Benefit Plan Sponsors

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How to Settle an ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case and Sleep at Night: A Checklist for Plan Trustees to Consider

Plan trustees often look to settle ERISA fiduciary breach claims brought against them as a way to put the past behind them. Assuming there is enough fiduciary liability insurance coverage available to pay the proposed...more

Plan Administrators Have Discretion to Round

Cash balance plans often provide a pay credit and an interest credit in determining a participant’s accrued benefit. The pay credit is often a percentage of compensation. The interest credit is established in the plan and can...more

Stuff That Won’t Help A Retirement Plan Sponsor Limit Their Liability

As eat belt in a car is useless if the driver or passenger isn’t wearing it. A smoke detector is useless if the batteries are dead. Vitamin C won’t prevent a cold and putting paper on your forehead won’t cure hiccups. For a...more

Court Rejects Fiduciary Duty Breach by Claims Administrator Acting on Behalf of Plan Sponsor

In the recently decided matter of Van Loo, et al. v. Cajun Operating Company, et al., No. 2:2014cv10604 (E.D. Mich. 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan rejected allegations of a fiduciary duty...more

Plan Sponsor may be wise to get a second opinion

If you don’t feel right and you go to the doctor and you get some grim or fantastic news about your health, isn’t it a good call to get a second opinion? Especially with certain types of cancer, speaking to a different doctor...more

IRS Guidance on Windsor Decision May Require End-of-Year Amendments for Qualified Retirement Plans

Earlier this year, the IRS published updated guidance on the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor to qualified retirement plans. In Windsor, the Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act’s...more

End of Year Tips for The 401(k) Plan Sponsor

With Thanksgiving done, we look to the holidays and the New Year. While many of us are busy shopping for loved ones, many businesses and individuals have their eye geared to- wards next year. As a retirement plan sponsor, you...more

December 2014 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties and excise taxes. To...more

Advisors Advantage - December 2014

In This Issue: - Pearls of "Wisdom" for 401(k) Plan Providers. - Bells and whistles not being used is worse than having no bells and whistles. - The Fallout from Fee Disclosure continues. - As a 401(k)...more

Reminder: Amendments needed to reflect $2,500 limit on Health FSA contributions by year end

As mentioned in a prior Alert, beginning in 2013 employees’ salary reduction contributions to a health flexible spending account (health FSA) may not exceed $2,500 per plan year. This limit is to be indexed for inflation in...more

GAO report shines spotlight on key issues for managed accounts in 401(k) plans

Most professionals who work in the 401(k) arena would agree that managed accounts are, on balance, a favorable development for 401(k) plan participants. However, such accounts are, in many ways, still in their infancy,...more

Pearls of “Wisdom” for 401(k) Plan Providers

I am no genius and I’m sure all of you will agree. I have only been success- ful as an ERISA attorney because of my ambition and an uncanny ability to connect with my audience even though I’m still that shy kid from Canarsie,...more

IRS Updates Special Tax Notice for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2014-74, updating its safe harbor model notices for use by qualified retirement plans to satisfy the special tax notice requirement under Section 402(f) of the Internal Revenue...more

The Need to Vett Plan Providers

If I hire a bad contractor for my home or a bad accountant or bad attorney, it’s my cross to bear. Plan sponsors don’t have it that easy. If they choose a plan provider, they will be on the hook for liability because they are...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2014

In This Issue: - Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That's True. - An Employer's "Recipe" for having a Great Retirement Plan. - Why An Employer Can And Should Set Up A Retirement Plan...more

Stuff That Prospective 401(k) Plan Providers Tell You That’s True

When 401(k) retirement plan providers are courting you, your instinct when listen- ing to the sales pitch is that the provider is telling you only what they want you to hear. However, a good chunk of the time, they aren’t...more

Considerations for Employee Benefit Programs That Benefit Employers and Employees

Employers must compete in the marketplace for talented employees at every level—both in recruitment and retention. It is thus in employers’ best interests to provide employee benefit plans that are attractive to employees and...more

Are You Forgetting Something?

In This Issue: - Qualified Plan Administrative and Compliance Deadlines (based on calendar year plan) - Health and Welfare Benefit Plan Administrative and Compliance Deadlines - Are Your Plans Subject to...more

DOL’s New Audit Focus? Health Plan Claims and Appeals and Hard to Value Assets

In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions. While there are a number of different enforcement...more

What Is a Prudent Investment? Using Simulation to Evaluate Investment Selections

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), plaintiffs may file suit alleging that the selection of certain retirement investments was imprudent. Such litigation occurs after a retirement plan incurs...more

An Employer’s “Recipe” for having a Great Retirement Plan

Every good meal needs a good recipe and every good recipe needs good ingredients. While many products out there have secret ingredients (Coca- Cola), others have secret ingredients that aren’t (that Big Mac special sauce is...more

2014 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Part 2 – Qualified Retirement Plans

As 2014 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate SW Benefits Updates. Part 1 of the series...more

Bells and whistles not being used is worse than having no bells and whistles

My wife will admit I am a dutiful husband. For years, I have been forced from sleep to stand online for Black Friday sales. One year, I stood on line at Sports Authority for the 5 am open to buy a treadmill. A treadmill is...more

Avoid the next big thing in 401(k) Litigation

ERISA litigators need to eat and once they exhausted much of the fee litigation prior to the implementation of fee disclosure, they needed something else to sink their teeth in. Then we got cases regarding using the wrong...more

Why An Employer Can And Should Set Up A Retirement Plan Committee

Being a retirement plan sponsor can be a bit overwhelming and one of the major reasons that retirement plans are mismanaged because there is a lack of management. Retirement plan committees, regardless of the size of the plan...more

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