PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 22nd, 2018
Defined benefit (DB) plans have not disappeared. Many plan sponsors are struggling to keep their DB plans alive and well-funded, despite moves by regulators and legislators that bump up costs. Other DB plan sponsors are facing difficult decisions about what to do with their plans—keep them, freeze them, close them or transfer the risk to an insurer. And, as many multiemployer plans are facing dire situations, a new Congressional committee is seeking answers to solve the dilemma. PLANSPONSOR is keeping tabs on trends and tips for DB plan sponsors.
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Administration
PSNC 2018: Rules, Regulations and Other Factors Affecting DB Funding Strategies
A partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker discusses why defined benefit plan sponsors should consider accelerating their funding—and how to do so.Read more >
Administration
PSNC 2018: Pension Risk Transfer Options
DB plan sponsors want to keep control of their plans as they de-risk.Read more >
Compliance
PBGC Report Shows Dire Status for Multiemployer Plan Insurance Program
The likelihood the program will remain solvent after FY 2026 is now less than 1%.Read more >
Compliance
Long-Term Loans Seen As Solution for Multiemployer Pension Crisis
Senator Sherrod Brown calls it imperative “to find a bipartisan solution to the crisis threatening 1.3 million Americans.”Read more >
Compliance
Appellate Court Rejects Bank of America Participants’ Claim for More Relief
Noting that the bank already made restitution to the participants under an IRS closing agreement, the 4th Circuit agreed with a lower court that the bank did not profit from its transfer of 401(k) assets to create a cash balance plan.Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Reasons Exist to Turn a Cold Shoulder to Company Stock in DC Plans
However, if plan sponsors choose to offer company stock, there are efforts they can take to mitigate a litigation or participant outcomes meltdown.
Extending Financial Wellness Into Retirement

How can employers ensure financial wellness programs create habits that carry into retirement and address employee concerns about the future?

Supreme Court Sides With Plaintiffs in Intel ERISA Challenge Testing 'Actual Knowledge'

Expert attorneys say the ruling is significant for a variety of reasons—not least because it expands the potential liability plan sponsors face in fiduciary breach lawsuits.

Uncertainty Remains After Supreme Court’s Intel Ruling

Sources debate whether electronic delivery of retirement plan disclosures could blunt some of the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Intel vs. Sulyma.

IRS Announces 2020 Contribution and Benefit Limits

The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans is increased from $19,000 to $19,500.

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

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