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Press release: Announces Release of the 8th Edition of S. Derrin Watson's 'Who's the Employer' eSource

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Date: Sept. 14, 2020

Minneapolis, MN - September 14, 2020 - is pleased to announce the release of the 8th edition of S. Derrin Watson’s, Who’s the Employer eSource. This eSource has long been the leading source of information and analysis about employee and employer issues affecting US retirement plans. The clear, easy to understand language and thorough presentation of the law makes it a pleasure to read, as well as an essential reference for plan administrators, MEP sponsors, benefits counsel, and human resource departments.

The 8th edition of the eSource published by includes over 30% new material from the previous edition including:

  • Detailed explanation of how employer and employee status impact testing
  • Analysis of new IRS, DOL, and congressional rules for multiple employer plans
  • A chapter showing the impact of related employers on 401(k) plans
  • Dozens of new examples
  • Full chapters on nondiscrimination, predecessor employers, and QSLOBs
  • More detailed discussion of the consequences of related employer status

Derrin has also reorganized the material to make it easier to find what you need.  For example, all attribution rules can be found in one place, with comparisons to show the contrasts between the attribution systems.

Current subscribers of the Who’s the Employer eSource will have immediate access to the new 8th edition.

S. Derrin Watson, J.D. has gained expertise working in the retirement plan industry for over 42 years.  His published works also include the 403(b) Plan eSource, the 457 Plan eSource and the Plan Corrections eSource, all published with ERISApedia, where he answers subscriber questions in's Ask the Author service.

According to Derrin Watson, "I’ve reimagined Who’s the Employer 8th from top to bottom, focusing on answering the questions practitioners have on employee and related employer status, and how that status impacts nearly every aspect of plan design, testing, and administration.  In the process, I’ve reorganized the book to make it easier to find crucial information in the Internet age, and easier for me to add or change material as needed to keep it up to date.  Thanks to ERISApedia’s platform, with all citations a click away, research with the 8th edition of Who’s the Employer will be simpler than ever."

Timothy McCutcheon, publisher of added, "For over 20 years, Who’s the Employer has been the authoritative source for answers and analysis of controlled groups, affiliated service groups, leased employees, and related issues.  Derrin’s wit and experience come through in every chapter. ERISApedia is proud to be the exclusive publisher of this key resource as part of its growing suite of easy-to-use and affordable compliance tools."

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