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week ending April 24th, 2020
While many of you may be overwhelmingly focused on coronavirus-related workforce and retirement plan issues, it may be difficult to keep up with the “business as usual” tasks. This week in PLANSPONSOR Weekend, we bring you some of our in-depth coverage to guide you in keeping up with your fiduciary duties and other issues. However, you can find all of our coronavirus-related special coverage on our special news page, and we have a listing of providers that are offering plan sponsors and participants help during this unprecedented time. Well wishes to everyone!
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Administration
The Math Behind Plan Fee Evaluations
Determining whether fees are reasonable for participants requires an additional layer of calculation, and some fee elements and allocations make it more complicated than it should be.
Administration
Introducing Generation Z to Retirement
While retirement isn’t achievable for this new clutch of employees for years to come, saving for it is.
Compliance
SECURE Act Eases Paths for DB Plans
A new minimum age for in-service withdrawals and permanent nondiscrimination testing relief ease plan sponsors’ ability to keep older employees and protect their benefits.
Administration
Securing Retirement for Female Workers
Faced with a list of priorities and lack of knowledge, women are often the ones who get off course with retirement security.
Compliance
How Democratic Candidates’ Retirement Proposals Could Affect Employer-Sponsored Plans
A national automatic savings plan would be a strong possibility, multiemployer plan sponsors could end up in a worse crisis and nonqualified plans would face a big disruption.
Special Coverage
Coronavirus News for Plan Sponsors
The latest news about market volatility, benefits and business updates, and legislative and regulatory actions.
Products
Providers Waiving Fees and Expanding Services During Pandemic
Retirement plan and financial wellness providers are offering help to employees and plan sponsors during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Popular Reads
Compliance
Supreme Court Decision in Thole v. U.S. Bank Has Major Implications for Pensions
The ruling effectively establishes that individual pension plan participants cannot sue their employer for a fiduciary breach if their own benefit has not been cut or otherwise altered.
Compliance
Heroes Act Now In the Hands of a Skeptical Senate
The Heroes Act, passed by a narrow majority in the House, includes union pension partition relief and a waiver for the reinvestment of 2019 and 2020 RMDs.
Compliance
Court Finds Plan Sponsor Could Be Found Liable for Retirement Plan Cyberfraud
The plan sponsor had sued plan providers, but the providers in a counterclaim said the plan sponsor was equally liable.
Compliance
Plan Sponsor, Provider Sued for Adding Untested CITs to 401(k)
The 92-page complaint includes a number of other allegations, including that the plan sponsor was motivated by its relationship with the provider for its defined benefit plans.
Data and Research
COVID-19 Has Made the Retirement System Weaker
A working paper discusses how the pandemic has affected retirement plans and what needs to be done for the retirement system to emerge stronger.
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