Defined Contribution Plans Investing In Publically Traded Employer Securities Face New Requirements


Employer and other sponsors, fiduciaries and administrators of 401(k) and other defined contribution pension plans that hold publically traded employer securities should review and update their plan documentation, communications and practices in response to new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) final regulations implementing new investment diversification requirements for these programs under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 401(a)(35) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) § 204(j), as amended by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

The new regulations for defined contribution plans investing in publically traded employer securities took effect immediately today (May 19, 2010) upon their publication here in the Federal Register. 

Covered defined contribution plans generally will be required to comply with these new regulations beginning by the first plan year beginning after December 31, 2010 to maintain qualified status under Code § 401(a) and to comply with ERISA.

If you need help reviewing or responding to these new regulations or addressing other employee benefit, compensation or labor and employment concerns, contact the author of this update, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer at (469) 767-8872 or here

About Ms. Stamer

Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, management attorney and consultant Ms. Stamer is nationally and internationally recognized for more than 23 years of work helping businesses manage labor and employment, employee benefits, performance management and discipline, compliance and internal controls, risk management, and public policy matters including significant, cutting edge experience advising employer and other health plan sponsors, fiduciaries, insurers, administrators and others design, administer, and defend defensible, cost-effective health and other employee benefit programs.  

The Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) RPTE Employee Benefits & Other Compensation Committee, a Council Representative on the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Government Affairs Committee Legislative Chair for the Dallas Human Resources Management Association, past Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Managed Care & Insurance Interest Group, and the editor and publisher of Solutions Law Press HR & Benefits Update and other Solutions Law Press Publications, Ms. Stamer also is recognized for her publications, industry leadership, workshops and presentations on these and other health industry and human resources concerns. She regularly speaks and conducts training for the ABA, Institute of Internal Auditors, Society for Professional Benefits Administrators, Southwest Benefits Association and many other organizations.  Publishers of her many highly regarded writings on health industry and human resources matters include the Bureau of National Affairs, Aspen Publishers, ABA, AHLA, Aspen Publishers, Schneider Publications, Spencer Publications, World At Work, SHRM, HCCA, State Bar of Texas, Business Insurance, James Publishing and many others.  You can review other highlights of Ms. Stamer’s experience hereHer insights on these and other matters appear in Managed Care Executive, Modern Health Care, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Business Journal, the Houston Business Journal, MDNews, Kentucky Physician, and many other national and local publications. 

If you need help with human resources or other management, concerns, wish to ask about compliance, risk management or training, or need legal representation on other matters please contact Cynthia Marcotte Stamer here or (469)767-8872. 

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