February 1, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - This week, Congress may well turn its attention to pension reform (or it may not; there are other issues looming, not the least of which is the scramble to fill the House Majority Leader opening).
January 26, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Last March, we did a NewsDash Survey Says on what our readers thought - and planned to do about - the Roth 401 (k).
January 12, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - We've been reporting on various state initiatives, most recently one in Maryland that would require larger employers to spend a certain amount of their payroll on health care.
January 5, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Roughly a year ago, we asked readers if they were "ready for automatic rollovers" - and nearly three-quarters said they had made (or were in the process of making) the requisite changes to their plan's mandatory distribution procedures to accommodate new IRS rules regarding distributions of more than $1,000 for which distribution instructions weren't provided.
March 25, 2004 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A little while back a reader asked, "Are plan sponsors jumping on the lifestyle fund parade or are they just waiting to see if they become popular or not?" This week, we asked readers to tell us about their experience with lifestyle/target/asset allocation funds.
December 22, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Here in the Northeast, it's tempting to pose a question about the transit strike in NYC - but with luck, by the time we had the results compiled, it would be over (not to mention the fact that many of our readers probably couldn't care less).
December 15, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Balancing workloads around the holidays is always interesting, to say the least, and with Christmas Day falling on Sunday this year -- well, that may provide some interesting challenges as well. This week we asked readers what their holiday schedule was.
December 8, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - As the holidays approach, many of us will be exchanging gifts with friends and co-workers. This week, we asked readers if they would be giving their BOSS a gift.
December 2, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Every year about this time, I start looking back over the year just past - and try to highlight some of the major trends and developments that have impacted our industry.
November 10, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Between last year's flu vaccine shortage and this year's bird flu pandemic angst, flu concerns have certainly gotten a lot of press. This week, we asked readers if they were sponsoring flu vaccinations in their workplace - and if they would be getting a shot.
November 9, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - On Friday, the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, issued a report reflecting its analysis of cash balance plans and their impact on worker pensions. That same afternoon, the "mainstream" media published their analysis of that analysis - but seemed to be selective in the parts they chose to highlight.
November 3, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - We've all sat through a boring meeting (or two) - some of us have no doubt led a boring meeting (or two).
By now you have perhaps read - or at least been told about - the recent cover story in Time magazine titled "The Broken Promise." The promise - one of retirement benefits and health coverage - has been broken by employers, with the complicity of government, according to the story's authors.
October 13, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Published reports earlier this week suggest that the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform is considering taxing workers on the value of their employer-sponsored health coverage, at least above a certain level.
September 29, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - President Bush last week signed into law H.R. 3768, legislation that affords much greater flexibility for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina to access their retirement savings. This week we asked readers what they thought of the measure.
September 8, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The pages of this publication frequently chronicle the impending onslaught of change and its implications for plan sponsors, and we also hope we provide readers a forward-thinking perspective on trends and opportunities, as well as threats.
I've always had a certain ambivalence about what are generally termed "Hallmark holidays." You know the ones I'm talking about - the ones that seem crafted for the sole purpose of generating sales for greeting card sellers.
August 25, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - We are just weeks away from "401(k) Day", (September 6 this year) a day set aside to educate employees about the importance of participating in their 401(k) plans and of long-term savings for retirement. This week we asked readers if they had any activities planned, and if so, what they were.
August 4, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Automatic enrollment - or at least talking about automatic enrollment - seems to be all the rage these days. Recent studies seem to make a compelling case for the approach, and it's not like it is a brand new concept.
July 28, 2005 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - House Democrats certainly gave plan sponsors (and service providers) a lot to digest yesterday - employer tax credits (at least for those not currently offering these programs), some encouragement for automatic enrollment, accelerated vesting, incentives to offer financial counseling, tax refund IRAs, and a series of initiatives related to pension plans.