ERISA & Employee Benefits

Jon Schultze

Year End Reminders for Retirement Plans 2021 Edition

By Jon Schultze As the end of 2021 approaches, employers and plan sponsors of retirement plans need to be aware of their year-end responsibilities and some of the issues they will need to consider going into 2022. Year-end amendments – Plans may need to adopt amendments by December 31, 2021, even if the plan’s plan year is not the calendar year: Final hardship distributions regulations – The ...

The Impact of the Economic Downturn on Retirement Plans

The current volatility in the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic has created various issues for retirement plans that need to be addressed in an expedited and efficient manner.  The significant impacts on defined contribution and single employer defined benefit pension plans have been summarized in outlines prepared by Jon C. Schultze, Esq., available by clicking on the respective links ...

Withdrawals and Loans from Defined Contribution Retirement Plans

In reaction to the current volatility in the economy due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have been receiving a large number of questions from defined contribution plan sponsors regarding ways participants can access money in their accounts. While recognizing such leakage may cause future headaches for participants in their retirement, many individuals do not have the resources to weather this ...

Suspending or Reducing Safe Harbor Contributions in Defined Contribution Retirement Plans

In reaction to the current volatility in the economy due to covid-19, we have been receiving a large number of questions from retirement plan sponsors regarding whether it is permissible to suspend or reduce required safe-harbor contributions during the plan year.  Many companies have to reduce their expenses and improve cash flow.  In recent years many of these companies adopted safe harbor ...