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Retirement Plan Sponsors Can’t Afford To Be Cheap

by Ary Rosenbaum on

There is nothing wrong with being thrifty. You should never pay full price for something that you can get on a discount. Being thrifty is different from being cheap. Being cheap is about not wanting to pay for something just...more

How A Plan Provider Should Handle Employees

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I always say that the main reason that I don’t want to have employees is that I was an employee once too. An employee wants to get paid as much as possible and the employer wants to pay as little as possible. I have yet to...more

Calling ICE about Your Plaintiff Could Make You the Defendant

An attorney representing his employer-client calls Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to inquire about the plaintiff’s immigration status. Is that potentially retaliation under the employment laws? If it is, can the...more

Plan Features And Services Aren’t A Fit For Every Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Did you ever buy a car and the dealer was trying to sell you things you didn’t really need like etched glass and under carriage treatments? Well, retirement plan sponsors are sold services that many times they really don’t...more

How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Avoid Turning Their Plan Into A Disaster

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m a movie fan especially a fan of movies from the 1970s. One genre of movies made famous during the 1970s was the disaster movie. The Poseidon Adventure, Airport, and The Towering Inferno led to a great successful genre...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Three Tips for Addressing Harassment and Discrimination in Law Firms

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As the national headlines in recent weeks make clear, no industry is free from allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. In the legal field, a number of recent high-profile lawsuits have alleged discrimination by...more

IRS announces 2018 retirement plan limits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As 2017 nears its end, we already have the retirement plan limits set for 2008 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For 401(k) plans, the 2018 limit for salary deferrals contributions is $18,500, up $500 from 2017’s...more

It Looks Good On Paper For The 401(k) Plan Sponsor, But…

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Often there are things that look good on paper and don’t look good in practice like an Apple Newton or Incredible Universe. Those business bombs cost the businesses that pushed them out. For 401(k) plan sponsors, they can ill...more

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time in getting clients especially when the law firm I was at had partners that weren’t interested in selling my services to...more

#1 Way A 401(k) Plan Sponsor Can Avoid Compliance Headaches: Hire The Right TPA

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve been an ERISA attorney for 19 years and I’ve seen a lot of 401(k) plan sponsors that have liability and compliance headaches that they could have avoided. The most important step that plan sponsors can take in avoiding...more

What To Avoid In Hiring Plan Providers As 401(k) Fiduciaries

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A plan sponsor has so many things to do in running a business that they often forget that as a 401(k) plan sponsor, they are also a plan fiduciary. Being a plan fiduciary requires the highest duty of care in equity and law....more

Avoid the headache: Stick to what you know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the past 7 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

Don’t get out of your level of comfort

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I started this law firm about 17 years ago as a side project. It is where I could offer legal services on the side while I did my normal day job. It was an experiment on whether I could go out on my own and I learned during...more

How And Why Plan Providers Should Help Increase 401(k) Plan Assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Many years ago, I was an ERISA attorney working for a “producing” third party administrator (TPA) that was very successful because of its in-house registered investment advisory firm advising a good portion of the 401(k)...more

Retirement Plan Features Going The Way Of Bell Bottoms and Betamax

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is like pieces of technology; there are features and concepts out there that are going the way of bell bottoms and Betamax. As a retirement plan sponsor, you need to be up to date with the changes...more

Good Housekeeping Tips Every 401(k) Plan Sponsor Should Follow

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Good housekeeping isn’t just about keeping your house clean, it’s about keeping everything in order. When it comes to being a 401(k) plan sponsor, good housekeeping isn’t about dusting and putting baking soda in the...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Fall 2017

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Our attorneys have published the Fall 2017 edition of LeClairRyan's Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief. In this issue: - Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement to Five Years - Revised Form I-9 Released:...more

What They Don’t Know As A 401(k) Sponsor May Hurt Them

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I worked at a semi-prestigious law firm, one of the named partners (whose son is a Congressman who was kind enough to offer me a cannoli at a Knicks-Clippers game a few years ago) asked me what my practice was. I told...more

Focusing Just On Fees Can Make 401(k) Plan Sponsors Neglect Other Problems

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to regulations requiring fee disclosure, media coverage, and a lot of litigation, 401(k) fees are still a huge topic for plan sponsors. Retirement plan providers talk about fees all the time because it’s a huge...more

Stick to a plan that will work

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started out, I worked as an attorney affiliated with a third party administration (TPA). The problem with this TPA that it had 4 main partners and two other employees who had small ownership interests; it was a...more

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made as a retirement plan provider, so the point is to try to avoid as many mistakes as...more

The Plan Providers That A 401(k) Plan Sponsor Needs

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When an employer decides to start a 401(k) plan, one of the biggest problems out there is that they don’t know who they need. They know that they need someone to help on their retirement plan, but they don’t know who. One of...more

Clues That There are Problems With A 401(k) Plan Provider

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to illnesses and diseases, there are usually warning signs out there. Whether you can come out healthy from a debilitating illness or disease is dependent on whether you can tell the warning signs. I’ve seen...more

They can’t see it, since they caused it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years back, I had the worst call with a prospective client in the 19 years I have been an ERISA attorney. This 401(k) plan sponsor was like many prospective clients, poor participation and paying too much in fees....more

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