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week ending June 5th, 2020
With new rules for retirement plan loans and withdrawals and multiple guidance about relief offered to employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, your head may be spinning from thinking about what needs to be done and when. PLANSPONSOR will give you updates as they happen, but we’ve also partnered with Carol Buckmann, with Cohen & Buckmann P.C., to break things down for you. Each week, she will explain legislative provisions or official guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affect retirement and health plan sponsors. You can find her insights in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend, and look for the next installment about the expansion of health benefit elections on PLANSPONSOR.com Monday. Have a happy and safe weekend!
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Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: Who Qualifies for Coronavirus-Related Distributions?
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act distributions up to $100,000 have been authorized by Congress through the end of the year, but they are not mandatory. If a plan allows special CARES Act distributions, only participants who are qualifying individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 will be eligible to receive them.
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: New Loan Provisions Under the CARES Act
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides temporary relief from some plan loan requirements for loans made and repayments due beginning March 27. These provisions apply to qualified plans but, unlike the distribution provisions, do not apply to individual retirement accounts (IRAs).
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: How Are Coronavirus-Related Distributions Taxed?
The tax rules that usually apply to retirement plan distributions do not apply to coronavirus-related distributions (CRDs). Instead, there are special rules for distributions made to “qualified individuals” affected by the coronavirus.
Opinions
COVID-19 Compliance Corner: Deadline Extensions Provide Relief to Retirement Plan Sponsors
The IRS and the Department of Labor (DOL) have provided welcome relief to plan sponsors who are unable to meet plan deadlines due to the coronavirus, including those whose vendors and third-party administrators (TPAs) may have been closed or have been working at reduced capacity due to lockdowns or illness.
Compliance
IRS Provides Additional Deadline Relief to Plan Sponsors
Deadlines have been moved for single-employer and multiemployer DB plans and 403(b) plans, among others.
Popular Reads
2021 Health Savings Account Survey
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Compliance
403(b) Plan Sponsor Sued Over Excessive Fees and Underperforming Investments
The lawsuit calls out the use of the active suite of the Fidelity Freedom target-date funds, among other things.
Benefits
Addressing the Haves and Have-Nots in Retirement Savings
The experience during the pandemic of those with and without retirement savings has highlighted the issue of income inequality, says Ed Farrington, with Natixis Investment Managers.
Data and Research
Plans With ESG Options See Larger Contribution Rates
Ninety percent of participants who are aware of environmental, social and governance options in their plan’s lineup say they invest in them. 
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