PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — (April 14, 2020) Fulcrum Partners, a leading executive benefits advisory, has just released a new report on some potential consequences of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) on executive compensation. As the report noted, the CARES Act, drafted with urgency to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, lacks definitions and specificity in a number of important areas that pertain to executive compensation issues.
Kristine Kopsiaftis Lampert, a Fulcrum Partners Managing Director, is actively involved in community initiatives and charitable causes. A Trustee on the Delray Beach Public Library Board of Directors, Kristine lent her support to the February 7, 2020, Laugh with the Library fundraiser.
Attorney Mike Melbinger always brings us informative insights. Deferred Compensation News is pleased to share Mike’s recent post on the topic of foregone compensation and related reporting requirements. This information was first published on the Executive Compensation Blog on March 31, 2020.
Internal Revenue Code Section 457 provides tax-advantaged treatment for certain nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Included are both 457 plans and 457(b) plans. The focus of this update is the non-governmental 457(b) Top Hat plan.
Deferred Compensation News is pleased to provide this Fulcrum Partners report, prepared and originally published by Principal Life, a member of the Principal Financial Group®. With socioeconomic and regulatory landscapes changing day by day and sometimes hour by hour, both plan providers and plan participants are faced with new and unexpected issues.
Last week, we shared our most recent whitepaper, “Rabbi Trust: An Important Element of a Nonqualified Executive Benefit Plan during Times of Financial Stress” plus an important blog post update, “COVID-19 and the Unforeseen Emergency under IRS 409A” here on the Deferred Compensation News. In case you missed the link to read or download this report, we’re resharing it here: #ICYMI.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought operational challenges and financial strain to businesses in every sector. While some organizations have terminated employees, other businesses have been able to furlough some of, or all, their workforce instead. How the employer handles the furlough is important for many reasons, including how the guidelines of Internal Revenue Code Section 409A (IRC 409A) impact decisions made by both employer and employee.
Internal Revenue Code Section §409A (IRC 409A) regulations govern the design and administration of nonqualified executive benefit plans. Nonqualified executive benefit plans have very specific rules on the form and timing of participant distributions and, generally, offer little flexibility on changing the form or timing of the distributions following the submission of the election form. One of the exceptions in the 409A regulations for altering previously submitted distribution elections is addressed under the unforeseeable emergency provisions.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL — (March 26, 2020) Fulcrum Partners, one of the nation’s largest executive benefits advisories, announces publication of “Rabbi Trust: An Important Element of a Nonqualified Executive Benefit Plan during Times of Financial Stress.” The whitepaper, which is available to view online or download as a PDF, provides an overview of nonqualified plan benefit security issues that are important to review during financial or economic turmoil, specifically looking at rabbi trusts as the primary benefit security tools available to nonqualified plan sponsors.
IslerDare is a legal firm dedicated exclusively to the representation of management in all aspects of labor, employment and employee benefits law. We frequently share their insights here on the Deferred Compensation Blog, and are pleased to provide you this link to their timely newsletter, “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Your Medical and Retirement Plans,” and the excerpt featured below, which specifically addresses current IRS positions on issues that could result from the COVID-19 Pandemic.