There are a number of emerging Department of Labor issues that employers should be aware of in order to ensure their benefit plans are compliant and being properly administered. Knowing the DOL is going to be vigilant in these areas means that now is a good time to review benefit plan documentation and administrative practices to ensure compliance.

Here are the top-10 mistakes auditors catch:

1. Late or erratic payment of employee deferrals. According to the DOL, contributions must be paid as soon as administratively feasible, but no later than the 15th business day of the following month (when deferrals are withheld). Employee contributions should be within this time frame, but also consistently remitted among all payrolls and pay periods.

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