 401(k) plan seems like it should be simple. Many companies offer a 401(k) plan to their employees, and prospective plan sponsors appear to have a substantial variety of vendors to choose from, ranging from...more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced the 2018 dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans. Some limits have increased while others remained the same....more

Spending Quality Time with Your Pension Plan Actuary

by Winstead PC on

The Internal Revenue Service updated its mortality tables under final regulations which are generally applicable on January 1, 2018 and did not delay the implementation of the mortality tables because the update was mandated...more

Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have granted extensions of certain...more

Pensions Round-Up - July/August 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from the second half of July...more

Spring Cleaning Comes Early: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Updating ERISA Plan Documents

The year 1974 was a watershed for employee benefits. For the first time, the federal government undertook the complicated task of providing a statutory and regulatory framework for employee benefit plans and employee pension...more

[Event] 29th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 28th, Dallas TX

by Locke Lord LLP on

Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 29th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar. Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments related to employee benefit plans....more

Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

School Employee Who Resigned After Her Hospitalization Coverage Was Reduced Entitled To Unemployment Compensation

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Forbes Road School District V Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, Case No. 1814 C.D. 2016 - Claimant was hired as a paraprofessional at $10.15 an hour. She completed health...more

The Trouble With 401(k) Investment Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The most common area in which 401(k) plans are being scrutinized these days is in their selection and design of investment offerings. While participants often get to direct how their funds are invested, that direction is...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

IRS Provides for Expedited Loans and Hardship Distributions from Retirement Plans

by Jackson Walker on

The IRS announced last week that it will allow victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families to more easily access assets held in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, the IRS will allow certain retirement plans...more

An Overview of Legal, Regulatory and Plan Design Considerations for States

by K&L Gates LLP on

Americans are facing a retirement crisis. The foundation for building a secure retirement — Social Security, employer-provided pensions, and personal savings — has been weakened because most private sector companies no longer...more

9th Circuit — ERISA: How “Wrap Documents” Can Satisfy ERISA Plan Requirements?

You already know that ERISA imposes on employers the duty to provide a written plan document, and a Summary Plan Description (SPD) which states key plan terms....more

The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

Forfeiture Freedom

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some of our employer client sponsors of pre-approved 401(k) plans have contacted us regarding plan amendment notices received recently from their prototype or volume submitter plan document sponsors relating to the expanded...more

Open Enrollment: SBC, HIPAA, GINA, WHCRA, NMHPA, CHIPRA, EOB, OOPM, HSA, HCFSA, DCFSA…

by Bryan Cave on

Are you gearing up for open enrollment’s alphabet soup? Anyone who works in human resources/employee benefits and has survived even one open enrollment season knows just how busy that alphabet soup will make your next few...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

What is an ESOP? An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan designed to give company stock to its employees. ...more

Work Now, Party Later: The Case for Tackling the New Disability Claims Procedures Before Year-End

by Bryan Cave on

Plan sponsors are typically forced to wait for last minute guidance to satisfy year-end compliance obligations. As a result, those of us who work with these plans spend the last days of the year frantically ensuring plans are...more

EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

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