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As we move passed the six-month mark of being immersed in the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to reflect and appreciate where we have been to allow us to strategize and plan for where we need to go next.

In a world dramatically reshaped by the Pandemic, one constant remains: cybercrime motivation. While the number of breaches dropped during the first half of 2020, my prediction is that it will return to an upward shift.

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently published Interim Final Regulations (Regulations) pursuant to changes enacted by the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) which require plan administrators of defined plans [e.g., 401(k) and 403(b)] to express a participant’s current account balance both as a single life annuity and a qualified joint and survivor annuity stream on their pension benefit statements at least once every 12 months.

We have prepared this newsletter to update our readers on forthcoming compliance matters with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, as well as inform them of certain increased penalties relative to ACA.

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (the SECURE Act) amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to establish a new type of multiple employer plan (MEP) called a “pooled employer plan” (PEP) that must be administered by a person called a “pooled plan provider” (PPP).

On September 2, 2020, the IRS issued guidance in the form of questions and answers interpreting several miscellaneous provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) and the Bipartisan American Miners Act of 2019 (Miners Act) affecting qualified retirement plans, 403(b) plans and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).