The lazy days of summer are upon us, but before you head out on that much-deserved vacation, remember to get your Employee Retirement Income Security Act reporting affairs in order.

For plan sponsors maintaining any ERISA plan on a calendar year basis, now is the time to ensure that either your Form 5500 will be filed by July 31, 2017, or an extension will be filed by that date. While these filings are often handled by you or your staff — or outsourced — a few reminders on Form 5500 best practices couldn’t hurt.

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