Topic Archive: Legislation

Meet the MEPs: What's Next?

DWC | 09/18/19

Welcome to the finale of our series on the Department of Labor’s new regulations, updating the definition of “Employer” under ERISA to extend the availability of multiple employer plans to more businesses.

We’ve covered a lot of ground so far:

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Meet the MEPs: Grab Bag

DWC | 09/11/19

The Department of Labor’s new regulations that expand the availability of multiple employer plans cover quite a bit of ground.  In previous posts, we’ve explored Association MEPs, PEO MEPs, Corporate MEPs, and working owners.

Though not technically part of the regulations themselves, the Department of Labor also addresses a grab bag of questions that came in through the comment process in the preamble.  In this post, we will run through some of those items.

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Meet the MEPs: Corporate MEPs

DWC | 08/28/19

Thanks to the Department of Labor’s recently published regulations, we went from just having multiple employer plans top having several different types of MEPs.  We’ve already covered association MEPs and PEO MEPs, so now it is time to take a quick look at what the DOL calls “corporate MEPs.”

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Meet the MEPs: PEOs

DWC | 08/21/19

The next item up for bids in our series on the Department of Labor’s new regulations on multiple employer plans is on professional employer organizations, more commonly referred to by their acronym: PEOs.  These organizations have an interesting history when it comes to retirement plans.

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Uncashed Distribution Checks? The IRS Provides New Guidance...Sort Of

DWC | 08/15/19

Just about anyone who has dealt with a 401(k) plan – either as a plan sponsor or a service provider – for any amount of time has had to deal with the issue of participants not timely cashing plan distribution checks.  There are all sorts of potential concerns that range from tax implications to fiduciary responsibilities, but neither the IRS nor the DOL have been especially forthcoming with guidance.

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Meet the MEPs: Working Owners

DWC | 08/14/19

Unless you’ve been on vacation somewhere off the grid, you’ve likely heard the news and read the headlines that the Department of Labor recently published new regulations that expand the availability of multiple employer plans.  While that is true, what those new rules actually do is to change ERISA’s definition of the term “Employer” so that more types of organizations fit within it, thus allowing them to sponsor MEPs.

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Meet the MEPs: Association Retirement Plans

DWC | 08/7/19

When the Department of Labor’s new multiple employer plan regulations take effect later this year, we will have three types of MEPs:

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DWC News Update: It's Just Another MEPish Monday

DWC | 07/30/19

Yesterday morning while we were all sipping our first cup of Monday morning coffee, the Department of Labor published its much-anticipated final regulations expanding the availability of multiple employer plans to associations, PEOs, and self-employed individuals.

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DWC News Update: A Bad Apple a Day Keeps the MEP Away

DWC | 07/8/19

One of the drawbacks that is often cited about multiple employer plans is the so-called “one bad apple rule.”  It provides that if a single participating employer in a MEP allows its part of the plan to operate in a non-compliant manner, it puts the entire plan and all of the other participating employers at risk.  Although there have been numerous proposals in Congress to eliminate the one bad apple rule, none have made it across the finish line.

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DWC News Update: House Passes the SECURE Act

DWC | 05/24/19

-A breakdown of breaking news from DWC's Managing Partner, Keith Clark

If you are reading the mainstream press, the SECURE Act being signed into law is just around the corner.  While the overwhelming bi-partisan approval in the House of Representatives is an important (and increasingly rare) development, there are still a number of steps that must occur before it becomes law:

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