March 2012


Leading by Example

Congratulations to the 2012 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsors of the Year, whom I am very pleased to introduce to you in this issue, along with their esteemed peers who have been recognized as finalists.

Survey Says

Do You Think the Social Security Payroll Tax Cut Is a Good Idea?

A two-month extension of the reduction of Social Security tax withholding from 6.2% of an employee’s pay to 4.2% was signed into law by President Obama on December 23 and, at press time, news reports were saying Congress was close to reaching an agreement to extend the tax cut through the end of 2012.

Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles - March 2012

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors­ may find of interest. More information about these announcements can be found on If you have a product announcement that you believe would be of interest to our ­readers, drop us a line at

Running the Fund

Changing Plans

Will a market emerge for an all-ETF 401(k) plan lineup?

Second Opinions

Keeping in Line

PPACA coverage mandates penalties and eligibility waiting periods


Tidbits - March 2012

Some quotes, survey statistics, and musings to use in employee communications, or just as a break in the grind.