June 2008

Political Partings

Health insurance represents 7.8% of employee compensation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—but that belies its importance to most American workers, and its significance in the lives of most plan sponsors.

Election Nearing

One need look no further than two key areas of concern for plan sponsors—health care and retirement­ savings—to gain a sense of just how different the future of workplace benefits could be.

Their Own Devices

It's an election year, after all—and, while most of the rhetoric revolves around targeting only "the wealthiest Americans," it's hard to shake a sense that the impact will be less than precisely targeted.

June 2008

PLANSPONSOR.com news articles that also appeared in the Upfront section of the June issue.

June 2008

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.

June 2008

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

Names Sakes

Randy Johnson is still hurling fastballs and changeups for the Arizona Diamondbacks at the ripe old age of 44.

Riding Out the Storm

Q1 was rough for hedge funds, but managers see better times ahead

Names Sakes

ERISA accounts, more colloquially known as ERISA budgets, have gained increased prominence in recent months as part of a renewed focus on 401(k) plan fees and expenses.

Mistaken Reliance

John W. Livick v. The Gillette Company; The Gillette Company Retirement Plan

Change Agent

In May 1999, when Prudential Securities hired Charles Millard, then head of the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Giuliani administration, to run a new group within the investment banking department, a Prudential executive described the new hire as a man with "a talent for getting things done."

Political Divide

In April, the House Education and Labor Committee reported out a 401(k) fee bill.

Patch Work

If you kept putting change into a pocket with a hole in it, how much money could potentially leak out over a year's time?

Seventh Haven

The Department of Labor (DoL) recently announced changes to the "plan asset" guidelines affecting the time frame in which participant contributions must be transmitted to plans with fewer than 100 participants.

For Better or Worse?

How should plan sponsors react to the Department of Labor's new requirements for service provider disclosures?