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Mandatory Payroll Deduction Savings Programs Are on the Rise

USA - November 7 2016 According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one-third of American workers do not have the option to participate in a retirement savings plan…

Nancy L. Ober.

IRS moves to prohibit lump sum windows for retirees

USA - July 15 2015 The IRS issued Notice 2015-49 (the "Notice") on July 9, 2015, effectively ending the ability of sponsors of qualified defined benefit pension plans…

Warren E. Fusfeld.

HIPAA privacy and security audits begin in November 2011

USA - November 21 2011 The HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, requires the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to perform periodic audits of covered entities and business associates to ensure compliance with the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).

Department of Labor Issues Final Fiduciary Rule

USA - April 7 2016 The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to re-define who is rendered a "fiduciary" of an employee benefit plan under the Employee…

Ilyse W. Schuman, Melissa B. Kurtzman, Steven J. Friedman.

IRS Notice 2016-03 Modifies the IRS Determination Letter Program

USA - January 25 2016 The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-03 (the “Notice”), addressing several items with respect to changes made to the IRS’s determination letter…