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How Can We Tweak Our Plan's Eligibility Requirements to Make Administration Easier?

DWC 10/20/20
Facts We’ve sponsored our 401(k) plan for several years now, and it’s been very well-received by our employees. Believe it or not, though, one of the biggest challenges we have had is around when employees become eligible. Some of our staff are salaried, while others are hourly. We have both part-time and full-time employees, and we are also ...
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How Can We Add More Flexibility to our Standard Profit Sharing Contributions?

DWC 10/13/20
Facts We have made profit sharing contributions each year, and we plan to continue to do so every year that our financial situation allows. Historically, we have contributed the same percentage of pay for each person, but your previous Question of the Week about using the profit sharing feature to reward certain key performers piqued our interest.
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Can We Tweak our 401(k) to Allow Additional Savings for Reasons More Immediate than Retirement?

DWC 10/6/20
Facts Our company takes a holistic approach to the benefits we offer. We want our employees to have access to benefits that assist them with their overall financial security. We offer several health insurance options as well as a 401(k) plan with company match. We would also like to make it easy for our employees to set money aside for other ...
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Are Discretionary Matching Contributions Becoming a Little Less...Discretionary?

DWC 09/29/20
Facts My company has sponsored a 401(k) plan for many years, and it provides for a discretionary matching contribution. I’ve always sought to build in as much flexibility as possible, so having discretion not only in how much we match each year and when we make those contributions (each pay period, monthly, etc.) has worked well for us. I recently ...
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Can We Add a Safe Harbor Provision While Maintaining Flexibility in Contribution Costs?

DWC 09/22/20
Facts We currently sponsor a 401(k) plan and have been debating adding a safe harbor provision for 2021. While the idea of buying our way out of the ADP/ACP tests is appealing, we’re nervous about the idea of a mandatory contribution. If cash flow isn’t what we expect in a given year, we don’t want to be stuck with expensive contributions.
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Can a Former Employee Roll a Coronavirus-Related Distribution Back into our Plan?

DWC 09/15/20
Facts Earlier this year, we decided to make the CARES Act coronavirus-related distributions (CRDs) available to participant in our 401(k) plan. We know that it is possible for participants to repay CRDs, but we didn’t anticipate any would be interested in that option. We’re glad that some do now want to repay, but we want to be sure we handle ...
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Is There an "Easy Button" for Setting Up a New Retirement Plan?

DWC 09/1/20
Facts As a small business owner, I’m constantly looking for cost-effective ways to improve the benefits I offer my employees. My industry is a competitive one, and it’s important to me to have a package that helps attract top talent and retain current employees too. Recently, my attention has turned toward implementing a retirement plan, but it ...
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How Can I Minimize my Risk When Reviewing and Approving Hardship Withdrawals?

DWC 08/25/20
Facts As a plan sponsor, I want my employees to have access to their retirement accounts in the event of a financial emergency. I know that offering hardship withdrawals could satisfy that goal, but after doing some reading, I’m a little nervous about the risk associated with reviewing and approving these types of requests. Not only that, but I ...
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Which Common Plan Fees Can (and Should) We Pay from Plan Assets?

DWC 08/18/20
Facts We are reviewing our company expense budget to identify any that we can eliminate or reduce. We’ve read that it is possible to pay expenses related to maintaining company retirement plans out of plan assets. We sponsor both a 401(k) plan and cash balance plan for our employees, so shifting some of those fees from the company to the plan ...
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What Are My Options (and Deadlines) for Implementing a Retirement Plan This Year?

DWC 08/11/20
Facts We’ve been debating implementing a 401(k) plan for 2020. After much back and forth, we’ve decided its “a go!” for this year. Since we are still in a more relaxed summer vacation mode, we’d like to wait until sometime this fall to really get rolling on implementation.
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