Sandra Feingerts

Sandra Feingerts

Fisher & Phillips LLP

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ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting...more

5/19/2015 - 401k Benefit Plan Sponsors Corporate Counsel ERISA Fiduciary Duty Retirement Plan SCOTUS Tibble v Edison Int

Are Your Beneficiary Designations Heir Tight?

An often-neglected area in the world of benefit plan administration is the beneficiary designation form. Many participants complete their beneficiary designations incorrectly because they don’t read the instructions carefully...more

8/18/2014 - Beneficiaries Beneficiary Designations Benefit Plan Sponsors Employee Benefits

IRS Issues Final Regulations On Longevity Annuities

With the goal of providing retirees with more options to manage their retirement income, the IRS issued final regulations on “qualified longevity annuity contracts” (QLACs). A QLAC is a type of deferred annuity that commences...more

8/7/2014 - Final Rules IRA IRA Rollovers IRS QLAC Retirement Retirement Plan

Update For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor

Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative...more

8/6/2014 - Employee Benefits ERISA IRS Retirement Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Are You Too Cozy With Your Independent Contractors?

January 1, 2015 is fast approaching, and with it, the first year the employer mandate applies to employers with 100 or more full-time employees (50 in 2016) – the “Play or Pay” rules. In preparation for this new law,...more

5/13/2014 - Audits Classification Employer Mandates Full-Time Employees Independent Contractors IRS Pay or Play Trucking Industry VCSP

Is There An Elephant In The Room?

401(k) Plan documents can read like Russian novels. They are often long and difficult to understand, so it’s no surprise that administrative errors in operating such plans happen frequently. Common errors include omitting or...more

2/14/2014 - 401k Benefit Plan Sponsors Contract Drafting ERISA IRS Retirement Plan Voluntary Correction Program

Who's Checking The Person Who Checked The Boxes?

A Lesson In 401(k) Prototype Documents - Most small to mid-size employers sponsoring a 401(k) plan maintain their plan on a pre-approved prototype document. If you’re not familiar with the term pre-approved prototype...more

2/4/2014 - 401k DOL Employee Benefits ERISA

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