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Not submitting employee deferrals or submitting them late are surefire ways to get the attention of the DOL. In my many years of experience auditing employee benefit plans, I have never encountered a plan sponsor who seeks the attention of the Department of Labor (“DOL”). Common operational issues in the administration of employee benefit plans …

Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) participants are better off than those who work for non-ESOP companies with a 401(k) plan, and the benefit can serve as a retention tool for companies, as well as a cushion for employees to be more financially resilient in the event of a crisis, according to a study by the …

In 2015, the Ministry of Labour published a study that found that 39% of employee benefit plan audits had one or more major deficiencies. Because of these results, the Ministry of Labor asked the American Institute of Chartered Accountants (AICPA) to launch a project to strengthen the quality of employee benefit plan audits and improve …

Employers, insurers and benefit plan vendors are all impacted by new guidance issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aimed at mitigating the disruptive effect of COVID-19. The guidance was issued on April 28, 2020. In a related step, the DOL also issued new Model COBRA notices on May …

The Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) set forth numerous disclosure, notice and election requirements for employee benefit plans. These communications can involve thousands of pages per year, per participant, and be very expensive if they must be printed on paper and mailed. Few participants really want all …

The American Institute of CPAs has published a Q&A series to help auditors of benefit plan financial statements deal with this complex area and a revised auditing standard. AICPA Industry FAQs on Employee Benefit Plans with Sample Auditor Reports for the Initial Year of Implementation of SAS # 136, as amended, provides non-authoritative guidance on …

Opinions expressed by Contractor the contributors are theirs. Benefit plans are by their very nature decentralized. Certain aspects of the plan may be contracted out to third party service organizations specializing in accounting and investment record keeping functions. Paradoxically, however, companies take full responsibility for the integrity of all aspects of their benefit plan, including …

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) released a new auditing standard for employee benefit plans in July 2019. The new standard is commonly referred to as SAS 136, but its official name is Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 136, Forming an opinion and report on the financial statements of employee benefit plans …

Related practices and jurisdictions In April and May 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and IRS extended certain benefit plan deadlines, such as special health plan registration application deadlines, election deadlines COBRA and the payment of premiums, and deadlines for claims and appeals. This extension was intended to last for the duration of the …

On February 26, 2021, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor issued Notice 2021-01 (the “Notice”). The notice was issued jointly with the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Departments”). Entitled “Advice on Maintaining Relief for Employee Benefit Plans and …

Employers face uncertainty over the expiration of COVID-19 relief that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published in a joint directive on May 4, 2020. The joint directives require that employee benefit plans take or suspend certain deadlines during the “epidemic period,” which the directives define as the period …

Thursday 25 February 2021 Employers face uncertainty over the expiration of COVID-19 relief that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published in a joint directive on May 4, 2020. The joint guidelines require that employee benefit plans take or suspend certain deadlines during the “epidemic period,” which the guidelines …

Monday, December 28, 2020 The 2021 Consolidated Finance Law (CAA), which was enacted on December 27, 2020, includes provisions to increase the transparency of employee health benefit plans in four key areas. Removal of gag clauses on price and quality information Section 201 of the CAA amends the Employees Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the …

Related practices and jurisdictions Monday, December 14, 2020 On December 11, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule establishing a regulatory framework for trustees of private benefit plans to follow when exercising shareholder rights, including voting by proxy, and select and monitor proxy advisory firms. . The DOL said the …

A Republican proposal to reduce the increase in weekly benefits by $ 600 for those unemployed due to the coronavirus shutdown could lead to weeks, or even months, of late payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial improvement in federal unemployment are expected to be reprogrammed …

The United States Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration and the IRS recently issued the following coordinated guidelines providing additional relief to benefit plan sponsors, trustees, participants and beneficiaries who must overcome challenges related to employment. compliance with administrative requirements and deadlines under ERISA due to the COVID-19 outbreak and quarantine measures: EBSA Disaster …

The requirement to file audited financial statements with your benefit plan’s Form 5500 depends on whether your plan is considered a large or a small depositor, which is determined by the number of participants in your plan at the start of the plan. year of the plan. The participants in your plan are: All employees …

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS extended certain deadlines affecting employee benefit plans, including the deadline for filing Form 5500 for plan years ending September to November 2019 The new deadline, announced in Notice 2020-23, is July 15, 2020. Separately, the US Department of Labor (DOL) is extending the Employee Retirement Income Security …

On April 29, 2020, the Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service, and Department of Treasury (the Agencies) issued a Final Rule (Rule) regarding the extension of time limits under ERISA. and the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The rule applies to group health insurance, disability and provident schemes, pension schemes and …

Related practices and jurisdictions Thursday, January 30, 2020 For 2020, legislation enacted in December 2019 significantly increases the penalties imposed by the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for the late filing of certain notices and reports on employee benefit plans. Additionally, a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) makes inflation adjustments to …

Each year, a number of employee benefit plans are audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) to verify their compliance with the laws and regulations over which these agencies have enforcement authority. Agencies particularly focus on compliance issues that present the greatest potential risk to the greatest number of …