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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

New IRS Memorandum Is a Hardship Act to Follow

In an internal memorandum to its examination agents dated February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance regarding the types of documentation that agents should request in verifying hardship withdrawals...more

Guidance to IRS Examiners on 401(k)/403(b) Hardship Withdrawals

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Substantiation Requirement Clarified for Examination Purposes - Over the past few years, employers and plan administrators have frequently asked how hardship withdrawal requests can/should be substantiated from 401(k)...more

401(k) Plan Design and its Effect on Employees’ Retirement Readiness

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Most American adults are concerned that they will not be able to retire or will outlive their retirement income. In fact, research shows that Americans are not saving enough for retirement. This retirement crisis is, in part,...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it's an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain...more

Sometimes Plan Sponsors just want to throw you off their “scent”

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When you meet retirement plan sponsors just at different networking events and they find out that you’re a retirement plan provider, they may volunteer that their retirement plan is in perfect shape. As we know as retirement...more

Education is an important part of the fiduciary process

by Ary Rosenbaum on

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

by Ary Rosenbaum on

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

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