A recent IRS Issue Snapshot affirms a retirement plan participant loan is a legally enforceable agreement and terms of the loan agreement must comply with Internal Revenue Code (IRC Section 72(p)(2) and Treasury Regulation Section 1.72(p)-1). The terms of the loan agreement must be explicit in writing or deliverable electronically, and a loan in default is considered to be a deemed distribution. Learn more.
In April 2021, the Department of Labor issued its first guidance on cybersecurity for plan sponsors, service providers, and participants. It did so at the behest of the Government Office of Accountability (GAO). That agency has been pushing the Department to identify minimum standards for mitigating cybersecurity risks in benefit plans. Learn more about the minimum standards for plan fiduciaries and service providers in mitigating cyber threats.
In August 2021, the Department of Labor submitted new proposed ESG rules to the White House's Office of Management and Budget — the last step before publishing regulations. The proposed rules should be published before the end of this year. Learn more.