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  • 403(b) Update for 2017: Pre-Approved Plan Documents and More

    Please join Sherrie Boutwell and Evan Giller for an informative and timely presentation about 403(b) plans.  This webinar will focus on the new pre-approved plan documents that were just released by the Internal Revenue Service, and discuss how plan sponsors … Continue reading

    FAQs about Retirement Plan Investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor

    This month’s Building Block answers a few frequently asked questions about U.S. Department of Labor investigations of retirement plans.  Click here to read the article.  

    May Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the May issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes an article addressing a plan compliance review when adopting a new pre-approved 403(b) document, an article discussing 404a-5 notice benchmarks, a Building Block of … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay LLP welcomes Wil Gruszecki to the Firm

    We are pleased to announce that Wil Gruszecki has joined the Firm as a Senior Attorney affiliated with our Newport Beach, California office.  Wil is an employee benefits attorney who has extensive experience representing clients on all matters relating to … Continue reading

    2018 Health & Welfare Plan Annual Limits

    The IRS has released 2018 inflation adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).  Follow the link below for a convenient summary of the changes that have been made so far for 2018. 2018 Health & Welfare Plan Annual Limits  

    April Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the April issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes an article addressing the risks of related employer status for benefit plan purposes, an article discussing alternatives for correction of retirement plan qualification … Continue reading

    Rules for Identifying Controlled Groups of Tax-Exempt Organizations

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses rules for identifying controlled groups of tax-exempt organizations.  Click here to read the article.  

    How to Deal With Missing Participants at Plan Termination

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses”missing participants” at plan termination.  Click here to read the article.  

    March Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the March issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes IRS guidance for substantiation of hardship distributions, an article explaining retroactive corrections for 403(b) plans, a Building Block of ERISA that addresses “missing participants” at plan … Continue reading

    February Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the February issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes a long awaited announcement from the IRS about a 403(B) plan rule, an article about plan amendments and a new opportunity to use … Continue reading

    What is a Wrap Document and Why Do I Need One?

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses what is a wrap document and why you would need one.  Click here to read the article.  

    Sherrie Boutwell Serves as Issue Editor for “Law Practice Today”

    Sherrie Boutwell served as the issue editor for the February 2017 Women in Law issue of the ABA publication Law Practice Today.  A link to the issue (which has great content for all attorneys and others in the legal industry) … Continue reading

    January Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the January issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes some answers to questions about what to expect after last November’s election, an article about protecting your retirement plan with internal controls, a … Continue reading

    Correcting Late or Missing Form 5500s for Non-ERISA Covered Plans

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses correcting late or missing Form 5500s for non-ERISA covered plans.  Click here to read the article.  

    Boutwell Fay LLP Welcomes Jay Adams Knight to the Firm

    We are pleased to announce that Jay Adams Knight has joined the Firm as a Senior Attorney in our Newport Beach, California office.  Jay has focused his career in the area of employee benefits, advising benefit plan sponsors, administrators and … Continue reading

    December Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the December issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes some answers to questions about the New Fiduciary Rule, an article detailing a Bill allowing small employers to reimburse employees for health costs, … Continue reading

    Correcting Late or Missing Form 5500s

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses correcting late or missing Form 5500s.  Click here to read the article.  

    Congratulations to Venessa Blanco!

    Please join us in congratulating Venessa Blanco who has passed the California Bar Exam and will be sworn in as an attorney licensed to practice law in California on December 7, 2016.  Venessa is also admitted to practice in the … Continue reading

    Issues to Consider When Changing Recordkeepers

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses issues to consider when changing recordkeepers.  Click here to read the article.  

    November Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the November issue of Benefits News.  This month’s newsletter includes an important update about the IRS’ increased focus on internal controls, a helpful chart of year-end compliance tasks for retirement and health and … Continue reading

    Top Hat Plan Basics

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses top hat plan basics.  Click here to read the article.  

    2017 Benefit Plan Dollar Limits

    The IRS has released updated dollar limits for 2017 retirement and health & welfare plans. Click the links below for a convenient summary of all updated information. 2017 Retirement Plan Limits 2017 Health & Welfare Dollar Limits  

    October Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to present the October issue of Benefits News. This month’s newsletter includes the features 10 Questions to Ask Before Signing That New Service Agreement along with SB1234 Mandates State-Sponsored Payroll Deposit Retirement Savings Arrangement.  We … Continue reading

    September Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP has released the September issue of Benefits News.  Our newsletter includes articles about fee litigation suits against 403(b) plans and 1094-C/1095-C tax penalties, as well as information about several upcoming events.  Click the link below to read the newsletter. … Continue reading

    Executive Summary Introduction to Retirement Plan Committee Charters

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses an executive summary introduction to retirement plan committee charters.  Click here to read the article.

    Evan Giller to Speak on Independent Third Party Audits

    Evan Giller will co-present on the topic Independent Third Party Audits – Why a 403(b) Audit is not a 401(k) Audit, at a webinar hosted by the Western Pension & Benefits Council on Tuesday, September 20.  The webinar will examine some … Continue reading

    August Benefits News

    Boutwell Fay LLP has released the August issue of Benefits News.  Read about the EEOC final rules on wellness incentives under ADA and GINA, see if you need to amend your retirement plan, and learn about upcoming Firm events! Click … Continue reading

    Self-Correction of Operational Defects

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses self-correction of operational defects.  Click here to read the article.  

    July Newsletter

    Read about proposed regulations under IRS Code section 457 for tax-exempt and governmental plans, updates coming to the Form 5500, and more in our July newsletter! Click the link below. July Benefits News  

    ERISA’s Records Retention for Employee Benefit Plans

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses ERISA’s records retention for employee benefit plans.  Click here to read the article.  

    401(k) Retirement Plan Disqualification

    This month’s Building Blocks of ERISA article discusses 401(k) retirement plan disqualification.  Click here to read the article.  

    June Newsletter

    Happy 18th anniversary to Boutwell Fay, LLP! Read about the IRS relief for 401(k) and 403(b) plans, ACA updates, as well as upcoming news and events in our June newsletter. Click the link below. June Benefits News

    Boutwell & Fay on Navigating through Mid-Year Changes to Safe-Harbor Plans

    Sherrie Boutwell and Alison Fay spoke on May 17th as special guests on a webinar hosted by  Western Pension & Benefits Council entitled “Smooth Sailing Ahead: Negotiating Your Ship through the New Rules for Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor 401(k) … Continue reading

    May Newsletter

    Read about our recent office relocation, how the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule affects plan sponsors, and more in our May newsletter! Click the link below: May 2016 Benefits News  

    April Newsletter

    Stay up to date with what’s new in the employee benefits field and read about our upcoming presentations in our April Newsletter. April 2016 Benefits News  

    March Newsletter

    Discover updates regarding ACA changes, Mergers & Acquisitions, Form 5500 questions and more in our March Newsletter. March 2016 Benefits News    

    New ERISA Risks in M & A Transactions: Steps to Take Before your Next Deal

    Sherrie Boutwell recently authored an article entitled “2016 Brings New ERISA Risks in M & A Transactions: Steps to Take Before your Next Deal” which was featured in NAMWOLF’s monthly publication. This informative article provides a brief summary of some of these new … Continue reading

    February Newsletter

    Stay up to date with what’s new in employee benefits and learn about upcoming events! CLICK HERE to view the February newsletter.    

    Boutwell Fay to Exhibit at the National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting

    On Monday, February 22, 2016,  Boutwell Fay will be exhibiting at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.  NBOA is an association consisting of over 1200 private independent K-12 schools, and the annual meeting brings … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell Seeking Articles for Law Practice Today

    Don’t miss this opportunity to be published in the American Bar Association’s monthly digital publication “Law Practice Today” – Sherrie Boutwell is seeking articles focused on the theme of “Women in Law”.  More information can be found here.

    January Newsletter

    Learn about the ACA reporting deadline extension and more in our January newsletter – Download it here: January Benefits News    

    Alison Fay to Host & Present at Advanced ACA Reporting Seminar in January

    Alison Fay will host and present a seminar entitled “Essential ACA Reporting: Answers to the Tough Questions”. The seminar is offered on January 14th, 2016 in Gardena – 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on January 15th, 2016 in Costa … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell Named “Legal Leader” by LA Times

    Sherrie Boutwell was recently featured in The Los Angeles Times’ annual publication of “Southern California’s Top Rated Lawyers” which is a special advertising supplement to the Los Angeles Times.  This publication includes only attorneys, who like Sherrie, have earned a … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to Host and Present New Seminar

    This week, Alison Fay will host and present at “Essential ACA Reporting: Answers to the Tough Questions”. This seminar will be held in Woodland Hills on December 16th, 8:30 Am-12:30 Pm and is approved by the California Department of Insurance … Continue reading

    December Newsletter

    Click on the link below to view our December newsletter featuring critical updates and articles from Boutwell Fay LLP. December Benefits News    

    2016 Benefit Plan Dollar Limits

    The IRS has released updated dollar limits for 2016 retirement and health & welfare plans. Click the links below for a convenient summary of all updated information. 2016 Retirement Plan Dollar Limits 2016 Welfare & Fringe Benefit Dollar Limits  

    Evan Giller to Present in TIAA-CREF Forum

    Evan Giller will speak on the regulatory developments in retirement plans, as well as compliance issues in regard to 403(b) and 457 plans. Hosted by TIAA-CREF, this forum will be held in New York on November 18th.  

    R= (CC or ASG)²: The Risk of Relativity

    Article written by Sherrie Boutwell for the American Bar Association, published at Law Practice Today. “R= (CC or ASG)²: The Risk of Relativity” can be found here.    

    Evan Giller to Present in TIAA-CREF Forum

    Evan Giller will present at the Retirement Plan Forum hosted by TIAA-CREF on November 4th in Philadelphia. He will delve into critical developments related to retirement plans, as well as compliance issues in regard to 403(b) and 457 plans.  

    New Addition to our Firm!

    We are pleased to announce that Venessa Blanco has joined our team of experienced attorneys! Venessa is a former investigator with the United States Department of Labor and has an L.L.M. in employee benefits law. Please visit her attorney bio … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to Moderate and Speak in Live Webcast

    Sherrie Boutwell will present at and moderate Knowledge Group’s live webcast entitled “Retirement Plan Errors – How to Prevent and Correct Errors in 2016: An Update LIVE Webcast”. This webcast is scheduled for 9:00 am to 11:00 am Tuesday, November 17th, and … Continue reading

    Upcoming Seminars: Advance Compliance Training for Employers

    Alison Fay (Boutwell Fay LLP) and Marilyn Monahan (Monahan Law Office) are teaming up again to tackle the topic of compliance training, this time for HR professionals. “What HR Must Know About ACA’s Reporting Requirement” will take place in Gardena on November 4th … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to Speak as Panelist in Upcoming Presentation

    QBI Presents: The 403(b) Landscape Ahead – A Joint Panel Presentation, where Sherrie Boutwell will serve as a panelist among five other distinguished professionals. This program will be informative for the Financial Advisor that is considering this segment of the retirement marketplace or the … Continue reading

    Advanced Compliance Training for Insurance Professionals Seminar

    Due to high demand, we are repeating this important presentation! Join us in Gardena on Tuesday, October 6, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.  This course has been approved by the California Department of Insurance for 3 hours of Accident and Health … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to Present on Affordable Care Act and Employer Penalties for CalCPA

    On September 24, 2015, Alison Fay will be speaking on the Affordable Care Act and Employer Penalties at the CalCPA Orange County Chapter’s 29th Annual OC Fall Seminar Series.  This presentation will discuss compliance challenges and solutions involving the ACA, … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay LLP Hosts ABA Women Rainmakers Fall 2015 Workshop

    Boutwell Fay LLP is hosting the ABA Women Rainmakers Fall 2015 Workshop: How to Ask for New Business and Seal the Deal on Tuesday, October 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  This program is based on the new ABA … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell has been appointed to board of editors of the ABA webzine publication “Law Practice Today” for the 2015-2016 term.

    Sherrie Boutwell has been appointed to board of editors of the ABA webzine publication “Law Practice Today” for the 2015-2016 term.

    Sherrie Boutwell will be a co-panelist at the keynote luncheon presentation on July 20, 2015 at the Western Benefits Conference in San Francisco

    Sherrie Boutwell will be a co-panelist at the keynote luncheon presentation on July 20, 2015 at the Western Benefits Conference in San Francisco on the topic of on character and integrity as integral components of meeting the ethical standards of … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell will be co-presenting with a panel of experts on the topic of “Pension Plan Investments: Practical Guidance for Auditing, Reporting and Disclosure Requirements” on June 23, 2015 at 9:00 am PDT.

    Sherrie Boutwell will be co-presenting with a panel of experts on the topic of “Pension Plan Investments: Practical Guidance for Auditing, Reporting and Disclosure Requirements” on June 23, 2015 at 9:00 am PDT. Please contact Sarah Baugher: sarahbaugher@bouwellfay.com if you … Continue reading

    Advanced Compliance Training for Insurance Professionals Seminar

    Join us on Thursday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to Noon for this important seminar. 2015 is a ground-breaking year for Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance.  Shared responsibility penalties, measurement periods, and IRS reporting obligations all take effect this year, and … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay LLP named Best Employee Benefits Law Firm – USA

    Boutwell Fay LLP has been named Best Employee Benefits Law Firm – USA in the Acquisition International 2015 M&A Awards.  Now in its fourth year, Acquisition International’s M&A Awards recognize the dedicated and experienced investors, advisers, financiers and service providers … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell’s article on Health & Welfare Plans published

    Sherrie Boutwell authored an article titled “What Pension Professionals Need to Know Now About the Affordable Care Act and Health and Welfare Plans”. The article can be found in the Spring 2015 edition of the Journal of Pension Benefits.

    Sherrie Boutwell to Speak at WP&BC Phoenix 2015 Spring Conference

    Sherrie Boutwell will be a co-presenter on the topic DOL Health & Welfare Audits are on the Rise – What You Need to Know on May 6, 2015 at the 2015 Spring Conference being offered by the Phoenix Chapter of the Western … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to Moderate an Informative Session with the IRS

    Sherrie Boutwell be moderating the presentation IRS’s Voluntary Closing Agreement Program – When EPCRS Just Isn’t Good Enough at the April 16, 2015 meeting of the Orange County Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council.  Avaneesh Bhagat and Thelma Diaz, … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to speak at the Financial Planners Association of Orange County on February 18, 2015

    On February 18, 2015 Alison Fay will be a speaker at the Financial Planners Association of Orange County together with Stuart Hack of Sunlin Consulting. The title of the presentation is “Changing Roles for Fulfilling Fiduciary Responsibilities”. The meeting will … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell To Speak on Employee Benefit Issues in Mergers & Acquisitions

    Sherrie Boutwell will be presenting Employee Benefits in Mergers & Acquisitions  for the Denver chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council on January 13, 2015.  This presentation will cover the top employee benefits issues that commonly arise in an M&A … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell authored an update to the chapter on health and welfare plans in the 2014-2015 Edition of “Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions” by Ilene Ferenczy, CCH-Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014.

    Sherrie Boutwell authored an update to the chapter on health and welfare plans in the 2014-2015 Edition of “Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions” by Ilene Ferenczy, CCH-Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2014.

    2015 Dollar Limits

    The IRS has announced the 2015 dollar limits for retirement plans and health and welfare plans.  We are providing a chart that shows the limits for 2015 as well as for several prior years. Click here to view the file: … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to speak on September 23, 2014 at the NAMWOLF Annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Alison Fay will be a panelist on the topic of “What Employers Should Know About the Demise of DOMA and the Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages for Employee Benefits Purposes” at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Minority and … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to speak on September 22, 2014 at the NAMWOLF Annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Sherrie Boutwell will be a panelist on the topic of “Closing the Deal: How to Spot and Handle the Top Employee Benefits Issues in an M&A Transaction” at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell presented at the Western Benefits Conference in Las Vegas Nevada on July 29, 2014

    Sherrie Boutwell presented at the Western Benefits Conference in Las Vegas Nevada on July 29, 2014 on the topic of “DOL Health & Welfare Audits on the Rise – What You Need to Know.”

    Alison Fay to speak on August 25, 2014 at California HR Conference sponsored by the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

    On August 25, 2014, Alison Fay will be speaking at the California HR Conference, which is sponsored by the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), and will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Alison will be speaking with Marilyn … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to speak at Orange County Bar Association meeting July 23, 2014

    On July 23, 2014, Sherrie Boutwell will be speaking at the Orange County Bar Association, Business and Corporate Law Section meeting. Sherrie will be discussing the current top 10 benefits issues for transactional attorneys.

    Sherrie Boutwell featured as Niche Practitioner of the month

    Sherrie Boutwell is featured as Niche Practitioner of the Month in the Attorney Journal. To read more click the link below: Boutwell AJ-OC 2014-07

    Handling Pension Plans in M&A Transactions after Sun Capital Partners

    This term, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in the case of Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund, 724 F.3d 129, 56 EBC 1139 (1st Cir. 2013), cert. denied (March 3, … Continue reading

    The Bell Tolls for Employer Payment for Individual Policies

    By: Kathleen Bass Many employers, especially smaller employers who do not sponsor a traditional group health plan, have had a practice of paying for, or reimbursing the cost of, individual health coverage policies for employees. This type of arrangement is … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell is co-presenting with a former DOL investigator on DOL Investigations and ERISA Litigation on June 12, 2014

    Sherrie Boutwell is co-presenting with a former DOL investigator on DOL Investigations and ERISA Litigation on June 12, 2014 for the Orange County Chapter of the National Institute of Pension Administrators. For additional information, contact: Mark Murphy (mmurphy@ltsp-cpa.com) (949) 650-2771

    Evan Giller to speak regarding 403(b) plans at webinar on June 9, 2014

    On June 9, 2014, Evan Giller will be discussing significant issues and latest insights on how to strengthen your 403(b) plans in 2014. Some of the major topics that will be covered are: -403(b) plans: An overview -Trends and Issues … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to Speak at OCBA Tax Section Meeting

    Alison Fay will speak at the Orange County Bar Association Tax Section meeting on June 12, 2014 at 12:00 noon at the Radisson Hotel in Newport Beach. The title of her presentation is “Affordable Care Act Shared Responsibility Rules under … Continue reading

    DOL Proposes Guide to Help Plan Fiduciaries with 408(b)(2) Disclosures

    DOL Proposes Guide to Help Plan Fiduciaries with 408(b)(2) Disclosures Deborah Fabricant On March 25, 2014, the Department of Labor issued a proposal to amend its ERISA Section 408(b)(2) regulations by requiring covered service providers to furnish a “guide” along … Continue reading

    Alison Fay Speaks on ACA at EAC Orange County and GHEAC

    Alison Fay spoke on “The Affordable Care Act 2014 Update – What Employers Should Know” at the Employer Advisory Council of Orange County on January 22, 2014 and at the Greater Harbor Area Employer Advisory Council on February 18, 2014.

    Evan Giller speaks on Trends in Public Retirement Plans

    On May 7, 2014, Evan Giller spoke at the Annual Meeting of the State University of New York Benefit Administrators in Saratoga Springs, NY on the topic of “Developments and Trends in Public Retirement Plans.” The discussion focused on the … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay joins NAMWOLF

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to announce that it has been certified as a women-owned business and has been approved as a member firm of “NAMWOLF” – the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms. Founded in 2001, … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay profiled in the Orange County Business Journal

    Boutwell Fay’s employee benefits practice, including its focus on the new health care reform rules, was profiled in the Orange County Business Journal legal issue on January 20, 2014.  Click here to continue reading…

    Boutwell Fay LLP is Granted WBE Certification

    Boutwell Fay LLP received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council – West, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The WBENC national standard of certification implemented by the Women’s Business Enterprise … Continue reading

    Supreme Court issues decision in US Airways v. McCutcheon

    Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in US Airways v. McCutcheon that resolved a conflict among the federal circuit courts over whether principles of fairness, or “equity”, can override an express reimbursement clause in a health plan under … Continue reading

    Boutwell Fay LLP Profiled by The Daily Journal

    Sherrie Boutwell and Alison Fay were profiled in the September 27, 2013 edition of the Daily Journal.  Follow this link to read the article:  Engendering Justice Reprinted with permission from the Daily Journal  

    Evan Giller and Jeremiah Hanrahan join Boutwell Fay

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to announce that Evan Giller and Jeremiah Hanrahan, formerly of Giller & Calhoun, LLC, have joined the firm, opening the firm’s first East Coast office in New York City.  The addition of Giller and Hanrahan, … Continue reading

    Evan Giller to Present for ALI CLE Program

    On October 16, Evan Giller will be co-presenting Getting and Keeping Your 403(b) Plan in Compliance: Practical Guidance from the Front Lines.   This ninety-minute telephone seminar will discuss the latest changes and offer practical tips to prepare for IRS audits.  For more information … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell’s EPCRS Article Published

    Sherrie Boutwell is the author of Fixing Broken Retirement Plans under the New IRS Procedures.  This article appears in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, a publication of the Society of Financial Service Professionals.  For more information … Continue reading

    Proposed Regulations Issued on Prohibition on Excessive Waiting Periods under the ACA

    Proposed regulations were issued on March 21, 2013 by the IRS, HHS and DOL, providing further clarification on the prohibition on excessive waiting periods for coverage under a group health plan under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the … Continue reading

    Summary of Benefits Coverage: New Template for 2014 and Related FAQs

    On April 23, 2013, an updated template was issued by the Department of Labor (“DOL”), Health and Human Services (the “HHS”) and the Treasury, for the summary of benefits coverage (“SBC”) relating to coverage for plan years that begin on … Continue reading

    IRS Issues 2014 Cost of Living Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts

    On May 2, 2013, the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2013-25, which announced the cost-of-living adjustments that apply in 2014 for health savings accounts (HSAs) and associated high-deductible health plans (HDHPs): HSA CONTRIBUTIONS MAXIMUM: self-only coverage $3,300/family coverage $6,550 (an increase … Continue reading

    401(k) Fees Decision Issued by Ninth Circuit

    On March 21, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal issued an opinion in Tibble v. Edison International, a 401(k) fee case of interest to participants, plan fiduciaries and service providers alike.  Follow this link to review some of the … Continue reading

    Health Care Reform: Strategic Planning for Employers

    This presentation by Alison Fay discusses play or pay mandates, state-based exchanges and eligibility for subsidized coverage.  It also describes rules for determining hours, special rules for educational organizations, controlled group rules, penalty formulas, and more. Follow this link to … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to speak at Western Benefits Conference

    Sherrie Boutwell will be giving two presentations at the Western Benefits Conference this summer: On July 22, she will be presenting Let’s Make a Deal: Employee Benefit Plans in Mergers and Acquisitions. On July 23, she will be co-presenting with Avaneesh Bhagat … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell shortlisted for Finance Monthly Law Awards 2013

    Sherrie Boutwell has been shortlisted in the category of Employee Benefits Law Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly in their 2013 Law Awards.  Now in its fourth year, the Finance Monthly Law Awards recognize law firms and legal … Continue reading

    Recent Developments in 403(b) Guidance

    The IRS has recently issued two revenue procedures that affect 403(b) plans and present opportunities for 403(b) plan sponsors.  Read more about it in this article: 403(b) Guidance  

    Alison Fay to speak at WP&BC Orange County Seminar

    On May 7, Alison Fay will be co-presenting on the topic “Added Value Services/Positioning Your Business Model for the Current Environment” at WP&BC Orange County’s inaugural full-day seminar geared for financial advisors: Growing Your Book of Pension Business.  

    TPA Can Be Liable for Payment of Benefits

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a third party administrator is a proper defendant in an action to recover benefits under ERISA § 502 (a)(1)(B) and can be held liable for the payment of benefits where the … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to Speak at Healthcare Reform Webinar

    Alison Fay will be discussing “Pay or Play” rules on Thursday, March 14.  She will be joined by Kelly Moore, CEBS, of Moore Benefits, at this webinar co-sponsored by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.  The webinar will include: Health Reform … Continue reading

    Department of Labor Updates Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program

    On January 28, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor released “technical” updates to its popular Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance program (“DFVC”). Under the DFVC program, a plan administrator that has failed to file a plan’s … Continue reading

    Final Omnibus HIPAA Privacy Regulations Published

    On January 17, 2013, Health and Human Services (“HHS”) published long-awaited final omnibus regulations under the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act (“HIPAA”) regarding the privacy of protected health information.  The omnibus regulations generally consolidated and finalized prior guidance including … Continue reading

    Alison Fay to moderate session at TE/GE council meeting

    Alison Fay is attending a Joint Meeting of the Great Lakes Area TE/GE Council, Gulf Coast Area TE/GE Council, Mid-Atlantic Pension Liaison Group, Northeast Pension Liaison Group, and Pacific Coast Area TE/GE Council.  On Friday, February 8, she will moderate … Continue reading

    Affordable Care Act: Proposed Regulations for Shared Responsibility

    On January 2, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on the penalties that may be assessed under the Affordable Care Act’s provisions regarding shared responsibility for employers for health care.  In addition to these penalties, the proposed regulations … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell to Speak on New EPCRS Procedures

    Sherrie Boutwell will be speaking on the new EPCRS procedures (See “IRS Releases New EPCRS Procedures” on our Resources page) at the Orange County Western Pension & Benefits Council breakfast meeting on February 21, 2013, with Avaneesh Bhagat, Group Manager … Continue reading

    IRS Releases New EPCRS Procedures

    On December 31, 2012, the IRS released its long anticipated new procedures under its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”).  See Revenue Procedure 2013-12 which is available at http://www.irs.gov/Retirement-Plans/New-Revenue-Procedure-Updates-EPCRS.  Among other changes, the new revenue procedure opens the door to correcting … Continue reading

    Cafeteria Plan Compliance Alert

    Please read this important notice affecting cafeteria plan sponsors. Click here: Cafeteria Plan Limit Alert  

    Fee Disclosure … Are We There Yet?

    If you are a plan sponsor who has received Section 408(b)(2) disclosures from your service providers … no, you are not there yet!  Read this article to find out what you still need to do.  Click here:  Fee Disclosure – … Continue reading

    2013 Dollar Limits Announced

    The IRS recently announced the 2013 cost-of-living adjustments for dollar limits for retirement plans and health and welfare plans.  This PDF contains a bulletin with the 2013 values, and charts that show the limits for the past several years. To … Continue reading

    Alison Fay speaks on “Innovative Strategies for Communicating to ERISA Plan Participants”

    Alison Fay will be participating in this presentation to the Orange County Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council on November 15.  This presentation will discuss how to effectively communicate with employees regarding their retirement and health and welfare … Continue reading

    Sherrie Boutwell speaks at “DOL FACEOFF: A Behind the Scenes Look at DOL Investigations”

    Sherrie Boutwell will be participating in this presentation to the Orange County Chapter of NIPA on November 8.  This presentation will cover issues relating to current DOL investigations and risk management related to pension plans, including: Current trends in DOL … Continue reading

    Fee Disclosure Regulations and Recent Plan Litigation

    Authored by Dorothy Lank, this presentation covered several important topics, including what to disclose and how, timing and format of notices, preparing for compliance, and litigation lessons regarding Investment Policy Statements, fees and conflicts of interest.  Click here to view … Continue reading

    Don’t Let the ERISA Train Derail Your Deal

    Sherrie Boutwell is the author of Don’t Let the ERISA Train Derail Your Deal, published in the Business Law News, Issue 2 2012, by The State Bar of California.  Click here to read the article.

    Sherrie Boutwell speaks on “Don’t Let the ERISA Train Derail Your Deal”

    Sherrie Boutwell will be speaking to the Orange County Bar Association at their upcoming meeting on September 26.  This presentation is designed for non-ERISA transactional attorneys.  The program will cover 7 simple steps counsel and their clients can take to … Continue reading

    Sherrie M. Boutwell presents on the topic of New EPCRS Procedures

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012: Sherrie M. Boutwell of Boutwell Fay LLP is a presenter at the Western Benefits Conference in Seattle, Washington, on the topic of New EPCRS Procedures.  She is joined in this presentation by Avaneesh Bhagat of the … Continue reading

    Kathleen Salas Bass elected President of the Governing Board of WP&BC

    Sunday, July 15, 2012: Kathleen Salas Bass of Boutwell Fay LLP was elected President of the Governing Board of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference (WP&BC.)  The Governing Board provides guidance to and coordination between all ten chapters of the … Continue reading

    Employee Benefit Resources

    Boutwell Fay LLP is pleased to offer links to websites which provide helpful information related to employee benefits, including government agency websites and professional organizations. (Note: The links on this Web site do not constitute referrals or endorsements of the … Continue reading

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