One of the most annoying phrases out there is: “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. I have disliked it for more than 20 years after seeing a student government political candidates use it back at Stony Brook.
Seven Deadly Sins Every Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid.
Stuff plan providers should avoid.
The movie Seven taught me that the seven deadly sins are wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. It...more
In 2013, many different changes in the law impacted group health plans and arguably, even more changes will occur in 2014. The following is an overview of a few of the key compliance issues that occurred in 2013 which should...more
The Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Registered Plans Directorate (RPD) recently made two announcements that plan sponsors and administrators should be aware of: (i) a project to assess the compliance of DB plans; and (ii) a...more
Why a Plan Review Shouldn't Be Treated Like a Trip to the Dentist.
Why it should and needs to be less painful than a trip to the dentist.
When it comes to their health, people dread going to the dentist. I dread...more
As 2013 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 Employee Benefits Updates. Part one of the...more
With the Holiday season about to start, we know that the end of the year will soon follow. While plan participants maybe more concerned about holiday shopping or the firm’s annual holiday party, it’s a great and necessary...more
I have been a New York Giants football since the days of Ray Perkins, Brad Van Pelt, and Joe Danelo and actually attended my first game where the G-Men beat the Packers.
It reminded me of a client my third party...more
The Treasury Department has issued final regulations regarding the ability to suspend employer contributions to "safe harbor" 401(k) and 403(b) plans during a plan year. Employers that maintain safe harbor plans should...more
Effective January 1, 2014, The dollar limitation that apply to qualified retirement and other benefits are as follows...
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I get along with people for the most part because I make the effort. It’s also a lot easier to function in the retirement plan business when you have more friends than enemies. Unfortunately, there has been a number of...more
The IRS has announced new, long-requested relief from the “use it or lose it” rule that will allow health flexible spending account (FSA) participants to carry over up to $500 of unused contributions to the next plan year if...more
Although using the revenue generated by the Plan’s investment funds to pay investment, advisory or recordkeeping fees may seem at first a “no-brainer”, this decision requires financial analysis, assessment of fiduciary...more
One of my favorite movies of all time is Casino, directed by Martin Scorcese. It doesn’t get as much love because it is often compared to GoodFellas, which was another mob movie that was directed by Scorsese, and also...more
The IRS announced the Year 2014 cost-of-living adjustments for various provisions affecting employee benefit plans. The following table shows certain Year 2014 limits and those from prior years. ...more
The United States Supreme Court's landmark Windsor decision in June of this year invalidated certain key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act by holding that the disparate tax treatment of validly married same sex...more
As we previously noted, the PBGC filed a complaint (E.D. Pa. Case No. 13-02069) to involuntarily terminate a defined benefit plan prior to a corporate transaction that would change the plan sponsor’s controlled group. The...more
In what seems like a lifetime ago, the IRS provided eligible plan sponsors until December 31, 2009 to adopt a written plan under which they would maintain their existing Section 403(b) arrangements. A 403(b) plan is a...more
When I was a kid, I had an Intellivision. For those people born after 1980, Intelliivision was video game console that had better graphics than an Atari 2600 but people didn’t buy. One of my favorite games on Intellivision...more
My great uncle was in the meat provisions business for over 40 years. When Uncle Jack told us which hot dogs we should eat, we trusted his opinion because he knew how hot dogs were made (the company he worked for made...more
Unless they are involved in the retirement plan industry a plan sponsor must delegate much of their duties to retirement plan providers that may include third party administrators (TPAs), financial advisors, and ERISA...more
The focus of U.S. litigation challenging plan investments has been 401(k) plans, but that may be changing. Defined benefit plan sponsors may have felt that they were immune to these types of claims because the funding rules...more
A recent decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals serves as a reminder to plan custodians that they cannot assume that federal law will always trump state law when it comes to assignment of plan assets. In Johnson...more
Thalidomide was supposed to be the wonder drug that helped women manage morning sickness until they discovered it caused birth defects. Asbestos was supposed to be the ultimate fire resistant material that was later found out...more
Editor's Overview -
Health care issues make the headlines once again in this month's ERISA Litigation Newsletter. Tzvia Feiertag first provides practical and timely tips for insured ERISA health plan sponsors on...more