PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 17th, 2020

Another week of unexpected challenges has passed and the retirement plan industry continues its efforts to respond to the demands of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Collected below are some recent PLANADVISER stories detailing the key actions of governments, advisers and providers as they seek to ease the economic pain. We hope you find some of what you read helpful and consider sharing with a client or colleague during this challenging time. Stay well!

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Retirement Plan Contributions Allowed Under Paycheck Protection Program
While the text of the CARES Act generated some uncertainty, the Treasury Department has confirmed that the PPP offers help with employer contributions to retirement plans and toward health benefits for employees. Read more >
Grit, Humility, Resolve Drive Investing Success in Tough Times
The equity markets dropped by nearly 50% during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, but retirement plan account balances of those who stayed the course recovered their full value by 2010, despite the lingering economic challenges. Read more >
DB Plans Get Relief for Certain Premium Payments and Filings
Due dates for filings or actions that would otherwise have been due on or after April 1, and before July 15, have been extended to July 15. Read more >
A Time of Crisis. A Time to Solve Our Big Problems?
With passage of the CARES Act, Congress has demonstrated an ability to speedily enact ambitious bipartisan legislation that addresses the nation’s major challenges head on. Sources wonder whether the feat can be repeated. Read more >
Clients Must Treat Layoffs and Furloughs Carefully
The IRS may determine that a ‘partial termination’ of a plan has occurred if a company undergoes sizable layoffs—but not furloughs—potentially impacting vesting schedules and other aspects of plan operations.   Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Why Small Business Owners Often Resist 401(k)s

Two of the reasons most commonly cited by small business owners for not offering a retirement plan are the beliefs that their business is too small to qualify and that they can’t afford a match.

'Massive' Fraud Charges Trigger Allianz Global Investors U.S. Sale to Voya

The SEC says the charges and settlement show even the most sophisticated institutional investors, like pension funds, can become victims of wrongdoing.

NFP Named as Defendant in Parallel Molina Healthcare ERISA Suit

The plaintiffs in the suit, who have already sued their plan sponsor, are now bringing a service provider into the litigation.

Barnabas Health Latest to Settle ERISA Suit

A settlement has been struck in an ERISA lawsuit involving the New Jersey-based health care provider a little more than a year after a judge allowed the case to proceed past the defense’s motion to dismiss.

24 States Have Now Adopted the NAIC Annuity Transaction Framework

With South Carolina joining the party, nearly half of all states have now adopted enhanced consumer protections applying to the sale of annuities, as developed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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