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It’s a mistake to only focus on fees

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I remember as a kid that there was move to use margarine because of the cholesterol that was in butter. Who can forget those talking Parkay carton commercials? Of course, we later learn that many margarines had high amounts...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

Halo looms over new decision that adds to ERISA risks for claims administrators

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The latest decision to rely on the influential Halo v. Yale Health Plan decision from the 2nd Circuit adds to a worrisome pattern of courts applying the strictest possible review to lawsuits brought by aggrieved plan...more

Health Care Reform Update – American Health Care Act Shelved

The American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the legislation intended to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), was shelved on Friday, March 24, 2017, ending for now efforts to repeal the ACA. The AHCA, described in...more

CASE ALERT: 8th Circuit Rules Against Anheuser-Busch Plan Finding That ERISA-Plan Language Must Be Interpreted According to its...

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

Case: Knowlton, et al. v. Anheuser-Busch Companies Pension Plan — Eighth Circuit Issue Presented: Whether a plan administrator’s interpretation of ERISA-subject plan language that resulted in a denial of pension...more

Ask the TPA about their administrators’ training

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If I want to get a new doctor or an attorney, I certainly want to know their background. Same with a financial advisor, I don’t want the next Bernie Madoff. When you hire a professional, you want to know their credentials....more

The TPA Asset Based Fee is a dinosaur

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have a good friend of mine that I’ve known for the last 18 years and he’s one of the most honest people in the 401(k) business and I love him even though he roots for the New York Islanders. He works for a third party...more

Recent Budget Measures Bill Amends Ontario Pension Legislation

On November 16, 2016, Bill 70, Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016 (Bill) received first reading in Ontario’s legislative assembly. If passed, the Bill will amend the Pension Benefits Act (Ontario)...more

Environmental, Social and Governance Factors: Should Pension Plan Administrators Look to Rating Agencies for Links Between ESG and...

by Dentons on

In my August 17, 2016 post, I summarized Ontario’s recent changes to the Pension Benefits Act and Regulation that require a pension plan’s statement of investment policies and procedures (“SIPP”) to include information as to...more

Plan Administrators, Are You Prepared for Ontario’s New Regime for Pension Advisory Committees?

Many pension plan administrators will soon have new obligations regarding pension advisory committees (PAC). Ontario’s new PAC regime was proposed in fall 2015 and will come into force on January 1, 2017. In particular, O....more

Ontario Pension Advisory Committees

by Dentons on

If you are involved with the administration of an Ontario registered pension plan, you should familiarize yourself with new Ontario rules regarding pension advisory committees. The new rules will be effective January 1,...more

Evidence From LinkedIn, IMDB Used to Support Denial of Benefits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Be careful what you ask for. The Plaintiff in a recent case from the Central District of California learned that lesson when the Plan’s re-evaluation of her claim for benefits revealed that she was apparently working as a...more

Sometimes it’s about control

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As a retirement plan provider, you meet a potential client and you just do so well in the meeting that you think there should be no way that you’re going to lose this prospect. Yet you get the call that a competing provider...more

Who is the biggest 401(k) Recordkeeper and what really matters

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few weeks back, I wrote an article about 401(k) hustlers you should watch out for and I mentioned the caveat of using a payroll provider as your 401(k)’s third party administrator (TPA). I posted it on LinkedIn and someone...more

A Question of Timing – Social Security Disability Determinations and the Administrative Record

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Court excludes evidence of Social Security disability award issued after the final decision issued on plaintiff’s claim for plan disability benefits. The decision accentuates the importance of fighting to...more

Dealing with Long-Winded Out-of-Network Provider Nuisance Letters

by Snell & Wilmer on

Over the past couple years, more and more of my clients with self-funded plans have received letters from out-of-network providers appealing denied claims. The letters are usually 20 to 30 pages long, not very specific, and...more

Getting Your Act Together – B.C. & Alberta Triennial Pension Assessments

by Dentons on

In November 2008, the Alberta/British Columbia Joint Expert Panel on Pension Standards (JEPPS) released its report on pension standards in the two provinces. The report, Getting Our Acts Together, encouraged the two...more

IRS Publishes Guidance Allowing Taxpayers to Self-Certify An Excuse from the 60-day Rollover Rule in Specified Hardship Scenarios

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If you ask, plan administrators will tell you that for every deadline or specified time limit that is imposed by law upon plan participants for taking action with respect to an employee benefit plan, there are always a...more

Treasury Provides Relief for Late 60-Day Rollovers

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

The Internal Revenue Code allows qualified plan participants and IRA owners to withdraw assets from a plan or IRA and contribute them to another (or the same) plan or IRA without being taxed on the distribution, if the...more

New Self-Certification Procedure for Late Rollovers

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Revenue Procedure 2016-47, which provides for a new self-certification procedure for participants who receive retirement plan distributions but inadvertently miss the 60-day time...more

Ontario Pension Plan Members Will Soon Have Significant New Rights

by Dentons on

Ontario is on the verge of implementing new rights for members of registered pension plans. Members will have the right to form committees that will have broad rights to review information about all aspects of plan...more

Environmental, Social and Governance Factors: Does Failure to Consider ESG Issues Constitute a Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

by Dentons on

Changes made to the Ontario Pension Benefits Act and Regulation (the “Ontario PBA”), which came into force on January 1, 2016, now require a pension plan’s statement of investment policies and procedures (“SIPP”) to include...more

Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions: A Roadmap for States

Editor's Note: Faced with mounting evidence about the impact of social factors—such as income, access to food and housing, and employment status—on health outcomes, Medicaid agencies are looking for ways to integrate social...more

IRS Clarifies Instructions for Form 5500 Reporting of RMD Failures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Certain employee benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans, must file an annual return/report on Form 5500 with the Department of Labor, which is shared with the IRS. Each year discreet changes are typically made...more

Case Note: Court Rules In Favor Of Fidelity And Holds That Float Income Is Not A Plan Asset

by Jackson Walker on

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that float income is not a plan asset and therefore is not subject to fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. The decision was written by former Justice Souter...more

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