Understanding Employee Benefits

SECURE Act Includes Retirement Plan Changes, Some Effective Immediately

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On December 19, 2019, the President signed the SECURE Act. SECURE includes, among other things, provisions that are intended to make retirement plans more accessible, especially to smaller employers, address changing workforce demographics, address nondiscrimination issues facing defined benefit plans, encourage guaranteed income options under defined contribution plans, and increase... Read More

Topics: Fiduciary Guidance, Form 5500s, Retirement Plans, Uncategorized

IRS Memorandum Limits Exceptions for Retaining Signed Retirement Plan Documents – (excuse that “my dog ate my plan documents” will not always work)

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Generally, for a tax qualified retirement plan to be adopted, the plan document must be signed and dated by the sponsoring employer and retained. However, in Val Lanes Recreation Center Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, T.C. Memo 2018-92, the Tax Court found that the employer’s failure to produce a... Read More

Topics: Retirement Plans

Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2020

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On November 6, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2019-59, which sets forth the 2020 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The IRS also announced the health savings account (HSA) and high deductible health plan (HDHP) annual deductible and out-of-pocket expense... Read More

Topics: Cafeteria Plans, Health Plan, Retirement Plans

IRS Final Regulations Amend Hardship Distribution Rules for 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

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On September 23, 2019 the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations amending the rules for hardship distributions from 401(k) and 403(b) plans (the “Final Regulations”). The Final Regulations modify the hardship requirements to reflect statutory changes and directives introduced by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the Tax Cuts and... Read More

Topics: Errors & Omissions Liability, Retirement Plans

Department of Labor’s New Guidance Helps Employers of Uniformed Service Members Manage Pension Obligations

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The Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services (“VETS”) issued a new fact sheet (“Fact Sheet”) to help employers better manage their pension obligations under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA”). USERRA creates certain rights and protections for uniformed service members. For example, under USERRA, service... Read More

Topics: Compensation Questions, Retirement Plans