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Employee Retirement Income Security Act Internal Revenue Service

Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.... more +
Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.  ERISA requires plans to provide information to participants, establishes a grievance process,  and allows participants to sue for benefits or breach of fiduciary duties.  less -

IRS Issues Memo on Missing Participant Search Standards

On October 19th, the IRS released a memorandum titled “Missing Participants and Beneficiaries and Required Minimum Distributions” (the “Memo”) to its plan auditors that provides guidelines for when a plan’s efforts to locate...more

Should You Hoard Records If Benefit Claims Live Forever?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Human-resource professionals are a notoriously organized and efficient bunch. So it’s no surprise that we are often asked, “How long should I keep benefit plan records?” There’s no simple answer, unfortunately, and a...more

Don’t want to call an ERISA attorney? It’ll snowball

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The snowball effect is a term for a process that starts from something that is small and builds upon itself, becoming larger and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous. The idea is that an avalanche can be started...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Health & Welfare

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

Investment Management Special Report - 2017-18 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Despite an anticipated de-regulatory push, there are significant new regulatory concerns for investment advisers to address in connection with their annual review of their compliance manuals....more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

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Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

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Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey: What Kind of Relief May Employers Offer to Affected Employees? What About Hurricane...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers with employees and operations impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are asking what type of compensation, employee benefits, and tax relief may be available to them and their affected employees. There are...more

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued initial employee benefit plan guidance. The...more

IRS Eases Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions After Hurricane Harvey

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has released Announcement 2017-11 to provide relief to taxpayers from requirements for loans and hardship distributions for participants of qualified retirement plans who have been adversely affected by Hurricane...more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

by Winstead PC on

No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

The Costly Tax Consequences of ESOP Disqualification

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Over the past several years, the IRS has renewed its focus on auditing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), in part because of allegedly abusive arrangements (for a quick overview, see Courtney’s ESOP post). Unfortunately,...more

Bonus can cost you more than one way

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started working as an ERISA attorney in September 1998, I was pleasantly surprised when my boss Harvey Berman gave me a $300 bonus that December for the Holidays. That was the last bonus I ever got as an...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 27, 2017, the then 8 Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments for three consolidated cases regarding the outer bounds of the “church plan” exception under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

Getting into trouble with the DOL and the IRS maybe just bad luck

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years, I have seen a lot of strange things that plan sponsors have done to risk the ire of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Life with Conflict of Interest Starting to be Implemented and Retirement Plan Update

by Winstead PC on

Fee Changes and Disclosures Post Conflict of Interest Regulations Initial Partial Effective Date - The effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DoL”) conflict of interest or fiduciary regulation and related prohibited...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

New Bill Could Add Safe Harbor To Definition Of Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the employee benefits world, a lot can hang on an individual’s classification as an employee. Whether someone is a leased employee, an independent contractor, or a member of the rank and file can have a dramatic impact on...more

Chipping Away - Does the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Continue to Be on the Chopping Block?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2017 a Request for Information (the “RFI”) regarding the final regulation defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a...more

ERISA Newsletter - Second Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - Welcome once again to Proskauer's newly revamped ERISA Newsletter. As a reminder, readers can obtain the information in this Newsletter as it is published on our blog. Our featured article this...more

Calendar Year Plans Need to File Form 5500 by Monday, July 31, 2017

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The Form 5500 is an annual report that must be filed for every employee benefit plan that covers 100 or more participants. For calendar year plans, these forms must be filed by July 31, 2017....more

The Rise of the Group Health Insurance Captive

With its “employer mandate”—i.e., the requirement that applicable large employers make an offer of group health coverage to substantially all full-time employees or face the prospect of a penalty—the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...more

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