James Damon

James Damon

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James Damon is an associate in Covington’s Washington, DC office, where he practices with the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group.

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DOL Publishes New SECURE Act Guidance Regarding Lifetime Income Disclosures

As we noted in our prior blog post, the DOL has announced new guidance, in the form of an interim final rule, implementing the lifetime income disclosure requirement for defined contribution plans that was added to ERISA by the 2019 SECURE Act.  This guidance has since been published in the Federal Register on September 18, … Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About the New SECURE Act and CARES Act Updates to the § 402(f) Safe Harbor Rollover Notice

The IRS recently released Notice 2020-62, which updates the safe harbor explanations that may be used to satisfy the  notice requirement for eligible rollover distributions, also referred to as the “Safe Harbor Notices.”  These changes to the Safe Harbor Notices take into account recent statutory changes brought about by the Setting Every Community Up for … Continue Reading

New SECURE Act Guidance: Lifetime Income Disclosures for 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On August 18, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced new guidance on lifetime income disclosures that must be included in pension benefit statements furnished to participants in defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  This guidance, issued in the form of an interim final rule, sets forth the rules that plan administrators … Continue Reading

Much Ado About Nothing Much New: IRS Issues GLAM Addressing Payroll Taxation of Equity Compensation

On May 22, 2020, the IRS released a Generic Legal Advice Memorandum, GLAM 2020-004, which addresses the timing of the taxation and withholding of payroll taxes on certain stock-settled awards issued to employees.  Specifically, the GLAM focuses on the treatment of stock options, stock-settled stock appreciation rights (SARs), and stock-settled restricted stock units (RSUs). Employers … Continue Reading

Dynamex Alters the Employee Classification Landscape in California

Ten months ago the California Supreme Court rendered its unanimous decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, a case that articulated a new standard for classifying employees and independent contractors.  Given the importance of this decision, we provided analysis on this case when it was first decided.  However, once issued, this new Dynamex … Continue Reading

Executive Order on Strengthening Retirement Security in America: Impact on Required Minimum Distributions from Defined Contribution Accounts

On the last day of August, the Trump administration signed an executive order proposing a number of changes which the administration says is intended to strengthen retirement security in America, specifically, by expanding access to multiple employer plans and reducing the costs and burdens associated with employee plan notices.  However, tucked away at the end of … Continue Reading

Reducing Required Minimum Distributions from a Defined Contribution Plan: The Spousal Rollover IRA

During a participant’s lifetime, required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) from a defined contribution plan are relatively small in size.  Less favorable treatment may apply after the participant’s death, depending on the distribution options offered by the plan, the form of distribution elected by the participant, the age of the beneficiary and the relationship between the participant … Continue Reading
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