BB&K's Isabel Safie Discusses the Implications of IRS’ Definition of Governmental Plan Status
Employers must compete in the marketplace for talented employees at every level—both in recruitment and retention. It is thus in employers’ best interests to provide employee benefit plans that are attractive to employees and...more
In recent talks and appearances, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor have issued a warning about new areas of focus of DOL audits and enforcement actions. While there are a number of different enforcement...more
Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), plaintiffs may file suit alleging that the selection of certain retirement investments was imprudent. Such litigation occurs after a retirement plan incurs...more
Every good meal needs a good recipe and every good recipe needs good ingredients. While many products out there have secret ingredients (Coca- Cola), others have secret ingredients that aren’t (that Big Mac special sauce is...more
ERISA litigators need to eat and once they exhausted much of the fee litigation prior to the implementation of fee disclosure, they needed something else to sink their teeth in. Then we got cases regarding using the wrong...more
Being a retirement plan sponsor can be a bit overwhelming and one of the major reasons that retirement plans are mismanaged because there is a lack of management. Retirement plan committees, regardless of the size of the plan...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
When I was at Stony Brook, there was a Political Science course that I enjoyed called Government Regulation of Business. When it came time to exams, I realized that buying the textbook was a bad idea since the exams were just...more
The percentage of workers who participate in a retirement plan increased in 2013 for the first time since 2010, according to a report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Participation rose to 40.8...more
Plan sponsors should replace the Bad Plan Decision Makers.
It's time for them to go.
If your company's retirement plan got into some trouble because the powers that be who run the plan (whether it's the C.E.O.,...more
I love professional wrestling and I’m not afraid to admit. Yes, I know it’s not real just like I know the Ewings don’t live on Southfork Ranch. Maybe it’s in my blood since both of my grandfathers watch it, but I find the...more
Being a long time plan provider for a client can be a good thing and it can be a bad thing. While having a long time base of clients is great for business and indicative of client satisfaction, it can be a bad thing too....more
If your company’s retirement plan got into some trouble because the powers that be who run the plan (whether it’s the C.E.O., human resources director, or retirement plan committee) took their eye off the plan, it may be a...more
After the downstairs play area was rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, my wife went on a toy-buying spree to replace the board games we lost thanks to the five feet of water. My wife loves board games and the kids do too. Having...more
The Supreme Court is poised to address whether fiduciaries' decisions—especially in using fee sharing arrangements—are subject to deference when challenged. The Eighth and Ninth Circuit courts recently decided these issues,...more
Dumb Mistakes that 401(k) Financial Advisors Should Avoid -
Stuff to think about.
We all make mistakes, well except my mother. There are mistakes we make that we think are pretty good in hindsight, but end up...more
When we were children, our mothers told us stories that we believed to be true because we always believed what our parents were telling us was the truth. Part of growing up is realizing that a good chunk of what your mom told...more
It’s now Fall and it’s one of my least favorite time of the year because I love Spring and Summer and Fall means Winter is around the corner.
For a retirement plan professional, it’s one of the best times of the year...more
I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for third party administrators (TPAs) because it gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney...more
I was a fit at my old law firm sort of like how my son’s toddler clothes fit him at age 7. I wasn’t a good fit because I didn’t take myself too seriously, I tried to push for flat fee billing, and I tried to break down...more
The Issue: Companies often divide their workers into a variety of categories . . . agency employees, temporary employees, provisional employees, independent contractors, and so on. Unfortunately, many companies believe that...more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended the rules governing money market funds in an effort to increase the stability and liquidity of these funds in times of economic stress. Money market funds...more
In the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side, there are 3 important rules of life to follow: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse...more
Regardless of the business you’re in, one of the worst thing you can do in being the decision maker for your retirement plan is that you know better than most retirement plan professionals.
No plan sponsor likes to get...more
Starsky had Hutch, Cagney had Lacey, Fred had Ginger, Bogie had Bacall, Bonnie had Clyde, Bert had Ernie, Baskin had Robbins, and Sheriff Bart had the Waco Kid. Whether it's law enforcement, entertainment, or any type of...more
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