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Benefit Plan Sponsors 401k

Plan Providers and Plan Sponsors Can Still Lose By Winning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The news comes trickling in for 401(k) plan providers and plan sponsors beating back class action lawsuits. Many plan providers win their case as defendants because the plan participants fail to convince a judge that the...more

Grow your client’s plan assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a financial advisor, more assets under management equal more money. It’s pretty simple to me. So that means a financial advisor working in the 401(k) plan space should do their best to making sure that their Plans...more

Pick a Provider That Is Ahead of The Curve

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to plan sponsors in choosing providers for their retirement plan, I think one rule of thumb is to choose plan providers that are ahead of the curve. What do I mean by ahead of the curve? Retirement plan...more

Should Your 401(k) Plan Go Safe Harbor?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

December 1 is pretty quickly going to be upon us, which reminds me that I have some notices to send out shortly. For those in the retirement plan business, we know December 1 marks the date that safe harbor notices have to be...more

Using Funds From Only One Family Is An Awful Idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

You must know about the shoemakers’ children and how they go barefoot and have no shoes. In the retirement plan industry, we have retirement plan providers and their employees’ retirement plan....more

No joke: Gucci sued for “expensive” 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I think of Gucci, I think of a high-priced brand. Coincidentally or not, they are being accused of running a high-priced 401(k) plan. Selling high-priced leather goods is OK, running an expensive 401(k) plan is not....more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

If it bleeds, it leads. If it’s thrown out, forget about it.

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I serve as the attorney for a registered investment advisor out on Long Island and they forwarded me an email from a plan sponsor regarding a news article from last year of a potential class action lawsuit against a...more

The Trouble With 401(k) Investment Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The most common area in which 401(k) plans are being scrutinized these days is in their selection and design of investment offerings. While participants often get to direct how their funds are invested, that direction is...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

Time to Prepare for the End of the Year - Part One

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The end of the year is rapidly approaching! To avoid costly penalties that can arise from inadvertent errors in the year-end rush, plan sponsors should begin talking with their service providers now about what must be done by...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make. Learn from the mistakes of others. Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made...more

IRS Provides for Expedited Loans and Hardship Distributions from Retirement Plans

by Jackson Walker on

The IRS announced last week that it will allow victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families to more easily access assets held in employer-sponsored retirement plans. Specifically, the IRS will allow certain retirement plans...more

401(k) Plan Sponsor Steals Assets To Support Country Club Life

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of my favorite lines from Seinfeld is when George Costanza gets a job where Elaine works at Pendant Publishing. He’s fired for having sex in the office with the cleaning woman. George pardons ignorance, asking whether it...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - August 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Plan Providers That A 401(k) Plan Sponsor Needs. A list, all of them. When an employer decides to start a 401(k) plan, one of the biggest problems out there is that they don't know who they need. They know that...more

Can Financial Institutions Use In-House Funds for Their Own Retirement Plans?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Financial institutions that sell mutual funds to the public often maintain 401(k) and other retirement plans for their own employees. In these plans, many financial institutions make their own mutual funds available to...more

Plan Design Consultants try to Kickstart 401(k) plans for employers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

My friends at Plan Design Consultants have created a new program called KIC(k)START, which is an approach for them to garner more plans and help out the advisors they work with....more

Back to School for ERISA Fiduciary Claims: How to Prepare for This Trend in University Litigation

In the past 10 years, there have been an increasing number of lawsuits asserting Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary claims. These have been accompanied by an increased focus by the Department of...more

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

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

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

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

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

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