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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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t gyp employees on retirement plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t hire employees because I was an employee once too. That pretty much means that I never met an employee whoever thought they were overpaid. For that matter, I never met an employer who thought...more

403(b) Pre-Approved Retirement Plans List

by Bryan Cave on

We’ve recently updated the list of 403(b) pre-approved retirement plans that have received an IRS favorable opinion or advisory letter. A favorable opinion or advisory letter for a 403(b) pre-approved plan means that the IRS...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

What Phyllis Borzi got wrong

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It’s been about 4 months since Phyllis Borzi left her position as the head of the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) and as time passes by, we can certainly opine on her accomplishments in that position. Of...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

by Dickinson Wright on

A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege applies to...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it's an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain...more

IRS Issues First Required Amendments List for Qualified Plans

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a previous blog, we discussed the IRS’ elimination of its five year staggered determination letter cycle for individually designed plans. The IRS recently provided guidance to help sponsors of individually designed plans...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

Don’t blame the 401(k)

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve seen the articles that pop up about how 401(k) plans are somehow to blame for the lack of retirement savings or their replacement of defined benefit plans as the savings vehicle for private employers. I don’t like to...more

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

Are Individually Designed Retirement Plans Destined to Become Dinosaurs?

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Impact of Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program - This January 2017 will see the last regular IRS determination letter applications filed for individually designed retirement plans. After this final Cycle A...more

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