PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 6th, 2017
Happy New Year, PLANSPONSOR readers! We find the new year can be a time of reflection, and we question how the industry trends in 2016 will inform 2017. Will holistic wellness solutions evolve this year? And, contributor Michael Barry provides a list of items he thinks the new Department of Labor (DOL) should undo and do. There is no sign of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation easing up, but at least one employer and plan provider has already obtained victory in a suit filed last year. In an important letter, the DOL expressed its opinion that prudent default investments in defined contribution (DC) plans can include elements of lifetime income. All this and more in this week’s PLANSPONSORWeekend! Enjoy!
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The Evolution of Employee Wellness Programs
More employers are devising holistic wellness programs that address physical, mental and financial health; and technology could be the main driver in boosting participation.Read more >
Multiple Recordkeepers at Heart of Excessive Fee Suit
The complaint says having different recordkeepers for a traditional DC plan and a 403(b) plan caused participants to pay too much for services.Read more >
Claims in Excessive Fee Suit Against Prudential Tossed
A court found Prudential was not acting as a fiduciary and an employer’s 401(k) plan menu and use of an investment selection tool were appropriate.Read more >
Court Denies Injunction of EEOC Wellness Program Rules
A federal judge found AARP did not prove irreparable harm to its members and is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its case.Read more >
DOL Says Lifetime Income Elements Can Be Included in Prudent Default
In response to a question about TIAA’s Income for Life Custom Portfolios, the Department of Labor noted that in the preamble to its QDIA regulations it said other investments could be prudent defaults for DC plans.Read more >
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2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year
PLANSPONSOR is pleased to announce the 2021 Plan Sponsor of the Year finalists.
How to Effectively Measure Retirement Plan Success
It’s important for plan sponsors to define plan goals and what they are going to measure, and the defined metrics should be things they can influence.
2020 Recordkeeping Survey
CARES Act Considerations: CRDs, RMDs, Taxes and More

Between retirement reforms first created by the SECURE Act and then updated by the CARES Act, there is a lot of confusion about required minimum distribution deadlines and the tax treatment of coronavirus-related hardship withdrawals.

A Checklist for Retirement Plan Committees
Experts discuss what main facets of a retirement plan that a committee should cover in its quarterly meetings.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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