PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 7th, 2018

Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week, we’re highlighting plan design and administration. The IRS has recently issued Notice 2018-91, including the Required Amendments (RA) list for 2018, for individually designed plans looking to uphold qualified plan status. The notice requires these plan sponsors to adopt any new item placed on the list by the end of the second calendar year in 2019. Next, we dive into how employers of small defined contribution (DC) plans can add similar plan design strategies compared to larger companies, and Willis Towers Watson outlines 10 action items catered to defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors for the new year. Additionally, Jana Steele of Callan makes an argument on why auto-portability is the new modern plan design, and we take a look at how certain plan design options can negatively impact participant outcomes. Have a great weekend! 

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No Entries in 2018 Required Amendments List
In general, the Required Amendments List includes statutory and administrative changes in qualification requirements for individually designed retirement plans that are first effective during the plan year in which the list is published. Read more >
Small Plans Can See Big Results
Sponsors of small DC plans are adopting creative strategies similar to larger plans Read more >
2019 Planning for DB Plan Sponsors
Willis Towers Watson offers 10 investment actions for DB plans in 2019. Read more >
Stakeholders Say Auto-Portability Complements Modern Plan Design
Jana Steele, senior vice president and researcher for Callan, says auto-portability is the next natural extension of highly successful plan design innovations from the past decade. Read more >
Some Plan Design Choices Could Undermine Participant Outcomes
Setting defaults too low, choosing the wrong default investment and offering company stock as an investment option could result in unintended consequences, BlackRock found. Read more >
AT&T Sued Over Calculation of Early Retirement Benefits

The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.

Congressional Leaders Want SECURE Act Passage in 2019

Based on the conversations industry advocates are having in Washington, none of the leadership in the Senate or the House opposes passage of the SECURE Act.

New Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Cybersecurity for Retirement Plans

A former 401(k) plan participant is suing the plan sponsor and plan providers after unauthorized distributions were made from her account.

IRS Releases 2019-2020 Priority Guidance Plan

The IRS invites public comments and suggestions about guidance.

DC Plans 3.0 Will Really be Tailored to Individual Situations

Bob Collie, head of research at the Thinking Ahead Institute, tells PLANSPONSOR version 3.0 will be customized by “hyper-customization and integrated whole-of-life wealth management” that takes into account all of a person’s savings.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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