PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 16th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! Big news for 403(b) plans this week was the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS’) release of its 403(b) pre-approved plan list. While the recent Supreme Court ruling clarified the definition of ‘church plan’ under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), it did not resolve the lawsuits filed against hospitals. In health savings account (HSA) news, there may be some improvements hidden in the new health care reform, and plan sponsors are reminded that the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule included HSAs. A new ERISA self-dealing suit has been filed, and witnesses at an EEOC hearing made suggestions about how regulators and employers can reduce age discrimination and help people work longer.
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IRS Issues List of Pre-Approved 403(b) Plan Documents
Plan sponsors that adopt a 403(b) pre-approved plan by the end of the remedial amendment period will be deemed to satisfy the 2007 final regulations.Read more >
Supreme Court Ruling Did Not Resolve Church Plan Challenges
The next stage will be to determine if the hospital boards or plan committees fit within the principal-purpose definition and whether the hospitals are affiliated with a religious organization, says Tess Gee, with Miller & Chevalier.Read more >
Employers Must Assess HSA Fiduciary Exposure
While HSAs aren’t traditionally thought of as a retirement vehicle, the DOL broadened the scope of conflict of interest rules to include these plans due to their long-term savings and investment aspects.Read more >
Capital Group Faces Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Suit
Capital Group is accused of selecting and retaining its own affiliated investments in its 401(k) plan to the benefit of the firm and its subsidiaries.Read more >
EEOC Hearing Witnesses Call for Help With Older Worker Employment
As people are living longer and wanting to work longer, witnesses at an EEOC meeting about the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) made suggestions about how regulators and employers can reduce age discrimination and help people work longer.Read more >
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2020 Recordkeeping Survey
DOL Offers Guidance for Locating Missing Participants

Guidance in three parts offers suggested processes for DC plans and DB plans and reveals errors DOL staff should look for.

Trustee Sued Over Retirement Plan Account Fraud

The lawsuit claims the trustee allowed an unauthorized person to take a distribution from a participant’s account and that the trustee is refusing to provide information to help remedy the situation.

Pandemic Puts More Households at Risk in Retirement

The Center for Retirement Research says half of American households are at risk of not being able to live at pre-retirement standards of living in retirement.

Deciding Whether an Annuity Is Right for Your Plan Participants
Plan sponsors should look at participant needs to determine whether annuities would be a fit for their plan and, if so, which types of annuities meet those needs.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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