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The US Department of Labor (DOL) final amendment to Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84-14, the so-called QPAM Exemption that is commonly relied upon by investment managers for ERISA-governed employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts to avoid potential prohibited transaction issues, was published in the Federal Register on April 3, with the changes becoming effective

Recent headlines involving the Central States Teamsters Pension Fund and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) Special Financial Assistance (SFA) Program highlights an issue with meaningful consequences for multiemployer defined benefit plans—unreported deceased participants. In fact, PBGC’s alleged overpayment of $127 million under the American Rescue Plan Act’s Special Financial Assistance (SFA) Program covering an

Effective May 28, 2024, following recent changes to US Securities and Exchange Commission and NASDAQ Stock Market rules, most standard broker-dealer securities transactions will have to be settled within one business day after the Deposit Withdrawal at Custodian date (DWAC or trade date). This will likely have significant federal employment tax implications for employers that

Fiduciary committees have long been established in connection with retirement plans to manage the investment, legal compliance, and operational risks that can arise under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). Since the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and, more recently, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Besides being Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024 is an important day for employers with any California employees: It is the last day for employers to notify California employees (including former employees who were employed after January 1, 2022) that any unlawful noncompetes applicable to them are void. These notices need to be specific to each

US state and federal laws have increasingly sought to regulate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing—a trend that continued in 2023. This increased regulatory focus has impacted benefit plans, including ERISA plans and, especially, public retirement plans.

Effective as of January 1, 2023, payors of qualified plan distributions have been required to use a redesigned IRS Form W-4P for payee withholding elections on periodic payments and a new Form W-4R for nonperiodic payments and eligible rollover distributions. Since then, we have fielded myriad questions on the new forms, from the basic requirements