Aug 7, 2020 | Jon Vogler
In recent months, we’ve seen continued legislative efforts to address financial pressures stemming from the ongoing pandemic.
Jul 1, 2020 | Jon VoglerOn May 21, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its much-anticipated final rule to expand the ability of employers to communicate mandated retirement plan disclosures and other information online or by email. The final rule is substantially similar to the DOL’s proposed rule on this topic issued last year. It allows employers to deliver disclosures to plan participants electronically by default, with the ability for participants to opt in to paper mailings if preferred.
Jun 2, 2020 | Jon Vogler
Beyond the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, here is a list of some notable retirement-related bills introduced over the last several months.
May 14, 2020 | Jon VoglerRetirees face difficult decisions. They have to decide how much to withdraw each year from their 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and face the risk of either spending too quickly and outliving their resources or spending too conservatively and consuming too little. In addition, they must consider how and when to draw down their Social Security retirement benefits, and how to invest their savings after retirement.
Mar 19, 2020 | Jon Vogler
Up until year end, 2019 had not been a particularly active year for retirement-related legislative initiatives — but the year ended with a flourish with the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act), the first major piece of retirement legislation since the Pension Protection Act in 2006.
Feb 1, 2020 | Jon Vogler
On Dec. 20, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed sweeping spending bills that included a long-sought, comprehensive retirement security package.1
Oct 4, 2019 | Jon Vogler
Even though Congress was on vacation for several weeks, some notable bills were recently introduced in the last quarter:
The Automatic IRA Act of 2019 (in the “IRAs” section) would expand personal savings and retirement savings coverage by enabling employees not covered by qualifying retirement plans to save for retirement through automatic IRA arrangements. Exceptions would be made for small or new employers, as provided in the bill, as well as for church or governmental organizations.
A House concurrent resolution (in the “Multi-employer plans” section) would establish the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multi-Employer Pension Plans, which will provide recommendations and legislative language that will significantly improve the solvency of multi-employer pension plans (which are typically defined benefit pension plans for union employees) and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
Jul 24, 2018 | Jon VoglerThe recently-introduced Commission on Retirement Security Act of 2018 (listed in the “Retirement reform” section below) would establish a federal commission to review private retirement benefit programs and report to Congress on how to improve private retirement security in the United States