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One of my favorite movies of all time is The Deer Hunter. It’s a story about the Vietnam War and the post-traumatic stress disorder a group of friends from Western Pennsylvania who were drafted together and fought alongside...more
When it comes to your role as a retirement plan sponsor, outside of hiring a TPA (third party administrator), the most important plan provider that you need to hire is a financial advisor. Unfortunately, like my favorite...more
I have been in the retirement plan business for over 15 years and I have met too many plan sponsors who don’t care that their plan isn’t being run correctly. What makes them eventually care is when they are audited by the...more
Future Threats That a 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Be Aware Of.
What might be good today, may not be good tomorrow.
What was good yesterday might not be a good today. Asbestos was a great fireproof building...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
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
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
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
On July 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2013-02 (FAB 2013-02) that extended the deadline for plan sponsors to provide 2013 annual participant fee disclosures by six months. ...more
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance that gives administrators of defined contribution plans a one-time opportunity to reset their deadline for providing participants with the plan’s required...more
Some mutual funds (and possibly other funds) that are made available by a 401k plan for investment by its participants may make payments to the plan's record-keeper (and perhaps other service providers) for certain services...more
Guidance provides temporary relief from the August deadline for annual disclosures by participant-directed plans.
On July 22, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2013-02 (the Bulletin),...more
On July 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin Number 2013-02, which offers sponsors of ERISA-covered retirement plans temporary relief from the participant fee disclosure deadline...more
The Department of Labor has provided plan administrators with a one-time opportunity to delay annual distribution of investment information to retirement plan participants for up to 6 months in 2013 or 2014....more
Advisory opinion on "plan asset" issue lays out factors for fiduciary consideration.
On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-03A, which discusses whether a bookkeeping account for...more
I am a fan of the original Highlander movie with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. The subsequent sequels and television series make the cannon of the series nonsensical, but I do love the original. Maybe it’s because of...more
Does your 401(k) plan pay higher than average fees? Do you have more than one qualified plan?
A number of recent reports indicate why you may receive special scrutiny if your plan is selected for audit or...more
George Carlin said that all you need in life is a place for your stuff. Carlin said that all a house really is; is a place for your stuff. When it comes to being a retirement plan sponsor, retirement plan sponsors need a...more
The Department of Labor has published two checklists that plan sponsors can use to test their compliance with group health plan requirements. One checklist addresses the Affordable Care Act (ACA or health care reform)...more
New guidance defers to the Dodd-Frank/CFTC framework for regulating the swaps clearing process.
On February 7, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an advisory opinion on the application of the ERISA fiduciary rules...more
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
As we discussed in our previous Benefits eAuthority regarding the final rules on service provider fee disclosures, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations setting forth the fee disclosure obligations for...more
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