As we prepare for the final month of summer, August arrives with new deadlines. Thank you, as always, to our friends at IslerDare PC for providing us timely reminders and permitting us to share them with readers of Deferred Compensation News.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a press release aimed at defined benefit plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record keepers, and plan participants. For the first time, the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration issued cybersecurity guidance.
If you are trusting a Rabbi Trust to protect your retirement savings, then you might have been a little taken aback last month if you read the headline, “Ruby Tuesday Tells Court (And Retirees): ‘Pension Funds Are Ours.” In his article published in entirety below, Attorney Mike Melbinger does (as always) a thorough job breaking down the sequence of events impacting the Ruby Tuesday nonqualified plan participants.
A nonqualified deferred compensation plan (NQDC) is an unsecured promise made by an employer to pay compensation to key employees at a prespecified time in the future or upon the occurrence of a predetermined event. An NQDC plan is also one of the most powerful tools available to employers for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding key employees.
Proposed Department of Labor regulations on ESG investing (environmental, social, and governance) by retirement plans have drawn criticism from thirteen members of the US Senate. In a comment letter dated July 15, 2020, Independent party member, Senator Bernie Sanders, along with 12 Democratic Senators*, expressed “deep concern” over the DOL’s proposal “discouraging retirement plan fiduciaries from considering environmental, social, or governance (ESG) criteria in their investment decisions relating to ERISA-governed** retirement plans.”
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized regulations for the new “notice and access” safe harbor for retirement plans. Known as “NOA Safe Harbor,” the new guidelines permit plan administrators to send required disclosures to plan participants and beneficiaries via email or other electronic means, including allowing employers to post retirement plan disclosures online.
The team at Fulcrum Partners shares this important update from IslerDare PC, on the proposed new retirement plan electronic disclosure rule, from the Department of Labor (the DOL), regarding the allowance of online retirement plan disclosures.
Insights from SRP | Strategic Retirement Partners: Change is Coming if Your Plan Uses a Limited Scope Audit The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (AICPA) issued a new statement in July changing the requirements for its members that perform retirement plan audits. Previously, if a large plan utilized the limited scope audit option, the auditor effectively could …
This Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving a nonqualified deferred compensation plan (NQDC) shows why it can be important for a nonqual plan to comply with Internal Revenue Code Section 409A compliance and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) claims procedures. Fulcrum Partners shares these important insights from attorneys Greg Daugherty and Dave Tumen of Porter Wright, first …
Deferred Compensation News is pleased to share these insights from our friends at Strategic Retirement Partners (SRP) Plan Sponsor Decisions: How Many Investment Options Should You Offer? Often a plan sponsor struggles with deciding how many investment options to offer in their retirement plans. While people generally like to have lots of options when making other decisions, having too many …
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