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Education is an important part of the fiduciary process

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors liability protection based on a...more

The Problem With Loans

When I draft a new 401(k) plan for a client, I’ll recommend a loan provision even though it can be an administrative headache. The reason that I add it because I think participants need to have access to money if in their...more

Being a Plan Sponsor is all about the Process

Imagine a diet where it doesn’t matter how much weight you lost. Imagine a golf game that wasn’t about your score. Imagine about a job and not how much money you make. Being a plan sponsor isn’t about a specific result, it’s...more

Dealing with New IRS Qualification Requirements for Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, Effective January 1, 2017

The procedures for qualification of an employer sponsored individually designed pension, profit sharing or 401(k) plan for favorable tax deferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) changed significantly...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2017

Concepts That Retirement Plan Advisors Shouldn't Focus On. It would be a detriment to focus only on this stuff. Being a financial advisor isn't as easy as many people on the outside think. There are so many things you ...more

"Change in Administration Presents Opportunity to Revisit DOL Fiduciary Rule"

In 2016, regulatory developments introduced fundamental changes in the legal standards that govern the relationship of broker-dealers with their customers. Although the changes are not applicable until April 10, 2017, most in...more

Some TPA Humor

I worked 9 years working as an ERISA attorney for a couple of third party administrators (TPA) and I always felt like I was a fireman because I put out a lot of compliance fires for our clients and sometimes, it was our...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - January 2017

Concepts You May Not Be Aware Of As A 401(k) Plan Sponsor. Quite a few things out there. 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...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

Excessive Fee Litigation

Over the years, we have seen numerous class action lawsuits against plan fiduciaries, starting with claims relating to mega 401(k) plans and, more recently, claims against the fiduciaries of very large University-sponsored,...more

Important Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has modified procedures governing favorable determination letters for individually designed qualified retirement plans, including 401(k), profit sharing, defined benefit, and cash balance...more

Don’t blame the 401(k)

I’ve seen the articles that pop up about how 401(k) plans are somehow to blame for the lack of retirement savings or their replacement of defined benefit plans as the savings vehicle for private employers. I don’t like to...more

Automatic enrollment is growing in 401(k) plans

The Plan Sponsor Council of America’s newest annual report shows that in 2015, 25.5% of small 401(k) plans offer automatic enrollment. In their survey, small plans are considered plans with less than 50 participants....more

The Next Big Thing After The Fiduciary Rule? I have some guesses

With the fiduciary rule coming down the pike in April, people ask me what the next big thing to shake up the retirement plan industry will be. I’m no soothsayer, but I think there will be a couple of areas that the Department...more

Fiduciary Rule will clear out the Alphabet Soup of Share Classes

When it comes to mutual funds offered under 401(k) plans, I’ve always believed that the multiple share classes was something out of an alphabet soup. I’m not an advisor, so I don’t know how or why there is so many share...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule. It's an opportunity. When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings...more

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

Survey proves one thing: Participants need education

A new 401(k) survey from Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions, shows a lack of knowledge among Americans when it comes to their 401(k) plan. 71 percent of respondents to the survey failed Fisher’s 401(k) IQ in the Workplace...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2016

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans. There is a liability lurking there. As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some "magic beans" and his...more

Your Business Can Fall A Lot Quicker That It Rose

One of the business philosophies I learned while working for third party administrator is that it’s a lot easier to lose a client than to gain one. I know that first hand, seeing bad service that gets plan sponsors to fire...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The December 22 announcement that Deutsche Bank had settled with the DOJ over long-standing RMBS-related claims and investigations for a reported $7.2 billion prompted this Times long-read that traced the Icarus-like rise and...more

Communicating with Millennials on 401(k) Plans

Schwab conducted a survey where 61 percent of millennial women and 44 percent of millennial men feel they don’t know what their best 401(k) plan investment options are. While I suppose that I’m a Generation X member, these...more

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