In a "right-to-work" state, private-sector employees have the option to choose whether or not they want to join a union. In other states, a person applying for a private-sector job where employees are unionized can be required to join the union as a requirement of being hired.
Although not a permanent solution, ARPA includes important relief for eligible multiemployer pension plans and provides plan sponsors with an opportunity to return to a state of solvency that may not have been possible otherwise.
Hacking and ransomware have the potential to create havoc for the assets and sensitive data housed in benefit plans across the country. As a result, in 2021, the DOL scaled up its interest in how administrators are addressing and responding to cybersecurity risks.
Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 136 is quickly coming up on the employee benefit plan horizon. Plan sponsors should familiarize themselves with the changes so they can be fully compliant for periods after December 15, 2021.
The American Rescue Plan Act expanded Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan eligibility to certain labor unions and employee benefit plans.