DOL Publishes Guidance for Benefit Plans Affected by California Wildfires

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published an employee benefit plan compliance guidance and relief for victims of the California Camp, Hill, Woolsey and other 2018 California wildfires.

The guidance generally applies to employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers and employees, and service providers to employers who were located in a county or tribal area identified now or in the future for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the 2018 California Wildfires.

The guidance relates to the following topics:

  • Verification Procedures for Plan Loans and Distributions;
  • Participant Contributions and Loan Repayments;
  • Blackout Notices;
  • ERISA Claims Compliance Guidance; and
  • Filing Relief

For more information on California wildfires relief under ERISA, see the Employee Benefits Security Administration’s Disaster Relief pages for employers and advisers.