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week ending May 8th, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted on March 27, provides for special distribution options and rollover rules for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and expands permissible loans from certain retirement plans. The legislation also allows retirement plan and IRA participants to waive required minimum distributions (RMDs). The Department of Labor (DOL) has also relaxed certain deadlines because of the COVID-19 pandemic. PLANSPONSOR has received questions from readers indicating that clarification was needed for certain provisions of the CARES Act. The IRS recently published a Q&A offering some clarification. In addition, PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce a new weekly series, COVID-19 Compliance Corner, in which a prominent Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) attorney will explain legislative provisions and agency guidance. Look for that starting Monday. Meanwhile, we hope you find this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend helpful.
Editor's Choice
DOL Provides Relief for Certain Retirement Plan Requirements
Relief is provided for verification requirements for loans and distributions and timing for forwarding contributions and loan repayments, among other things.
Electronic Letter Ruling Requests Permitted by IRS
Instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the dual paper and electronic filing policy will remain in effect until the revenue procedure is modified or superseded.
Regulators Extend Time Frames for Special and COBRA Health Plan Enrollment
Extended time limits disregard the period from March 1 until 60 days after the announced end of the national emergency or such other date announced by the agencies in a future notice.
PBGC Extends Certain Premium Payment and Filing Deadlines
The action is in response to an IRS extension of some retirement plans’ Form 5500 filing deadlines.
DB Plan Relief Included in the CARES Act
The bill provides a delay for minimum annual required contributions and relief for plans that may have benefit restrictions triggered due to a drop in funding levels.
Popular Reads
Participants Will Need Support to Understand Lifetime Income Projections
Recordkeepers are bolstering education, projection modeling tools and tailored advice capabilities to support plan participants and encourage them to remain on track for retirement income planning.
Data and Research
DB Plans Retain Cost Advantage Over DC Plans
New research by the National Institute on Retirement Security reaffirms earlier findings on the greater cost savings and efficiencies provided by pensions as compared to defined contribution plans.

DC Plan Design Can Be Creatively Used to Get Participants Back on Track
Dr. Shlomo Benartzi says the pandemic is a perfect time to use plan design features that tap into behavioral science.
Milliman Accused of Failing to Prune Bad Investments From 401(k)
A lawsuit alleges that the poor performance of a suite of target-risk funds resulted in a nearly $250 million loss to participant accounts.
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