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IRS Opens The Door To Lump Sum Payment Windows For Retirees In Pay Status
Due to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) change in course published in Notice 2019-18, plan sponsors may now offer retirees lump-sum windows as another pension "de-risking" option.
United States
16 May 2019
Paving The Way For More HRAs
President Trump signed an executive order last year directing the Secretaries of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services to consider proposing regulations to "increase the usability of HRAs."
United States
7 Nov 2018
All Together Now: DOL Finalizes Rule For Association Health Plans
The US Department of Labor published a final rule that makes it easier for a group or association of employers to act as a single "employer" sponsor of an Association Health Plan under ERISA.
United States
3 Jul 2018
Federal Appellate Court Finds That Title VII Bans Gender Identity Discrimination
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled on March 7, 2018, that workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 19640
United States
1 Jun 2018
IRS Announces HSA Contribution Limit Increase For 2018
On April 26, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) increased the 2018 maximum deductible Health Savings Account (HSA) contribution for taxpayers with family coverage under a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) to $6,900.
United States
3 May 2018
ESOP Litigation Trends: Department Of Labor Voids Fiduciary Indemnification Agreements To Reach Settlements
The US Department of Labor has taken the position that certain indemnification clauses are void against public policy under Section 410 of ERISA.
United States
16 Apr 2018
Federal Appellate Court Finds That Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination
On February 26, 2018, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (covering Connecticut, New York and Vermont) ruled that workplace discrimination ...
United States
16 Mar 2018
Going Up But Never Down | 2018 ERISA Penalties
The Department of Labor announced increased penalties for employee benefit plans under ERISA.
United States
19 Feb 2018
Fringe Benefits: What Tax Reform Means To The Employer
The new tax reform legislation includes important changes to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefit programs, including transportation benefit programs ...
United States
19 Jan 2018
Settling The Standard For Prudence? Fall Brings New Guidance For ESOP Trustees
Through a series of recent settlements, the US Department of Labor has outlined the process steps fiduciaries should follow in connection with a transaction involving a purchase from...
United States
6 Dec 2017
Treasury Issues New Guidelines On Searching For Missing Retirement Plan Participants
The US Department of the Treasury recently issued guidance that retirement plan sponsors should consider as part of their obligation to take reasonable steps to locate missing participants.
United States
29 Nov 2017
Fringe Benefits: What The Proposed Tax Bills Mean To The Employer
At this early stage of the legislative process, it is important to note that these proposals are subject to change.
United States
22 Nov 2017
Senate Finance Committee Modifies Executive Compensation Provisions In New Modified Mark Of Tax Reform Bill
The proposed replacement of 409A with 409B would have had significant tax implications for those employees with non-qualified deferred compensation plans.
United States
20 Nov 2017
Tax Breaks In The New Hurricane Legislation For Employers And Taxpayers
The employer's trade or business must be in a county declared a major disaster area by the president of the United States.
United States
15 Nov 2017
New Hurricane Legislation Grants Additional Distribution, Withdrawal And Loan Relief For Certain Retirement Plan Participants
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not yet provided needed guidance on the new law.
United States
10 Nov 2017
View From McDermott: Hurricane Survival Guide For Employee Benefit Plans And Employers
According to U.S. News & World Report, estimates for the cost of Hurricane Harvey's damage have come in as high as $190 billion, and damage estimates for Hurricane Irma are still rolling...
United States
12 Oct 2017
Hurricane Harvey Relief For Employee Benefit Plans
The list may be expanded as the impact of Hurricane Harvey is assessed.
United States
12 Sep 2017
Employers Can Provide Tax-Free Disaster Assistance To Employees
Section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code allows an employer to provide tax-free qualified disaster relief payments to Texas and Louisiana employees in designated areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
United States
7 Sep 2017
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