March 2012

2012 Plan Sponsor of the Year

 2012 Plan Sponsors of the Year: Corporate Defined ContributionLand O’Lakes Inc. Corporate Defined Contribution—SmallFort Wayne Metals Defined BenefitHickory Springs Manufacturing Co. Public Defined ContributionFairfax County Nonprofit/403(b)Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center 2012 Plan Sponsors...

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.

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 – 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

Changing Plans

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

DoL Offers Help

Exemption for use of proprietary mutual funds

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.