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The easiest mistake most 401(k) plan sponsors make

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The road to hell is paved with good intentions and that’s how I feel when it comes sometimes to what a 401(k) plan sponsor does. Yet, there is an error that too many 401(k) plan sponsors do that the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

They can’t see it, since they caused it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years back, I had the worst call with a prospective client in the 19 years I have been an ERISA attorney. This 401(k) plan sponsor was like many prospective clients, poor participation and paying too much in fees....more

Forfeiture Freedom

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some of our employer client sponsors of pre-approved 401(k) plans have contacted us regarding plan amendment notices received recently from their prototype or volume submitter plan document sponsors relating to the expanded...more

DOL May Delay Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

by Liskow & Lewis on

The Department of Labor in a brief filed in a Minnesota lawsuit on August 9, 2017 revealed that DOL had submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a proposal to delay the implementation of remaining parts of the DOL...more

The real reason why bad funds are in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Researchers once looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund lineups. The researchers identified one fairly clear explanation: a sub-par fund is much more likely to stay on...more

DOL Extends Fiduciary Rule Transition Period, Issues FAQs on Fee Disclosures

Transition Period Extension - In an August 9th court filing, the DOL announced it will extend the transition period for three prohibited transaction exemptions relating to the fiduciary investment advice rule (the...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

by Carlton Fields on

MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401k Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Bonus can cost you more than one way

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started working as an ERISA attorney in September 1998, I was pleasantly surprised when my boss Harvey Berman gave me a $300 bonus that December for the Holidays. That was the last bonus I ever got as an...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Health Saving Accounts: An Underutilized Opportunity in a Time of Uncertain Healthcare Changes

by Dickinson Wright on

Regardless of whether there will be revisions to, repeal of, or no changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, patients will most likely continue to have a larger financial responsibility for their medical care. ...more

Absurd Things About 401(k) Plans That Are Actually True

by Ary Rosenbaum on

We drive on parkways and park on driveways. Cigarettes are sold in gas stations even though smoking is prohibited there. Fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. Phonetic isn’t spelled the way it sounds. When it comes...more

IRS Retirement Plan Guidance Simplifies Pre-Approved Plans and Provides Roadmap for Individually Design Plan Conversion

by Benesch on

In Revenue Procedure 2017-41, the IRS makes significant changes to the procedures that it will use in reviewing and approving “pre-approved” retirement plans. The revenue procedure applies to almost all types qualified...more

My long running issues against self-directed brokerage accounts

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I used to joke that the only clients that used to ask about self directed brokerage accounts were medical practices and law firms. I stopped telling the joke when so many advisors told me that was the truth. My opinion about...more

ERISA Newsletter - Second Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - Welcome once again to Proskauer's newly revamped ERISA Newsletter. As a reminder, readers can obtain the information in this Newsletter as it is published on our blog. Our featured article this...more

You don’t need to think just happy thought about the retirement plan business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I was at law school at American University Washington College of Law, I was the Executive Editor of The American Jurist. The Jurist was the student newsmagazine for my final year of law school....more

Cash-Out Options - Things to Consider Before Jumping In

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

With the rise in health insurance costs and changing work demographics, employers nationwide are considering innovative benefit designs that are intended to not only contain costs but also provide employees greater...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - June 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors. Yes, it's free. They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan...more

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan review is usually a sales pitch by a retirement plan provider...more

Ascensus is becoming a big time player

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The first job I had was working as an ERISA attorney for a small law firm that was affiliated with a third party administrator (TPA) called CBIZ Retirement Services, Inc. Let’s just say that CBIZ wasn’t much of a moneymaker,...more

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

Calculating Maximum Participant Loan Amounts

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Most of us have struggled with the obtuse calculations required to determine maximum participant loan amounts. Perhaps in the future robotic AI Human Resource managers will not have this problem, but until then we all seem to...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

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