Guidance On HEART Act

The IRS issues HEART Act guidance in Q & A form.

DOL To Expand Regulatory Definition of Fiduciary

The DOL intends to amend its regulations to expand the definition of plan fiduciary to include pension consultants and others under certain circumstances.

DOL Finalizes Participant Contribution Safe Harbor for Small Plans

DOL finalizes 7 day safe harbor regulation for participant contributions to small plans.

Updated COBRA Model Notice

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration COBRA page now has available model notices updated for the extension provisions of the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations.

DOL Updates its COBRA Page

The DOL has updated its COBRA page to reflect the recent extension of the COBRA subsidy provisions including adding an updated fact sheet, FAQs for employees and posters and flyers updated for the provisions extending the ARRA premium reduction in the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.

January Employee Plans News

The January, 2010 Edition of Employee Plans News includes a new address for determination letter requests.

New York State Mini-COBRA Extended to 36 Months; Other State Mini-COBRA Laws

Article by Benefits Attorney Charles Shulman discussing the new New York mini COBRA extension law.

Correction of 409A Document Failures

Notice 2010-6 permits taxpayers to correct certain failures of a nonqualified deferred compensation plan to comply with the plan document requirements of § 409A, or in certain circumstances to limit the amount includible in income and additional taxes under § 409A as a result of a plan document failure.

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