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The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act

Posted by: Sharon B. Hearn, Bryan J. Gross, and Janice L. Hamilton on February 27, 2020

On December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act was signed into law by President Trump as a part of a larger budget appropriations bill.  Many who have commented on the SECURE Act believe it is the most significant retirement legislation in more than...


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Mandatory Arbitration, Class Action & Exhaustion Provisions: Cause to Amend Claims Procedures?

Posted by: Bryan J. Gross and Lisa A. Durham on February 25, 2020

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Nearly two months into 2020, you are finally beginning to recover from yet another chaotic group health plan open-enrollment, so now might be the perfect time to consider updating your organization’s retirement plan documents. A couple of ERISA cases from the fourth quarter of 2019 provide you...


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IRS Announces Retirement Plan Limitations for 2020

on November 7, 2019

Earlier today the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2019-59 announcing the cost-of-living adjustments applicable to pension and retirement plan dollar limitations for tax year 2020.  The elective deferral limit for participants who participate in 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) plans and SARSEPs has...


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IRS Issues Final Regulations for Hardship Distributions

Posted by: Bryan J. Gross on October 18, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The IRS has issued final regulations regarding hardship distributions from 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  While the final regulations differ little from the proposed regulations (as described in our November 15, 2018 Employee Benefits ALERT), there are changes worth noting.

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Is Your Organization in Compliance With IRS Rules on Employer Identification Numbers?

Posted by: Kendall A. Schnurpel on April 30, 2019

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

On March 27, 2019 the IRS announced that taxpayers can no longer request an employer identification number (“EIN”) unless the “responsible party” named on the application has a Social Security number (“SSN”) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (“ITIN”). This change goes into effect on...


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Proposed Regulations Allowing for Expanded Usage of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) - Another Step In President Trump's Focus on Health Care Reform

on November 19, 2018

A trifecta federal agency approach to expansion efforts related to health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”) occurred on October 29, 2018. The Departments of Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor (collectively, the “Departments”) jointly announced proposed HRA regulations, effective...


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IRS Announces Pension Plan Limitations for 2019

Posted by: Janice L. Hamilton on November 16, 2018

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2018-83 announcing the cost-of-living  adjustments applicable to pension and retirement plan dollar limitations for tax year 2019.  The elective deferral limit for participants who participate in 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) plans and SARSEPs has increased...


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