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EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

What Financial Advisors Really Do

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One would think that the role of a retirement plan financial advisor is to pick plan investments. Most plan sponsors think that way and some financial advisors think that as well. Some financial advisors promote their...more

Beware of Insurance Brokers Masked as TPAs

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A friend of mine who is a financial advisor asked me about a third party administration (TPA) firm that is actually about a village over from where I live in Long Island. My friend has this prospect with a defined benefit...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - June 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Free Advice For 401(k) Plan Sponsors. Yes, it's free. They always say there is no such thing as a free lunch because most of the time, free has strings attached. Even when it comes to retirement plans, that free plan...more

FAQs for Fund Managers Related to DOL’S Fiduciary Rule which Became Partially Effective June 9, 2017

As stated in our May 25, 2017 Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits and ERISA Alert, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new fiduciary rule (“Fiduciary Rule”) became partially applicable on June 9, 2017. Set forth below are...more

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

Just tell them straight

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the big parts of my practice is assisting third party administrators (TPAs) who cant or don’t want afford an ERISA attorney on staff....more

Don’t gyp employees on retirement plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t hire employees because I was an employee once too. That pretty much means that I never met an employee whoever thought they were overpaid. For that matter, I never met an employer who thought...more

Welcoming the New Client

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As you know, I’ve been a member of a few Synagogues because I’m a wandering Jew and the thing I’ve noticed is the usual coldness I’d get when joining. Aside from the last synagogue I joined last year (hopefully, the last one...more

403(b) Pre-Approved Retirement Plans List

by Bryan Cave on

We’ve recently updated the list of 403(b) pre-approved retirement plans that have received an IRS favorable opinion or advisory letter. A favorable opinion or advisory letter for a 403(b) pre-approved plan means that the IRS...more

Communication is key when dealing with your client

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have been an ERISA attorney for almost 19 years now and it’s gone by pretty quickly. I have worked for a few ERISA attorneys and have seen quite a few out there giving speeches around here and there....more

Employers, Be Aware of - but Don’t Worry about - the Fiduciary Rule’s June 9 Deadline

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

If you’ve had better things to do, you might only be vaguely aware that the new fiduciary rule becomes effective on June 9, 2017. We’ve written about this before (here and here), but a quick refresher might be helpful as the...more

The Thing about Payroll Provider TPAs

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Last week, I published on JDSupra.com my annual article regarding payroll provider third party administration (TPAs) firms and my recommendation that using them is a bad mistake....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

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...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

Don’t Chisel Other Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I sell some stuff on EBay. Basically I’m selling collectibles I no longer want for collectibles I do want (vintage graded sports cards). I set a starting bid and a buy it now price and occasionally I’ll get the EBay member...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

Legal Costs Don’t Have To Be Staggering

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The cost of correcting plan errors can be expensive. It can be expensive through corrective contributions and it certainly can be expensive through legal costs....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

What Phyllis Borzi got wrong

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It’s been about 4 months since Phyllis Borzi left her position as the head of the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) and as time passes by, we can certainly opine on her accomplishments in that position. Of...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

Administrative Check-Up on Participant Plan Loans

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The IRS just issued a memo to its auditors approving two different methods for calculating the statutory limitation on available loan amounts when a participant takes a new loan within 12 months of having paid off another...more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

by Dickinson Wright on

A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

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