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Pitfalls a 401(k) Sponsor Can Avoid With Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While much of the focus concerning the liability of sponsoring a 401(k) plan is about plan expenses thanks to the many lawsuits filed against plan sponsors. However for most plan sponsors, the greatest liability they actually...more

If Timely Notice is Given, the Cost to Correct a 401(k) Exclusion Error May Be Reduced

by Dickinson Wright on

Occasionally, an employer may determine that it did not withhold deferral contributions for a new employee in accordance with the terms of its 401(k) plan. If the plan has an automatic enrollment feature, and the error is...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

Key Considerations for Asset Managers under the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 9, the long-anticipated compliance date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule arrived. As a result, many institutions and individuals, including asset managers of open- and closed-end funds,...more

How Plan Sponsors Can Avoid Cutting Their Nose To Spite Their Face

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I once worked for a man who was the type of person who wouldn’t have mind to have lost $5 to save $3. I was at a Synagogue where the fundraising chairperson would only always organize events at the very last minute and never...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

We Didn’t Start The 401(k) Fire; It’s Always Been Burning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He’s not up there with Aerosmith, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac for me, but he’s up there. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I always loved...more

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their 401(k) third party administrator (TPA)....more

The Time is Right to Contact Recordkeepers About Hardship Substantiation

If your 401(k) plan recordkeeper has not talked to your company lately about hardship distributions, it may be time to reach out to the recordkeeper. The short story is that the IRS recently issued an internal memorandum...more

Simple Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

New Cash Balance Retirement Plan Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 7, 2017, the IRS issued a memorandum relating to cash balance retirement plans. A cash balance plan is a defined benefit pension plan which looks like a defined contribution plan because participants have individual...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have Bigger Problems Than Larger Plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Common sense would make you think that larger 401(k) plans would have the larger problems. Sometimes common sense and reality are mutually exclusive. Thanks to the quirks of the retirement plan business and how it prices...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

For Retirement Plan Providers, It’s All About Relationships

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It’s about connecting with other plan providers and more importantly, connecting with plan sponsors. So while you may think what gets you business is a nice...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

IRS takes a look at Cash Balance Formulas for Funny Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Throughout my career as an ERISA attorney, I’ve come across actuarial third party recordkeeping firms that push the envelope in cash balance and defined benefit plan designs. I can’t forget the actuaries who still push for...more

The Wrong Reasons For Hiring 401(k) Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Selecting a retirement plan provider can be a lot like dating in the sense that plan sponsors shouldn’t pick providers for the wrong reasons. Nobody knows more about the wrong reasons for dating more than me; we call those...more

Get Over The Fear Of Hiring An ERISA Attorney

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an attorney, I’ve heard a lot of lawyer jokes and some of them are amusing. I once said at law school that I now know why lawyers have terrible reputations because I met some of these lawyers at law school. While lawyers...more

Plan Design And Tax Deductions

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a retirement plan sponsor, why should you care about plan design? Retirement plan design is one of the most underappreciated facets of the retirement plan business and it really should be appreciated. The reason why...more

IRS Announces End Date for 403(b) Remedial Amendments

Many tax exempt employers sponsor Section 403(b) retirement plans to help their employees save money for retirement. A 403(b) plan offers the ability for an employee to make pre-tax contributions to the plan (similar to the...more

What It Takes To Make A Good Retirement Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Good retirement plans don’t happen like accident, like the discovery of penicillin. It requires roles and duties that need to be filled competently. It doesn’t take a genius to make a good retirement, it takes dedication ad...more

Thinking Outside The Box For Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is one of the most competitive businesses out there because there is so many competing plan providers out there that are also looking for plan sponsor clients and they will certainly be contacting...more

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