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October 14, 2020

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Considerations for Terminating a 401(k) or Profit-Sharing Plan
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How the Creator of the 4 Percent Rule Applied It for His Clients and His Own Retirement
October 13, 2020 WEBCAST
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Retirement Plans Under Attack: DOL Audits
October 20, 2020 WEBCAST
Littler

Structuring Student Loan Repayment Benefit Programs: IRS Guidance, Applicable Rules, Key Planning Considerations
November 5, 2020 WEBCAST
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New DOL Guidance on Retirement Plans: Private Equity, Amendments to Investment Duties for ESG Investments
November 10, 2020 WEBCAST
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2020 Election Results and Retirement Plan Legislative Outlook
November 11, 2020 WEBCAST
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Liability Insurance for ERISA Plan Sponsors: Minimizing Financial Risks During the Pandemic and Economic Downturn
December 2, 2020 WEBCAST
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[Official Guidance]

Text of PBGC Interest Rate Assumptions for Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans, November 2020

"The November 2020 lump sum interest assumptions will be 0.00 percent for the period during which a benefit is (or is assumed to be) in pay status and 4.00 percent during any years preceding the benefit's placement in pay status. In comparison with the interest assumptions in effect for October 2020, these assumptions represent no change in the immediate rate and are otherwise unchanged." Icon to read more

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[Guidance Overview]

DOL Issues Guidance on Private Equity Investments in 401(k) Plans

"The DOL acknowledged that in evaluating investments to be offered as designated investment alternatives, plan fiduciaries must engage in an objective, thorough and analytical process that considers all of the relevant facts and circumstances. The DOL pointed out that, as applied to the fund at issue, certain factors unique to private equity investments should be considered[.]" Icon to read more

Faegre Drinker

Déjà Vu! Didn’t We Just Finish Restatements? (PDF)

"While the vast majority of service providers won't be ready to kick off the tricycle until the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, or even the first quarter of 2021, the intervening time should be used wisely to prepare both its own staff and its clients.... [1] Look at the numbers ... [2] Communications ... [3] Training ... [4] Prioritization ... [5] How much to charge? ... [6] Safe harbor plan conundrum ... [7] Participant communications ... [8] Get started." Icon to read more

Ferenczy Benefits Law Center via Plan Consultant

Supreme Court Ends Attempt to Impose Company Pension Liabilities on Private Equity Funds

"With the Supreme Court's denial, the Sun Capital litigation appears to have reached its conclusion. While this represents a win for the Sun Capital defendants, this outcome leaves the First Circuit's endorsement of a 'trade or business' theory of withdrawal liability under ERISA undisturbed, as well as its incorporation of a multi-factor test for determining whether multiple funds could together constitute a 'partnership-in-fact' for these purposes." [Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, Nos. 16-1376, 19-1002 (1st Cir. Nov. 22, 2019; cert. pet. denied Oct. 5, 2020)] Icon to read more

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP via Lexology

Nestlé Named in Excessive Fee Suit

"The plan in question had more than 39,000 participants and approximately $4.2 billion in assets. As other excessive fee suits have alleged, this one alleges that 'after an inquiry reasonable under the circumstances,' the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by 'among other things: [1] authorizing the Plan to pay unreasonably high fees for recordkeeping and administration (RK&A); [2] authorizing the Plan to pay unreasonably high fees for managed account services; and [3] engaging in self-dealing with regard to administration of the Plan.' " [Guyes v. Nestle USA Inc., No. 20-1560 (E.D. Wis. complaint filed Oct. 9, 2020) Icon to read more

American Retirement Association [ARA]

New DOL E-Disclosure Rule Aimed at Those Not 'Wired at Work'

"If a plan sponsor meets all the proper requirements for either the 2002 or 2020 procedures, most notices and statements can be delivered electronically. Sometimes, this requires participant's consent, and all participants need to be given the option to receive information physically." Icon to read more

Meld Financial, Inc.

Compliance Issues for 457(b) Plans Remain a Focus for IRS

"With the release of two new issue snapshots, IRS continues to focus on nonqualified deferred compensation plans under Internal Revenue Code Section 457. One snapshot explains the rules for correcting deferrals in excess of the annual limits for 457(b) plans, while the other explores some of the tax consequences to nongovernmental tax-exempt employers and their employees when a 457(b) plan becomes an ineligible 457(f) plan. Although snapshots typically don't provide new guidance, they often include tips that could prove useful in the event of an IRS audit." Icon to read more

Mercer

Saving for Retirement Is the No. 1 Contributor to Feeling Financially Resilient for Working Individuals

"Among working respondents, 91 percent say that saving for retirement is a current financial goal, with 64 percent identifying it as a major goal. No goal ranks higher among this demographic group.... Yet 60 percent of respondents report they are falling behind on retirement savings. Of those who do not feel on track with this goal, 30 percent say their progress has been directly affected by the pandemic.... The survey showed that the pandemic has changed nearly 80 percent of Americans' views about what is financially important." Icon to read more

TIAA

The Evolving Defined Contribution Landscape: The Expanding Role of OCIOs

"The use of [Outsourced Chief Investment Officers (OCIOs)] in the DC market remains an evolving area in terms of both services provided and desired, and adoption is in the early days with more interest from mid-size DC plan sponsors. The goal of [this research] was to capture insights and to offer a window into the current landscape of the OCIO arena to help better inform DC plan sponsors, DC consultants and OCIO managers alike." Icon to read more

PGIM

DC Sponsors Satisfied with Their OCIOs

"15% of plan sponsors currently use an [OCIO] for their entire 401(k) plan. Use of OCIOs are more common for midsize plans (24%) -- with between $250 million and $500 million in assets -- than larger plans (8%) ... Nearly two-thirds (64%) of plan sponsor respondents said they do not use and have never considered using an OCIO[.]" Icon to read more

Pensions & Investments

[Opinion]

IRIC Comment Letter to EBSA on Pension Benefit Statements -- Lifetime Income Illustrations (PDF)

"[IRIC] specifically supports the uniformity of the disclosure ... [P]articipants will receive a consistent message on lifetime income regardless of their employer or their recordkeeper.... IRIC requests additional clarity on the latitude the Department is providing with respect to adherence to the specific language outlined in the IFR.... [IRIC suggests] that the Department make it clear that projecting balances to age 67 using reasonable assumptions is education as defined by I.B. 96-1 and would not be considered fiduciary advice under Section 3(21) of ERISA." Icon to read more

Institutional Retirement Income Council [IRIC]

Benefits in General

ERISA Advisory Council to Meet November 13

"[T]he 203rd open meeting of the [ERISA Advisory Council] will be held via a teleconference on Friday, November 13, 2020.... The purpose of the open meeting is for the members of the ERISA Advisory Council to discuss potential recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on the issues of: [1] Examining Top Hat Plan Participation and Reporting, and [2] Considerations for Recognizing and Addressing Participants with Diminished Capacity." Icon to read more

Employee Benefits Security Administration [EBSA], U.S. Department of Labor [DOL]

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Employment Agreement Can Serve as a Plan Amendment?

"Is anyone aware of a good discussion on whether/when an individual employment agreement will be construed as an amendment to an ERISA plan? For example, assume a retirement plan provides for 3% employer contribution, but the company signs a contract with one employee promising 5%. Or, alternatively, a retiree health plan provides that benefits can be discontinued at any time, but the company signs a contract with one employee promising to maintain those benefits for life." Icon to read more

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Do Your Clients Get Source Documents for a Hardship Claim?

"The Internal Revenue Manual describes a method for a plan's administrator to decide a claim for a hardship distribution using only the participant's written statements, including some that 'summarize' an expense incurred. Under this method, the administrator need not read, nor even immediately collect, a source document that shows the claimed hardship expense. How many of your clients use this method and do not ask for any source document? How many of your clients require a source document? Do your clients' methods vary with the plan's recordkeeper?" Icon to read more

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Can Ex-Spouse Get a QDRO on an Alternate Payee's Account?

"Husband and wife were divorced 10 years ago and a QDRO was issued awarding the wife 50% of husband's account. Wife, as the alternate payee, chose to keep the funds in the plan. Husband had primary custody of children and was due child support payments from the ex-wife. Fast forward ten years. The ex-wife has made no child support payments. Husband obtained garnishment order from the court going after ex-wife's alternate payee account. The only way I see this being accomplished is if a QDRO can be issued for the child support arrearages. Agree?" Icon to read more

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