Regulatory and Legislative

Hardship Distributions May Be Permitted for Florida Hurricane Ian

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a disaster declaration for Florida Hurricane Ian, beginning September 23, 2022.

Employers with qualified retirement plans may allow participants to take hardship distributions if 1) they have incurred expenses and losses because of a FEMA-declared disaster, and 2) their principal residence or place of employment at the time of the disaster is located in an area designated by FEMA as eligible for individual disaster assistance.

If the employer permits hardship distributions for expenses and losses related to a federally declared disaster, participants can check fema.gov/locations to determine if they are located in a disaster area designated for individual assistance.

The IRS may also issue relief related to this disaster for certain tax-related deadlines. Additional information can be found at irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations.

Regulatory and Legislative

ESG Final Rule Published in Federal Register

ESG Final Rule Published in Federal Register

The DOL’s final rule titled Prudence and Loyalty in Selecting Plan Investments and Exercising Shareholder Rights has been published in the Federal Register.