Category Archives: Governmental plans

Public Agency Early Termination Incentive Programs Are Subject to Special Tax Rules

By Jeff Chang With the looming specter of COVID-related budget shortfalls, many cities and special districts are thinking about early termination incentives as a way to reduce payroll costs. If your city or public agency is considering the use of … Continue reading

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Are Your Agency’s Retirement Plan Committee Meetings Subject to the Brown Act?

By Jeff Chang In addition to properly identifying your retirement plan fiduciaries, and substituting a knowledgeable administrative committee in place of your governing board or council, California local agencies also need to consider whether the meetings of their administrative committee … Continue reading

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Take Your Pick – Employees Allowed to Choose Between Future 401(a) Plan Contributions and Future HRA Contributions

By Jeff Chang A recently issued IRS private letter ruling may provide public agencies and their employees with another way to give employees more control over the types of retirement benefits they will eventually receive. As we previously reported, governmental … Continue reading

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Public Agency Retirement Plan Documents: Are They Properly Signed and Dated?

By Jeff Chang Based on numerous requests for plan documents from public agency clients, we know that many cannot find complete sets of their historical and current retirement plan documents that are properly authorized, signed and dated. If this sounds … Continue reading

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CARES Act Authorizes Limited Employer Repayment of Student Loans

By Jeff Chang Public agency employers trying to recruit or retain highly skilled or highly paid younger workers (e.g., doctors, nurses, IT specialists, engineers) may want to take advantage of a limited employer-paid benefit under the CARES Act. This limited-time … Continue reading

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