RMDs and the “Still Working” Exception: Planning Strategies

In general, qualified retirement plans require participants to begin taking the required minimum distribution (RMD) by April 1st of the year they turn 70 ½. Some plan participants, however, intend to keep working and want to take an exception to this rule, leaving the funds in their retirement plan to further grow. When taking the exception, then the RMD begins when the employee retires or is laid off from work with Read More

New Code Section 83(i) Equity for Private Employers: More Headache Than Benefit?

Recently, the IRS issued guidance on the election to defer compensation under section 83(i). However, there is still much question, especially for smaller operations, regarding the administrative headache, as compared to the benefits, of setting up deferred compensation. Indeed, many businesses are electing to simply avoid 83(i) by amending their equity plans altogether. In short, section 83(i) permits private Read More


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The Importance of Proactive ERISA Legal Compliance Reviews

Periodically, the IRS will audit qualified retirement plans to ensure compliance with ERISA and federal regulations. Having taken the time to be proactive and conducting an internal legal compliance review before the IRS comes calling means you not only have confidence in your plan’s ability to pass an audit, but you’ll be prepared to hand the IRS agents the documentation they need. Preparation makes the process less Read More

State Fiduciary and Best Interest Developments

In addition to federal laws and regulations, businesses must also pay attention to state-level laws that might affect their benefits and programs. Here are a few recent changes at the state level that specifically apply to benefit fiduciaries and best interests. Connecticut: As of the first of this year, a company responsible for administrating a retirement plan offered by a political subdivision of the state, Read More

Key Considerations for Implementing a Safe Harbor 401(k) Plan

If your business is considering implementing a 401(k) plan for your employees, or changing the plan provided, the alternatives are to either offer a traditional 401(k) or look at alternative options using the safe harbor provision. This can be a complicated decision as it combines both laws and regulations surrounding plan offerings as well as your businesses priorities. You should also consider employee preferences Read More

Causes of HIPAA Breaches: Why Does it Matter

How we communicate is changing every day, and this includes how patients are communicating with their doctors and insurance providers and even how doctors are communicating with each other. All this ease of communication can have huge benefits, but when it concerns protected health information (PHI), such information also needs to be carefully protected. Forgetting to implement proper protocols and processes to Read More


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Voluntary Benefits and ERISA

One safe harbor that many employers take advantage of is voluntary benefits programs that are exempt from ERISA. These voluntary plans can offer a variety of benefits to employees, but in order to be exempt, businesses must be careful to follow all requirements to meet the safe harbor provision. A recent case, McCann v. Unum Provident, argued last October before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Read More