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Jeffrey (Jeff) M. Holdvogt advises clients regarding a wide range of employee benefits matters. He focuses primarily on the design and administration of complex pension, defined contribution and executive deferred compensation arrangements. Jeff counsels privately and publicly held corporations on ongoing day-to-day retirement and executive compensation issues, as well as employee benefits design and transition matters arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Read Jeff Holdvogt's full bio.

After Layoffs, Employers Might Owe Unvested 401(k) Money

By on Sep 29, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

With mass layoffs commonplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers asked the Internal Revenue Service for advice on how to deal with the partial termination rule relating to employer contributions to their employees’ 401(k) workplace retirement accounts. It’s an obscure issue, but it’s a big deal for the employees that it affects: It could mean thousands...

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Last Chance for Enhanced COVID-19-Related 401(k) Loans: September 22

By on Sep 18, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by US Congress in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, permits a “qualified individual” to increase the amount they can borrow from a 401(k). Such individuals may borrow 100% of their account balance up to $100,000 (less any outstanding loans). The deadline for taking...

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Using Paid Time Off Funds to Provide Student Loan Relief to Employees

By on Sep 17, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Retirement Plans

What do unused paid-time-off (PTO) days, student loan debt and the coronavirus have in common? An opportunity for employers to provide financial relief to employees who are increasingly putting off vacations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent article by the Society of Human Resource Management, Jeff Holdvogt, a partner in McDermott’s Chicago office,...

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Updated PBGC Guidance for Defined Benefit Plans

By and on Aug 21, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues, Retirement Plans

Earlier this year, the US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued a final rule, modifying PBGC regulations that apply to defined benefit pension plans. Among those changes were revisions to: (i) the reportable event notification requirements; (ii) annual financial and actuarial information (Form 4010) reporting; (iii) single-employer plan termination rules; and (iv) the premium rate...

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Addressing Employees’ Student Loan Debt in 2020

By on Jan 21, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

Student loan debt skyrocketed in the past decade, topping $1.5 trillion among millions of Americans. The crisis has prompted US employers to address it in their benefits programs. McDermott’s Jeffrey M. Holdvogt contributes to a Plan Sponsor article that provides a review of how employers can help employees break free from the bind student loan...

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Finally SECURE: Opportunities in the 2019 SECURE Act for Plan Sponsors

By , , and on Jan 9, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

The SECURE Act—the most significant piece of retirement plan legislation in more than a decade—is now law. Plan sponsors should immediately start considering how changes included in the SECURE Act could impact their retirement and health and welfare plans in 2020 and beyond. Access the full article.

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Smarter and Not Harder: The New IRS Hardship Distribution Regulations

By and on Nov 19, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

The Treasury Department and the IRS recently finalized new hardship distribution rules applicable to defined contribution plans. Plan sponsors should prepare for operational changes to comply with the new regulations, including some beginning January 1, 2020. Access the full article.

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IRS Announces 2020 Employee Benefit Plan Limits

By , and on Nov 6, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the Social Security wage base for 2020. In the article linked below, we compare the applicable dollar limits for certain employee benefit programs and the Social Security...

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Capital Perspective: An Analysis of Hot Topics in Benefits and Compensation

By , , and on Aug 8, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

With the uncertainty of the general election just one year away—and change on the horizon—now is the time to take stock of the legal and regulatory environment to prepare your organization for the future. On September 10 in Boston, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), Fidelity and McDermott invite you to join your peers and colleagues...

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Hot Off the Presses: Latest 401(k) Trends & Developments

By and on Jun 13, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

Diane M. Morgenthaler and Jeffrey M. Holdvogt recently presented the webinar “Student Loan Benefits and Other 401(k) Developments” at the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network Chicagoland program. In the presentation, they discussed a variety of new 401(k) trends and developments, including: Employer options for student loan benefits and related considerations; The IRS’s recent expansion of its...

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