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Things That Plan Providers Don’t Tell You as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When my wife and I bought our house, there were quite a few things that the previous owner forgot to tell us such as the fact they never bothered to pull the pipes from the dental office run by a previous owner 20 years...more

LEI delay helps firms but the pressure is still on

On December 20, 2017, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced a six month Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) grace period, but firms must be in the process of obtaining client LEIs. You need the insight...more

Plan Providers Should Encourage Participants To Rollover Assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

There are so many issues in advising retirement plan sponsors in your role as a retirement plan provider that you may forget a thing or two that could help your clients and you in the long run. One facet of the business that...more

The JD Supra Top 50 - Popular Legal Topics in 2017

by JD Supra Perspectives on

A look at some of the most popular topics on JD Supra during all of 2017....more

Whether A Plan Sponsor Should Hire An ERISA §3(16) Administrator

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Running a business is a complicated activity. You have to be an expert in your field, service, or specialty. In order to get your work, there is a point where you will need to outsource some key employer functions such as...more

It Happened! Changes In The 401(k) Industry That Could Affect Your Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve been a boxing fan since I was a kid when Marvin Hagler, Larry Holmes, Aaron Pryor, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Mike Tyson were the premier boxers. One of my favorite boxing moments was in 1994 when 45-year-old...more

Landmark decision awards security for costs against third-party funder in excess of funder’s commitment

by White & Case LLP on

The decision in Sandra Bailey & Others v GlaxoSmithKline UK Limited on 8 December 2017 examines the exposure of third-party funders to security for cost applications and considers whether the so-called Arkin cap is of any...more

Plan Sponsors Need To Deal With A Whole New 401(k) World

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’ve been an ERISA attorney for over 19 years and 401(k) plans have dramatically changed because of law changes, technological change, and changes in the marketplace. The problem is that most plan sponsors are stuck back in...more

Billable Bitcoins: Why it Pays for Lawyers to Accept Cryptocurrency

With bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies reaching shocking new prices seemingly every day, some people have finally started putting the new payment systems to real use – paying lawyers. Earlier this fall Nebraska became the...more

Another TPA joins Alliance Benefits Group

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the great supermarkets in my area is ShopRite and it’s one of the unique successes in the supermarket business. ShopRite is a co-operative consisting of individual supermarket owners who band together for purchasing...more

The Rapidly Shifting Law Firm: Responding to Client Needs and Building Trust

by Goodwin on

Goodwin Senior Counsel Brackett Denniston, former Senior VP and general Counsel at GE, recently sat down with Mike Caplan, Goodwin’s Chief operating officer, to discuss the shifting demands on today’s law firms and how to...more

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

Forum Selection Clause in an Unsigned Pre-Petition Engagement Letter is Binding on Chapter 11 Trustee.

Every lawyer knows that it is important to enter into a signed engagement letter with a client before commencing legal representation. But, as one law firm recently discovered, even an unsigned engagement letter is better...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

U.K. Regulator Critiques Legal Industry AML Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its “Risk Outlook, Autumn Update” (“Update”) released last week, the Solicitor Regulation Authority (“SRA”), a regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, found that although the legal sector remains at...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

Location of your plan provider isn’t an issue these days

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m the guy who will travel to a Target further from my home because the Target in Farmingdale is far better than Westbury and Valley Stream and people think I’m crazy to travel 15 minutes more for a better run store with...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

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

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

[Event] 1st Annual FinTech Update - November 9th, Chicago, IL

by Vedder Price on

Chicago is at the center of a new and growing industry. This complimentary program is designed as a concise briefing on the latest developments in the FinTech industry for C-Suite executives....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

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