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Benefits Perspectives

27 January 2021 - By Charles J. Clark, Christopher R. Wood

The first step for the 117th Congress in enacting relief for defined benefit pension plans from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is included in “The Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021.”

29 December 2020 - By Bret Linton, Vicki Mazzie, Vanessa M. Vaag

In addition to annual funding for the federal government and provisions on economic stimulus necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted on December 27, includes temporary relief from the minimum vesting standards tax rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans- both defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans.

23 October 2020 - By Dominick Pizzano, Sarah Murray

This alert speculates on possible increases in Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax and why there may be interest in the “early inclusion” option under Internal Revenue Code §3121(v) for sponsors of and participants in non-account balance (i.e., defined benefit) non-qualified deferred compensation plans, also commonly referred to as supplemental executive retirement plans or “Top-Hats.”

02 September 2020 - By Charles J. Clark, Ginny Boggs

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has published an interim final rule describing calculation methodology and model language to “obtain relief from liability” in the presentation of “Lifetime Income Illustrations” applicable to ERISA-covered defined contribution (individual account) plans, the intent of which is likely a regulatory safe harbor.

29 April 2020 - By Bret Linton, Vicki Mazzie, Vanessa M. Vaag

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act permits a “qualified individual” to certify to the employer that they qualify to elect a coronavirus-related distribution.

25 November 2019 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

This card lists the 2020 key limits for employer-sponsored retirement plans, Social Security and Medicare levels, and health savings account limits set by federal agencies.

19 November 2019 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for calendar-year defined contribution retirement plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

18 November 2019 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for calendar-year single-employer defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

06 November 2019 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

25 February 2019 - By Dominic Clark

Central and Eastern Europe’s experience of the pension reform process can illuminate some of the pitfalls of embracing systemic pension reforms too eagerly, with subsequent reversal of these reforms occurring some years later as governments found themselves increasingly under financial strain.

30 January 2019 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined contribution retirement plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

22 January 2019 - By Christine Castle, Barbara Culley

How can employers prepare for and address opioid abuse and misuse?

07 December 2018 - By Jennifer M. Fleck

This article discusses items for employers to consider when group disability and life insurance benefits come up for renewal.

04 December 2018 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code: Multiemployer.

05 November 2018 - By Michelle N. Angeloni, Rebekah D. Bayram, Joe Becker, Brandy N. Millen

This issue of Benefits Perspectives features an article comparing and contrasting three volatility-based investment strategies and discussing the implications of applying them in a retirement plan and an article about managing pharmacy costs through focused analytics.

17 January 2018 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code: Multiemployer.

28 December 2017 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code: Single-employer.

13 January 2017 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined contribution retirement plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

03 January 2017 - By Milliman Employee Benefits Research Group

Key administrative dates and deadlines for defined benefit plans subject to ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code: Single-employer.

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