Employee Benefits General

On November 1, 2023, the IRS announced the inflation adjusted benefit plan limitations effective in 2024 in Notice 2023-75. The good news is the amount that can be electively deferred into a 401(k) or 403(b) plan increases from the current $22,500 to $23,000. However, the age 50 catch-up contribution remains the same as in 2023

I am pleased to announce I will be attending the Western Benefits Conference at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, AZ in October. After a few years without having a conference due to the pandemic, the Western Pension & Benefits Council is bringing back the WBC. With its excellent program and top notch speakers this in-person

The IRS announced the inflation adjusted qualified plan and IRA contribution limits for 2022 in Notice 2021-61 on November 4, 2021.  The new numbers include significant increases. However, importantly the limit on contributions to IRAs remain the same at $6,000, with an additional $1,000 if 50 or older.  On the other hand, the limit for

My last blog article discussed how the $3.5 trillion budget proposal contains a provision requiring employers with 5 or more employees to offer a payroll deduction IRA program or salary reduction 401(k) plan to employees and automatically deduct 6% of their pay and contribute it to such plan or face penalties, effective January 1, 2023. 

In May the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that California’s automatic enrollment IRA program known as CalSavers was not preempted by the federal law, ERISA.  See, Ninth Circuit Holds CalSavers Is Not Preempted By ERISA. . . 6/30 Deadline Approaching.  CalSavers mandates that California employers of a certain size must

Happy Holidays!  You may have a pep in your step with the news that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine to combat COVID-19.  This is certainly a reason for optimism.  However, 2021 promises to be quite PEPPY for another reason.  Pooled Employer Plans (or PEPs) can begin operating in 2021.  PEPs are Multiple Employer

On March 27, the House of Representatives passed, and within hours President Trump signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a 2 trillion dollar stimulus and relief statute with several measures to help individuals and businesses cope with the economic issues resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Senate had passed the bill

In the 1960’s, the Supremes sang, “You can’t hurry love.”  Apparently, the U.S. Supreme Court now feels the same way about the constitutionality of  the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  On January 21, 2020, the High Court decided not to hurry the decision of whether to hear a case appealing a decision

Award season has begun and Hollywood is all a buzz with who won Golden Globes and the anticipation for the Academy Awards next month.  One star-studded contender, The Irishman, has a chance to make history by being the first film predominantly viewed on the streaming service NetFlix, instead of cinemas, to win an Oscar.  The