On January 12, a final Department of Labor (DOL) rule went into effect that amends the regulations governing the selection of retirement plan investments by fiduciaries under ERISA. Some important changes were made to the Final Rule from the proposed rule that was first issued a year ago.
If your company is involved in a merger or spinoff, you’ll need to plan carefully for how your qualified retirement plan will be affected. Failure to plan ahead for the impact of a merger or spinoff on your plan could lead to unintended consequences.
Despite your best efforts to remain compliant, operational errors are sometimes made in the administration of employee retirement plans. When errors occur, you generally have two main options for correcting them:
As an employee benefit plan sponsor, you could face harsh consequences for failing to satisfy ERISA requirements as they relate plan fiduciaries. One of the best ways to defend against these liabilities is to form an effective employee benefit plan governance committee.
They are two of the most common questions that many businesses sponsoring an employee retirement plan ask: Do we need to have an annual audit performed on our plan? And if so, how can we best prepare for the audit?
Last spring, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would have made sweeping changes to the nation’s retirement system - but this legislation, known as the SECURE Act, failed to make it through the Senate.
At the end of last year, however, supporters of the SECURE Act added its provisions to a spending bill. This will result in a number of key changes to the rules for creating and maintaining employer-sponsored retirement plans, including the following:
1. Lower barriers to offering multiple employer plans (MEPs). MEPs are retirement plans created by two or more businesses that are unrelated to each other. Starting in 2021, the rules allowing unrelated businesses to form an MEP will be relaxed, making it easier for small businesses to offer these plans to employees.
Topics: Employee Benefit Plans
In September, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final regulations that make a number of significant changes to the rules that apply to hardship distributions from 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans. These regulations respond to public comments that were made regarding earlier proposed regulations.