Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook
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The economy has forced employers to take a close look at how to effectively manage their pension plans in a turbulent environment, and how to comply with existing federal laws like ERISA, particularly regarding electronic distribution of plan documents and notices. Thompson’s Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook will keep you clear of common and costly errors.
- Find specific mistakes before IRS and DOL do — then fix them
- Prevent errors from recurring and ensure no contributions are disqualified
- Protect your plan from losing its tax-qualified status
- Comply with rules and regulations regarding fee disclosure and other requirements
- Conduct a “self-audit” that will help spot problems and prevent mistakes
- Contact the editor with unanswered questions — a special resource for customers
With Thompson's HR Compliance Expert | Pension Plan Fix-It Solutions you can:
In easy-to-understand language, the Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook shows you how to correct virtually any mistake that may occur, including insights on what to do if a plan hasn’t been amended for the required recent tax law changes... a participant rolls over a contribution based on a statement that reflects an overvalued account... or a participant’s investment directions have not been followed... and that’s just the beginning.
• Plan Design
• The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act
• Changes from Recent Pension Plan Legislation
• Contributions/Benefit Accruals
• Loans, Withdrawals and Distributions
• Reporting, Disclosure and Plan Communications
• Fiduciary Liability
• Plan Terminations
Summary of Contents
100 Introduction and Overview
200 Plan Design and Amendment
300 Eligibility and Coverage Issues
400 Contributions and Benefit Accruals
700 Loans, Withdrawals and Distributions
800 Reporting, Disclosure and Plan Communications
900 Fiduciary Liability and Prohibited Transactions
1000 Plan Terminations and Partial Terminations
1100 Government Assistance
Appendix I Administrative Rulings and Guidance
- Two-volume manual
- Updates (12 updates)
- Newsletters (12)
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Mary B. Andersen has more than 25 years of successful benefits consulting and administration experience. Throughout her career she has successfully proven herself to be a consultant who carefully assesses client situations and provides services tailored to each client. Ms. Andersen's experience spans both corporate and consulting, having worked at small and large corporations directly and in a consulting capacity with many Fortune 500 organizations. Ms. Andersen built a consulting department of 7,035 professionals who provided consulting services to the clients of a major financial institution. In addition, she introduced new services (QDRO and hardship determination) and revamped the 401(k) nondiscrimination testing services. Ms. Andersen has been a frequent speaker on compliance-related issues, and has also published several articles on benefits and ERISA topics. She is contributing editor of the Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook.
Paul M. Hamburger is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm Proskauer Rose LLP. He heads the firm’s Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and ERISA Litigation Practice Center and is co-chair of its health and welfare subgroup. Mr. Hamburger has more than 25 years of experience in advising employers and administrators, and is the author of numerous articles and publications on COBRA and other employee benefits issues affecting pension and welfare plans. Mr. Hamburger is managing author of The New Health Care Reform Law: What Employers Need to Know (A Q&A Guide), 4th Edition. Mr. Hamburger is also author and contributing editor of Mandated Health Benefits: The COBRA Guide, as well as co-author of the Guide to Assigning and Loaning Benefit Plan Money and the Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook, all published by Thompson. He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Joseph S. Adams is a partner in the Chicago office of the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery. Specializing in employee benefit matters for privately and publicly held corporations, Mr. Adams has substantial experience in the design, drafting and operation of pension and profit-sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans, 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, long-term incentive plans and welfare benefit plans. He also has extensive experience with fiduciary issues arising under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act and employee benefit issues arising in mergers and acquisitions. He has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Mr. Adams has spoken to numerous trade and professional groups on employee benefit topics, and has written articles for the Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal and the Employee Benefits Journal. Mr. Adams received his law degree, cum laude, from the Cornell University Law School, where he served as an editor of the Cornell Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago's Economics Honors Program. Mr. Adams is admitted to the Illinois bar and is a member of the American, Illinois and Chicago Bar Associations and Working in Employee Benefits (WEB). He also serves on the Retirement Benefits Committee of the Union League Club in Chicago. Joseph S. Adams is co-author of the Guide to Assigning and Loaning Benefit Plan Money, Domestic Partner Benefits: An Employer's Guide and the Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook. He is contributing editor of the Guide to Assigning and Loaning Benefit Plan Money.
Editorial Advisory Board for the Pension Plan Fix-It Handbook
Joseph S. Adams
McDermott Will & Emery
Karen Kay Barnes
Oak Brook, IL
Brian A. Benko
McDermott Will & Emery
McDermott Will & Emery
Proskauer Rose LLP
Winston & Strawn
Arris Reddick Murphy
C. Frederick Reish
Drinker, Biddle & Reath
Los Angeles, CA
William F. Sweetnam, Jr.
The Groom Law Group
Nicholas J. White
Musick, Peeler & Garrett
Los Angeles, CA