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On May 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a final rule that expands employers' ability to deliver retirement plan information by e-mail with an attached document or to send either an e-mail or a text message with links to documents posted online. The rule takes effect July 27. The DOL also posted a fact sheet outlining how the final rule applies to participant disclosures required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for 401(k) and similar defined contribution retirement plans, and for defined benefit pension plans. The rule allows employers to deliver disclosure documents to plan participants primarily electronically, which will reduce printing, mailing and related plan costs by an estimated $3.2 billion over the next decade, the DOL said, while preserving participants' right to request paper disclosures. Read the rest of the article: DOL Final Rule Will Shift 401(k) Participant Disclosures Online SHRM | May 2020 Effective date: 7/27/20 DOL Resources Final Rule is available here. Fact Sheet is available here. News Release is available here. Please complete the brief survey near the bottom of this page. Law Firm Articles Expanding the Safe Harbor for (Certain) Electronic Disclosures Jackson Lewis | Jun 2020 Labor Department Greenlights Electronic Delivery of ERISA Documents Nixon Peabody | May 2020 DOL Finalizes Safe Harbor Regulation for Retirement Plan Electronic Disclosures Groom | May 2020
Index of COVID-19/Coronavirus Express Requests Reopening Your WorkplaceReopening Your Workplace: OverviewsRecalling/Rehiring EmployeesWhen Employees Refuse to Return to WorkAddressing Fears About Returning to the
WorkplaceMasks/Face Coverings in the WorkplaceTesting/Screening for COVID-19Antibody Testing (or Not)Testing Employees for COVID-19Taking Employee TemperaturesEmployee RelationsVacation Policy Changes Amid PandemicAccommodating Workers at Higher Risk for
Severe IllnessCOVID-19 Myth BustersResponding to Employee's COVID-19 DiagnosisContact-Tracing in the WorkplaceEEOC Updates Coronavirus-Related GuidanceCommunicating with EmployeesDeath of an EmployeeHow to Support a Grieving EmployeeTalent AcquisitionPreemployment Background Checks During COVID-19Completing Form I-9 for Remote WorkersDocumenting an Expired Driver's License on I-9 and E-VerifyFamilies First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)General (Overviews, DOL Resources, More)Summer Child CareEmployers' Frequently Asked QuestionsIRS FAQs on Tax Credits & Required DocumentationDecision Flow ChartsValuing Health Plan Costs for Tax CreditsHealth Care Provider/Emergency Responder (Employee) ExclusionCoronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) ActOverviews of Implications for EmployersEmployee Retention Tax CreditBusiness & Nonprofit ReliefDirect Payments to Individuals (Stimulus Checks/Direct Deposit)Employee Benefit Plan ProvisionsPaycheck Protection Program (Loan Forgiveness)Unemployment Expansion & ExtensionPotential Relief for Government ContractorsValuing Health Plan Costs for Tax CreditsEssential Businesses and WorkersEssential Business DesignationEssential Workers: IdentifyingEssential Workers: Hazard Pay and IncentivesCompensation and BenefitsCOBRA Deadlines Temporarily Extended
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COVID-19Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Paid Leave; Enhanced FMLA; More)USERRA and COVID-19Reducing Employer's Retirement Plan Contribution/MatchU.S. Wage and Hour IssuesMaking Tax-Favored Disaster Relief Payments to EmployeesLeave Donation ProgramsIRS Relaxes HDHP RulesRemote WorkersAllowing TeleworkEngaging Remote WorkersRemote Work & State Tax IssuesMonitoring Remote WorkersLayoffs and Alternatives to LayoffsPay ReductionsShared-Work/Work Share ProgramsLayoff AlternativesWorker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) ActCalifornia EDD Work Sharing ProgramPlease also see under CARES Act (above):Employee Retention CreditPaycheck Protection ProgramGeneralNew OSHA Guidance on Recording COVID-19
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