In Case You Missed It: Spotlight on Benefits – Fall 2023

Written by members of Faegre Drinker’s benefits and executive compensation team, this blog features analysis and information on matters related to retirement plans, health and welfare plans, ESOPs, ERISA litigation, fiduciary governance, and other benefits issues.

This quarterly digest provides links to our most popular posts during the past few months so that you can catch up on what you missed or re-read them.

DOL Issues Long Awaited Mental Health Parity Guidance

By Sarah Bassler Millar, Yael Kalman and Dawn Sellstrom
Plan sponsors, insurers, and third-party administrators should pay close attention to the new guidance to facilitate health plan compliance with complex nonquantitative treatment limitation comparative analyses requirements.

Another 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Defeats Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims at Trial

By Kimberly Jones and James E. Crossen

401(k) plan fiduciaries recently defeated a lawsuit alleging the fiduciaries imprudently managed and paid excessive record keeping an investment fees. The victory for the fiduciaries follows a jury trial win of Yale University’s 403(b) plan. The court opinions in both of these cases serve as a good reminder that offense is the best defense, and ERISA plan fiduciaries best protect themselves against ERISA breach of duty of prudence claims by proactively implementing strong fiduciary governance practices, such as keeping thorough committee meeting minutes.

IRS Issues 2-Year Delay for Roth Catch-Up Contribution Requirements

By Mona Ghude and Mark Rosenfeld

On August 25, 2023, the IRS announced a two-year delay for the Roth catch-up contribution requirement for employees making $145,000 or more in the prior calendar year that would have applied in 2024. The Roth catch-up contribution requirement will now be effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025.

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