PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 2nd, 2019

Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR Weekend readers! In this edition, we look at what is holding up the SECURE Act in the Senate and what sources expect from the nomination for Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary if he is confirmed. Another lawsuit was filed, following the trend of excessive fee cases targeting smaller retirement plans, and a church plan sponsor has won victory in a lawsuit challenging its pension plan’s status as such. We also saw a final rule from the DOL regarding association health plans.

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SECURE Act Passage May Hinge on Budget, Debt Ceiling Negotiations
The House is scheduled to leave Washington on Friday and the Senate is expected to start its recess a week later, after which federal budget and debt ceiling negotiations will almost certainly take center stage. Read more >
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The Retirement Industry Needs a Top Cop’s Guidance
All of the President’s cabinet secretaries have substantial authority to promulgate, interpret and enforce regulations. The DOL Secretary, in particular, can have a big influence on employer decisions and behaviors. Read more >
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Retirement Plan Excessive Fee Cases Continue to Move Down-Market
TriHealth Inc. has been accused of carrying high fees in its 401(k) plan, benchmarked against peer plans with an asset range of $250 million to $500 million. Read more >
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Court Decides Medical Center Plan is a Church Plan Under ERISA
Citing the Supreme Court decision regarding church plan cases and using a three-part test, a federal judge found the St. Elizabeth Medical Center Employees’ Pension Plan falls under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) exemption for church plans. Read more >
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DOL Releases Final Rule on ‘Association Retirement Plans’
The rule will permit employers to connect with associations of employers in a city, county, state, or a multi-state metropolitan area, or in a particular industry nationwide, as well as a professional employer association (PEO), to provide retirement plans for their employees. Read more >
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Study Suggests Reasons Most Physical Wellness Programs Don’t Work

For one thing, many wellness program incentives are geared to those who are already healthy.

Employer Health Benefit Costs to Rise 6.5% in 2020

A focus on managing chronic conditions, and education to improve health care utilization can help employers manage cost increases.

Avoid Pitfalls to Properly Replacing DC Plan Investments

An analysis found monitoring DC plan investment menus and making necessary changes results in better performance, and researchers have followed up with four pitfalls to avoid when making investment changes.

Schwab Arbitration Ruling Leaves Unanswered Questions
The effect of the 9th Circuit decision on ERISA lawsuits is uncertain, and arbitration is not the perfect option plan sponsors may think.
Sidecar Savings Accounts Create Current and Future Financial Security
As corporate America considers its practical and moral obligations to employees, a logical place for it to focus is on helping each one become more financially secure—both now and post-employment.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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