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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

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

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

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

Let Former Employees Roll Their Money Out

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the rules I live by is that I believe that you should never let someone who dislikes you be in a position where they can hurt you. Let’s just say that I worked for someone who should have taken that advice. That is why...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake. It's an absolute mistake. Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their...more

The profound change in the end was good

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you go and read through the marketplace news on 401khelpcenter.com, you see something recurring that was unfathomable 10-15 years ago,. You have an insurance company offering an open architecture platform....more

The Time is Right to Contact Recordkeepers About Hardship Substantiation

If your 401(k) plan recordkeeper has not talked to your company lately about hardship distributions, it may be time to reach out to the recordkeeper. The short story is that the IRS recently issued an internal memorandum...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - April 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Wrong Reasons For Hiring 401(k) Plan Providers - Some really bad reasons that plan sponsors use in hiring plan providers. Selecting a retirement plan provider can be a lot like dating in the sense that plan...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

Revenue sharing costs money

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I guess my comments regarding revenue sharing is a bit sarcastic, but I think accurate. While revenue sharing payments from mutual funds to TPA to help defray the costs of administration of a plan sponsor’s plan is legal, it...more

How to Avoid Costly Beneficiary Designation Litigation – Helpful Hints for All Benefit Plans

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When administering an employee benefits plan, it is critically important to provide clear and specific instructions as to how a participant can designate a beneficiary. A recent federal district court opinion in Florida...more

Oracle’s 401(k) and what doesn’t look right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A district court judge has ruled that Oracle will in have to defend itself regarding its 401(k) Plan. Plaintiffs allege the Oracle Corporation 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan “caused participants to pay recordkeeping...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

IRS Announces Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans, Proposes to Allow Forfeitures to Fund QNECS and QMACs

by Williams Mullen on

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a long-awaited Revenue Procedure regarding compliance for 403(b) plans and also offered flexibility to employers to fund employer contributions to their 401(k) plans with...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - March 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. Too many plan sponsors ignore their retirement plans and by doing that, they are unknowingly putting themselves in harm's way. I know hat plan...more

The IRS Provides Updated Guidance on Hardship Distributions

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued updated audit guidelines for its agents regarding the substantiation requirements for hardship withdrawals from 401(k) and 403(b) plans. This guidance is welcome news for...more

IRS Views on Self-Certification of Financial Hardship

by Bryan Cave on

In today’s virtual world, we suspect most plan sponsors rely upon the self-certification process to document and process 401(k) distributions made on account of financial hardship. The IRS has recently issued examination...more

Don’t hire relatives as your plan providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have some simple rules to live by. I never bet on the Mets, eat at a place called Mom’s, play cards with a guy named Doc, or do business with family. Yet I have come across so many financial advisors who bemoan to me...more

Advisors Advantage - March 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How You Can Stand Out From The Crowd As A Retirement Plan Advisor. It would be a detriment to focus only on this stuff. There are lots of financial advisors who claim they handle retirement plans, but there are...more

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