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Retirement Plan Employee Benefits

Advisors Advantage - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How A Plan Provider Should Handle Employees. Some tips from a former plan provider disgruntled employee. I always say that the main reason that I don't want to have employees is that I was an employee once too. An...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

The First State Auto IRA Is Up Running and Working So Why Do Some Business Groups Want These Plans to Fail?

by K&L Gates LLP on

As we go to press, a leading business trade group, backed by faulty legal “advice,” is aiming to kill state automatic individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Their immediate target is OregonSaves, which launched the first such...more

New Connecticut Mandatory Income Tax Withholding Requirements for Pension and Annuity Payments

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

New legislation, effective January 1, 2018, will require certain payors of pensions and annuities to withhold Connecticut state income tax from distributions made from an employer pension, annuity, profit-sharing plan, stock...more

2018 Limits for Benefit Plans

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

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SSA Changes Update of Social Security Wage Base for 2018

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Social Security Administration, in a press release issued November 27, 2017, revised the Social Security wage base for 2018 that it had previously announced in October, changing it from $128,700 to $128,400. ...more

EBSA Formally Extends Applicability Date of Disability Claims Regulations to April 1, 2018; Time to Comment on the Regulations...

In today’s Federal Register, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has published its notice delaying, by 90 days, the applicable date of its final rule amending the disability...more

What Should Employers Do About the Delay In the New Disability Claims Procedure Requirements?

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

On November 24, 2017, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") announced a 90-day delay in the effective date of regulations that will significantly change the claims procedure requirements for employee benefit plans...more

Tax Reform: Employee Benefits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the first issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

IRS’S 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan Reflects Executive Orders On Regulations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Treasury Department and the IRS released their 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan, which prioritizes various tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, and other...more

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

Pensions in Dispute - November 2017

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Higher compensation awards for repeated instances of maladministration - In a recent High Court appeal from a Pension Ombudsman determination, the judge awarded the claimant £2,750 for distress and inconvenience. The...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Qualified Retirement Plans (Part 4)

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with 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...more

Tax Reform And Accumulated Leave (Aka “Special Pay”) Plans

by Carlton Fields on

Provisions in the current proposed Senate tax reform bill would likely reduce the effectiveness of retirement plan arrangements that regularly receive contributions of unused leave for former employees, commonly known as...more

Quebec Pension Plan Enhancements: Increased Employer Contributions in Sight

On November 2, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Carlos Leitão, tabled Bill 149, An Act to enhance the Québec Pension Plan and to amend various retirement-related legislative provisions (Bill), which aims to strengthen the...more

Puerto Rico Treasury Department Issues Post-Hurricane Rules for Qualified Retirement Plan and IRA Distributions and Loans

by Littler on

On November 15, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the "PR Treasury") issued Administrative Determination Number 17-29 ("AD 17-29") to provide special rules and procedures applicable to distributions from...more

Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

A Moving Target: Tax-Qualified Plans and Other Employee Benefits

The House and Senate propose changes to the tax rules governing retirement plans and other employee benefits. House passes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with substantive changes to the tax rules affecting retirement plans and...more

Best Strategies for Outsourcing Benefit Plan Services

Include all necessary interested parties in the process. This means including individuals with decision-making authority from Human Resources, Benefits, Labor Relations (if applicable), Finance, Payroll, and Legal. A...more

Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Send Executive Compensation Back to the Stone Age

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as initially proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2017, includes provisions that would dramatically impact many common incentive and deferred compensation programs, including...more

Puerto Rico Governor Signs Executive Order Authorizing Rules for Retirement Plan and IRA Distributions in the Wake of Recent...

by Littler on

On November 8, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed Executive Order No. 2017-067 (“EO 2017-067”) authorizing the Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) to establish tax rules for distributions...more

401K Not OK: ERISA Class Certified Under Rule 23(b)(1)(B)

by Carlton Fields on

A New York district court granted certification in an ERISA class action brought by employees of Deutsche Bank alleging the individual fiduciaries of the company’s retirement plan engaged in self-dealing and mismanagement of...more

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