Showing 19 posts by Amanda J. Dernovshek.
IRS Announces 2023 Cost-of-Living Adjustments for Retirement Plans and for Health and Welfare Benefit Plans
This blog has been updated since November 16, 2021. The data below is current.
The IRS has announced the 2023 cost-of-living adjustments for retirement plan and health and welfare benefit plan limitations. The charts below set forth the applicable limitations. Read More ›
Categories: Employee Benefits, Retirement
Process and Requirements of Women-Owned Small Business Certification
The federal government, states, and some cities set aside a percentage of funding to help women-owned businesses. In fact, in 2021, the federal government set aside 5% of its annual spending for businesses that obtained a Small Business Association (“SBA”) Women-Owned Certification (WOSB). Read More ›
Categories: Compliance, Startup
IRS Makes it Easier to Correct Certain Retirement Plan Compliance Issues
On July 16, 2021, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-30, an updated version of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”). Retirement plan sponsors may use EPCRS to correct certain compliance mistakes, and avoid the adverse tax consequences associated with plan disqualification.
We have provided a summary of the changes below. Read More ›
Categories: Employee Benefits, Retirement
Department of Labor Releases Employee Benefits and Cybersecurity Best Practices
On April 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) issued its first cybersecurity best practices guidance for retirement plans. The EBSA guidance has been highly anticipated as the frequency and cost of data breaches affecting employee benefit plans continues to rise. The EBSA guidance focuses on actions that plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries, record-keepers, and plan participants can take. Read More ›
Categories: Cybersecurity, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits
A Brief Legal Guide to Buying a Distressed Business
Earlier in the pandemic, our team identified the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 as a growth opportunity for businesses with the vision and the resources to take advantage. One such opportunity is the chance to diversify or grow by acquiring distressed competitors, suppliers, or customers. Read More ›
Categories: Chapter 11, Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions
Women Owned Small Business Certification Program - Part Two: Certification and Benefits
This is the second part in a series discussing the Women Owned Small Business (“WOSB”) certification program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”). Part One summarizes the eligibility requirements.
This post, Part Two, briefly reviews the certification process and the benefits of certification. Read More ›
Categories: Compliance, Did you Know?
2021 Arrives with Additional Flexibility for Flexible Spending Accounts
During 2020, a number of newly enacted laws created flexibility for various employee benefit plans. Please see Foster Swift’s publications on this topic here. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides additional flexibility for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (“Health FSAs”) and Dependent Care Assistance Plans (“DCAPs”), specifically. Read More ›
Categories: Employee Benefits
Women Owned Small Business Certification Program - Part One: Requirements
2020 brought uncertainty to the world and, for many businesses, financial instability. In addition, 2020 brought inequities and disparities in our society to the forefront. To address both of these issues, many businesses are striving to achieve increased diversity in the workplace, while simultaneously seeking additional opportunities to secure financial opportunities. Read More ›
Categories: Did you Know?
I Want Out: Dealing with Contracts in the Time of Corornavirus
In March 2020, we published an article about how the Coronavirus impacts your contracts and whether force majeure clauses could excuse non-performance. Since then, our attorneys have received a number of questions from clients related to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 and how our clients may address issues of performance, delivery, and payment when the Coronavirus impacts a company’s ability to complete its responsibilities under a contract.
As a country, we have seen the Olympics, music events, sporting events, Broadway performances, and many other events cancelled as a result of the Coronavirus. Many companies have struggled to address the cancellations without facing massive financial impact, but without proper prior planning, the last few months have been financially difficult. Read More ›
New Safe Harbor Announced for Electronic Disclosures Required by ERISA
For more articles from the June 2020 Issue of Business & Tax Law News, click here.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and its applicable regulations require a plan administrator to provide a number of notices to plan participants. For example, an ERISA plan administrator must provide to all plan participants a Summary Plan Description (“SPD”) that provides an overview of plan terms. Additionally, a plan administrator must provide a Summary of Material Modifications (“SMM”) to plan participants every time it makes certain changes to the plan. Read More ›
Categories: Electronic Health Records, Employee Benefits
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