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Information & Insights for the 403(b) Community
Increasing DC Plan Default Deferral Rates a Better Driver of Higher Savings
Increasing DC Plan Default Deferral Rates a Better Driver of Higher Savings
New research evaluates whether a higher default savings rate or a higher match has a greater impact on retirement savings outcomes.  
Equity in Employee Benefits
Suggestions for making health and financial benefits and benefits communications equitable and inclusive.
Ask the Experts
Additional Deferral Opportunities When 403(b) Isn’t Allowed
“We are a county hospital that is NOT dual status (i.e., we are NOT a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) and thus cannot sponsor a 403(b) plan. We sponsor a 401(a) and a 457(b) plan, but our 401(a) does not allow pre-tax deferrals. Some of our physicians have come to us seeking additional deferral opportunities, since they can only defer to the 457(b) plan. Is there anything that our physicians (or any other employee) might be able to do to save more for retirement?”
2022 Plan Sponsor of the Year Award Nominations Are Open
Award recipients across all categories will be honored at the PLANSPONSOR Awards for Excellence celebration at the PLANSPONSOR National Conference on June 8, 2022.
DC Plan Design Can Be Creatively Used to Get Participants Back on Track
Dr. Shlomo Benartzi says the pandemic is a perfect time to use plan design features that tap into behavioral science.
DOL Publishes Informational Copies of 2021 Form 5500
Among other notable changes, the Form 5500 instructions have been amended to make clear that a pooled employer plan is a multiple employer plan that files a single Form 5500 Annual Return/Report.
Student Loan Repayment Freeze Extended Until May
The Department of Education says the extension will allow the Biden administration time to assess the impacts of the Omicron coronavirus variant on student borrowers and provide borrowers with additional time to plan for the resumption of payments.
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