New Supreme Court ruling may affect employee benefit plans

As you probably already know, the Supreme Court issued several important decisions during this year’s term. One of the most ground-breaking was their decision in Bostock v. Clayton County holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects transgender, gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation or…

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New IRS Guidance on Suspension of RMDs

And just as we thought that the new coronavirus guidance was beginning to slow down, the IRS proved us wrong. On June 23, 2020, the IRS issued new guidance on the waiver of required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) from certain qualified retirement plans. I. General Background As a refresher, section 401(a)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code…

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New Guidance Regarding Required, Free COVID-19 Testing

Hi everyone.  Last week, on June 23, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) issued new guidance regarding the employee benefits aspects of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the FFCRA), the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act…

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Additional guidance regarding the CARES Act

Hi everyone. I hope all of you are doing well. I want to pass along some quick information on a new IRS notice (Notice 2020-50) that was issued last Friday, which provides additional guidance regarding the CARES Act. You can find the notice here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-50.pdf. There are lots of helpful details in the notice, but…

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Final electronic delivery guidance for plan administrators

Good morning everyone. I hope all of you are doing well, and that your business is hanging in there. This morning the Department of Labor issued their final rule creating a new, additional method for plan administrators to use to deliver certain benefit plan documents to participants and beneficiaries electronically. I am still studying the…

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New documents impacting benefit plan administrators released

Good morning everyone. Yesterday, various government agencies released a number of new documents that impact – right now – the administration of benefit plans including: Final regulations (U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service) – extending certain deadlines including (a) HIPAA special enrollment periods – e.g., deadline for a participant to add a new…

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