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Retirement Plans Newsletter

August 23, 2021

16 New Job Opportunities


[Guidance Overview]

DOL FAQs Provide Guidance Regarding Lifetime Income Illustrations for Defined Contribution Plans

"The earliest statement for which the [lifetime income illustrations (LIIs)] are required differs depending on whether the defined contribution plan is a participant-directed plan or a non-participant-directed plan.... [P]lan administrators may provide LIIs based on the framework published in the Department's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2013. However, plan administrators must also provide lifetime income illustrations that comply with the requirements set forth in the IFR."  MORE >>

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[Guidance Overview]

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality icon A User's Guide to Implementing ARPA's DB Funding Relief

"Besides providing details on the relief elections, [IRS Notice 2021-48] gives sponsors abundant flexibility to manage credit balances and prior-year contributions. The notice also offers guidance on a few issues related to using ARPA interest rates for other purposes."  MORE >>


New 403(b) Plan Suit Says Fees Were 'Astronomical'

"Another multibillion-dollar plan -- this one a faith-based, not-for-profit health care organization and clinical care network -- finds itself in the crosshairs of a Capozzi Adler lawsuit.... [T]he suit notes that they delivered and received confirmation of their administrative demand -- but got no response, and so they declared that the 'failure to respond within the time prescribed by the SPD deems Plaintiffs' administrative claim exhausted.' " [Holmes v. Baptist Health of South Florida, Inc., No. 21-22986 (S.D. Fla. complaint filed Aug. 17, 2021)]  MORE >>

American Retirement Association [ARA]

Antitrust Issues Scuttled Aon-WTW Combo; What Comes Next?

"Regulators cited the elimination of competition in filing a civil lawsuit to halt the union of Aon and Willis Towers Watson. As significant consolidation occurs across the financial services industry, some wonder whether similar issues could arise again."  MORE >>


The Number of Older Workers Retiring in the Pandemic Soared

"Roughly 2 million more people than expected have joined the ranks of the retired in the pandemic, according to The New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. While some ... happily chose to retire early, others were forced into retirement after losing their jobs or quitting out of fears of exposure to COVID. This doesn't mean that they're permanently out of the workforce."  MORE >>

National Public Radio [NPR]

Is There Really an Exemption from Union Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability for the Trucking Industry?

"There are no PBGC regulations interpreting this exemption and only a few PBGC advisory opinions referencing certain aspects of the exemption. Of the more than 2,500 federal court cases dealing with union pension plan withdrawal liability, less than 30 cases refer to the trucking industry exemption and most of those 30 decisions do not deal with the qualifying requirements for the exemption but rather pertain to routine withdrawal liability issues such as arbitration deadlines, controlled group liability, 'evade and avoid' issues and bankruptcy."  MORE >>

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Forget Income Replacement, Focus on Supplying Cash Flow Needs

"Confusion over income-replacement rates -- combined with huge variations in actual income-replacement needs among different cohorts -- highlights why ... most pre-retirees should bypass income-replacement rates and instead use their expected cash flow needs to help determine how much money they'll need in retirement."  MORE >>


Benefits in General

Judge Rules California's Gig Worker Law Is Unconstitutional

"Friday's ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by three drivers and labor union Service Employees International Union who argued the law was unconstitutional because it limited the state Legislature's ability to make gig workers eligible for the state's workers' compensation program." [Castellanos v. State of California, No. RG21088725 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Alameda Cty. Aug. 20, 2021)]  MORE >>

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Employee Benefits Jobs

View job as Defined Contributions Consultant
for Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO) Defined Contributions Consultant

Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO)

Remote / Houston TX

View job as Defined Contributions Consultant
for Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO)

View job as Defined Benefits Combo, Cash Balance Consultant
for Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO) Defined Benefits Combo, Cash Balance Consultant

Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO)

Remote / Houston TX

View job as Defined Benefits Combo, Cash Balance Consultant
for Loren D. Stark Company (LDSCO)

View job as Pension Administrator
for National Administration, Inc. Pension Administrator

National Administration, Inc.

Remote / Menasha WI

View job as Pension Administrator
for National Administration, Inc.

View job as Senior Retirement Plan Analyst
for Preferred Pension Planning Corp Senior Retirement Plan Analyst

Preferred Pension Planning Corp


View job as Sr. Benefits Plan Administrator
for The Catholic Diocese of Arlington Sr. Benefits Plan Administrator

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington

Arlington VA

View job as Client Relationship Manager
for Ascensus Client Relationship Manager



View job as Installation Coordinator
for Ascensus Installation Coordinator


Remote / PA

View job as Defined Contribution Plan Consultant
for Ascensus Defined Contribution Plan Consultant



View job as Defined Benefit Plan Consultant
for Ascensus Defined Benefit Plan Consultant



View job as Plan Termination Administrator
for Ascensus Plan Termination Administrator


Remote / CA

View job as Regional Service Director
for Ascensus Regional Service Director


Remote / CA

View job as Onboarding Consultant
for Ascensus Onboarding Consultant


Remote / CO

View job as Senior Healthcare Actuarial Consultant
for Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus Senior Healthcare Actuarial Consultant

Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus


View job as Actuarial Consultant
for Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus Actuarial Consultant

Nyhart, part of FuturePlan by Ascensus


View job as Compliance Analyst
for Ascensus Compliance Analyst



View job as Pension Administrative Manager II
for Ascensus Pension Administrative Manager II



Selected New Discussions

Distribution Reporting to Participant Who Has No Valid SSN

"I'm curious how others are handling 1099-R reporting where you know you have an invalid SSN. Assume the participant has unequivocally confirmed they have been using both a name and SSN that was not properly assigned to them. They have a vested balance in the plan and are now requesting a distribution. Is there an argument to be made that a distribution cannot be processed until the participant has provided accurate information allowing the plan administrator to report the distribution? If not, how would you report?"

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