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Chapter 28: Why Cashing Out PTO Next Year Doesn’t Work

By: Jeff Chang Our efforts to educate employers about the dangers and surprises associated with PTO cash‑outs (see, Chapter 13 and “When Having Your Cake and Eating It May Be a Bad Thing: Cautions About Cash-Outs of Unused Leave Or PTO”) … Continue reading

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Chapter 20: Opting Into A Pick-Up Plan

By: Jeff Chang A recently issued IRS private letter ruling (PLR) puts the kibosh on the fairly common practice of allowing public agency employees to elect whether and at what level to participate in the agency’s mandatory contribution pension plan. This … Continue reading

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Chapter 19: Get the IRS’ Blessing for Your 401(a) Plan – Before It’s Too Late

By: Jeff Chang The IRS has just announced major changes to its program for reviewing and approving the qualified status of certain retirement plan documents (see, Announcement 2015-19).  Essentially, the Service is doing away with its program for issuing determination letters … Continue reading

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Chapter 18: It’s Supposed To Go To Whom? Beneficiary Designation In Governmental Defined Contribution Plans

By: Jeff Chang Here’s an interesting difference between public and private industry plans that we were reminded of recently and that we’d like to share with our governmental clients and their advisors because it can be so problematic. In most private … Continue reading

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Chapter 17: Bankruptcy Ruling Cuts CalPERS Down To Size

By: Jeff Chang On February 4, 2015, the Judge overseeing the City of Stockton bankruptcy issued an opinion, overruling Franklin Templeton’s lone objections to the City’s plan of reorganization and, very pointedly, clarifying the true role of CalPERS – at least … Continue reading

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