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Allowability of Legal Costs

The next in our Infographics series walks through the allowability of costs for certain in-house legal services. It provides a quick guide to when a contractor’s legal costs may, and may not, be charged to the government....more

The Small Stuff That Plan Sponsors Should Sweat Out

It’s often said that you shouldn’t sweat the small stuff. The problem is that many times, a retirement plan sponsor ignores the small stuff, and that small stuff leads to bigger problems. This article is about small details...more

Starting an In-House Revenue Recovery Program – First Steps

In the old adage of journalism, the important questions to answer with any story are “who, what, when, where, how and why.” My last two posts explaining revenue recovery programs explained the “why” — why they can be...more

“We need a sidewalk” – strategy is the ultimate reminder of why we do what we do

Strategy answers the question “what problem(s) are we trying to solve?” and stops cold the territorial nitpicking that can lead an organization from focus to folly. ...more

Warning Signs that Your Retirement Plan Might Be In Trouble

When it comes to your health, there are warning signs when you’re about to suffer a heart attack or a stroke. If you pay attention to these warnings signs, you might avoid a serious medical emergency. While a retirement plan...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Larry David is one of my favorite people because he created two of the greatest shows in television history: “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The shows are similar in that they depict bad ideas or bad behaviors. Curb...more

How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd As A Retirement Plan Advisor

There are lots of financial advisors who claim they handle retirement plans, but there are only a fraction of those advisors who know how to actually handle them. So if you are a retirement plan financial advisor who knows...more

Popular Reads on JD Supra

A recap of need-to-know popular reads published on JD Supra during the last month. ...more

The Growing Importance of Data Analytics for Corporate Legal Departments

This month, the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (“CTRL”) released the results of its survey regarding the use of analytics by corporate legal departments. Data analytics is the use of specialized data systems or...more

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan

As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it’s an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain top-level employees. Unlike health insurance, the costs of running a retirement plan...more

It’s Time For 401(k) Plan Sponsors To Get A Grip

As an ERISA attorney with a national retirement plan practice, I often feel like a flight attendant giving the safety discussion on a commercial airplane. When I talk about retirement plans and fiduciary liability, I think...more

Alright, so I need a lawyer. Who should I hire?

You've realized that braving a government investigation without a lawyer is a bad idea.  So, you need to find a lawyer and you need to find one fast.  But how?  Chances are, you've never hired a lawyer before and it's tough...more

How a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Minimize Their Liability In 8 Easy Steps

Sponsoring and operating a 401(k) plan isn’t easy. A plan sponsor can’t just set up the plan and forget it. They need to constantly be on the watch because of the liability exposure they have as a plan sponsor. When plan...more

PR, Integrity and Standing Up for the Rule of Law

If 97 companies, most of them Valley leaders, can join a 9th Circuit brief and 160 companies can jointly speak publicly against a clearly discriminatory ban, why can’t their lawyers? ...more

Concepts That Retirement Plan Advisors Shouldn’t Focus On

Being a financial advisor isn’t as easy as many people on the outside think. There are so many things you need to manage in terms of your practice and dealing with potential and current plan sponsor clients. There are so many...more

Concepts You May Not Be Aware Of As A 401(k) Plan Sponsor

As a child, I was never taught the birds and the bees. I was actually handed some cartoon book from my parents when I was young. My parents thought it was hilarious that they had to hand me a book about where I came from even...more

How Keeping Good Records Can Minimize A Retirement Plan Sponsor’s Liability

Besides being a religious text, the Bible is essentially a history book detailing major religious events like the Exodus from Egypt. A history book is a record of events that can be passed down from generation to generation....more

As A 401(k) Sponsor, A Class Action Lawsuit Is The Least Of Your Legal Worries

Having been in my own practice for over 6 years, it’s a broken record hearing from 401(k) plan sponsors on how they have nothing to fear about being sued since their plans are small potatoes. The problem with that view is...more

Announcing Must-Have Treatise on Business Divorce Litigation

There’s little doubt in my mind that “business divorce” has achieved name recognition as a distinct subgenre of commercial litigation whose regular practitioners, by dint of experience dealing in and out of court with the...more

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule

When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings opportunity. So while people are predicting gloom and doom when discussing the Department of...more

Popular Reads on JD Supra

Recap of top reads on JD Supra published in the last month of 2016....more

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans

As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some “magic beans” and his mother is so angry, she throws the beans on the ground and a magic beanstalk grows overnight. When it comes to...more

A Plan Sponsor Should Never Assume Their Providers Are Doing A Great Job

My wife and I have been in our house for over 11 years and it’s been one remodeling project after another. This is what happens when the previous owner did nothing for 20 years. We hired a general contractor to redo our...more

The JD Supra 50 - Top Legal Topics in 2016

JD Supra's annual list of 50 top legal topics for the year....more

How A Plan Sponsor Can Increase 401(k) Participation Without Costing Much $$$

My former Synagogue wanted Hebrew school parents to attend Synagogue events, so they created a participation fee where parents would have to pay $180 that they could use to attend events. Before I was involved as a Trustee...more

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