PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 28th, 2019
It’s true that when participants fully understand their retirement plans and options such as rollovers it can help them be more prepared for retirement. However, the communication that has garnered much attention recently is about financial wellness. Our columnist Michael Barry, president of October Three (O3) Plan Advisory Services LLC, predicts the future of the retirement plan industry will be about financial wellness. Fact is, employees will have a hard time saving for retirement if they don’t have their financial house in order. But, despite employers’ efforts, a study finds employee perceptions of financial wellness have not improved. Financial wellness programs need to be more personalized, and employee engagement with these programs needs to improve. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Industry Voices
Barry’s Pickings: The Future Will Be About Financial Wellness
There is more to life than saving for retirement, says Michael Barry, president of October Three (O3) Plan Advisory Services LLC, and he foresees a new model where financial wellness is implemented across a rich employee dataset exploiting the efficiency of artificial intelligence.Read more >
Benefits
Employee Perceptions of Financial Wellbeing Haven’t Improved
Despite that, employees value financial wellness programs and Alight Solutions makes suggestions for improving them.Read more >
Benefits
Financial Wellness Programs Need to Become Personalized
Financial stress is on the rise in all generations, indicating that financial wellness programs are missing the mark, according to PwC. A new survey report from the firm suggests many employers have simply relabeled existing resources as “financial wellness programs.”Read more >
Administration
PSNC 2019: Engaging Employees With Benefits Programs
Plan sponsors are meeting participants ‘where they are’ to promote financial wellness.Read more >
Data and Research
Financial Wellness Programs Can Benefit Employers in Several Ways
Companies stand to benefit in numerous ways by offering a financial wellness program, according to a new study released by Morgan Stanley and conducted by the Financial Health Network. Financial wellness programs reduce employee stress, improve retention and engagement and help a company stand out in the marketplace.Read more >
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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.

IRS Proposes Update to Mortality Tables Used to Calculate RMDs

The life expectancy tables and applicable distribution period tables in the proposed regulations reflect longer life expectancies than the tables in the existing regulations.

Maximum Benefit and Contribution Limits Table 2020

Maximum Benefit/Contribution Limits for 2015 through 2020, with a downloadable PDF of limits from 2010 to 2020.

Employees Are Making Each Other Sick

Having too much work to do and feeling pressure from employers are some reasons employees report coming into work while under the weather.

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.

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

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