Category Archives: Plan Administration

A 457(b) Plan Distribution Depends on Which 457(b) Plan You’re In

By Jeff Chang With very few exceptions, the rules governing governmental 457(b) plans require a “severance of employment” to occur before a distribution can be made. Recently, we came across yet another of those arcane, little-known rules that will likely … Continue reading

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The Improper Use of Governmental “Pre-Approved” Plans

By Jeff Chang There continues to be new, complicated problems arising from the improper completion and use of off-the-shelf governmental pre-approval plans. Generally, a pre-approved plan from the document provider is reviewed and pre-approved by the IRS for its general … Continue reading

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“It Just Keeps On Going:” The Problem with a Money Purchase Pension Plan that a Public Agency Just Sets Aside

By Jeff Chang Like the Energizer Bunny, some retirement plans continue to “run,” even though the employer believes they are “no longer in use.” This problem is particularly prevalent with public agencies that have a tendency to switch from one … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Private Sector: Takeaways From Recent ERISA Plan Fiduciary and Fee Litigation

By Jeff Chang This is a blog about “public” benefits issues — one that focuses heavily, but not exclusively, on California developments. If we are focusing on California’s public agency retirement and welfare plans — which are generally exempt from … Continue reading

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Time for a Defined Contribution Plan Checkup?

By Jeff Chang Many public sector employers maintain various defined contributions plans (either 401(a) or 457(b)) in addition to their participation in a large, public-defined benefit system, such as CalPERS, CalSTRS or a ’37 Act county plan. There are a … Continue reading

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