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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Benefits
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 >
Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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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J.P. Morgan Agrees to Settle Stable Value Funds Suit

The firm has agreed to pay $75 million to settle litigation brought by multiple retirement plan participants alleging J.P. Morgan invested its stable value funds in risky assets.

SECURE Act Passes House, Bringing Calls for Senate Collaboration

Reflecting on the much-anticipated House vote, Kevin Walsh, principal with Groom Law Group, said today is an important day for the retirement industry, but it’s not the end of the story.

Individuals, Employers and Government All Play a Part in Retirement Readiness

A new research report and Catherine Collinson, with Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, lay out steps all three can take to improve retirement confidence and readiness in America.

Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
Bruce Ashton, with Drinker Biddle & Reath, discusses the fiduciary risk defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors could face when participants default on plan loans.
What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Plan sponsors required to file a financial audit along with their Form 5500 should know how regulators use the information and how to pick the best auditor.

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

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