December 2010

Suit Cases

As in many areas of our modern lives, litigation is never very far off a prudent plan sponsor’s radar screen. Not that it dominates day-to-day plan operations, but it certainly flavors the big decisions made and, in my experience, frequently serves to slow or hinder them.

Interests Bearing

In October, the Department of Labor (DoL) issued a proposal that would, by its reckoning, provide the first update to the definition of an ERISA fiduciary since shortly after the birth of the federal regulation.

War Stories – December 2010

We all have them: Those front-line experiences that are inevitable when one deals with the variety—and sensitivity—of issues associated with human beings and critical life events. Sometimes those stories are tragic, sometimes they are bizarre, and sometimes—admit it—they are just plain funny.

Bells & Whistles – December 2010

Each month, Bells & Whistles highlights recent product introductions that plan sponsors­ may find of interest. More information on 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

Skill “Set”

It’s all about manager skill for 130/30 offerings

A PPACA Checkup

2011 is a good time for employers to start thinking strategically about health reform