PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 30th, 2017
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! The big news this week is that our 2017 Recordkeeping Survey is published. We received news from the Department of Labor (DOL) as it just issued a request for information (RFI) about the fiduciary rule. The RFI offers insight into what changes the agency is thinking about. Also, during a hearing before lawmakers, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta gave some insight into agency initiatives. We also learned some things about small defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors: In one study, they offered reasons for not offering a retirement plan, and another study showed those that do are taking plan design lessons from bigger plans. We also gained insight into the Senate version of the health care bill and its potential effect on employers. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!
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Compliance
DOL Issues RFI About Fiduciary Rule
The request for information asks whether provisions of the rule already in place should be delayed further. Read more >
Compliance
Labor Secretary Says SEC Will Work With DOL on Fiduciary Rule
In addition, Acosta said the DOL’s budget proposal funds an effort to improve Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) disclosures to retirement plan participants. Read more >
Data and Research
Smaller Companies Cite Reasons for Not Offering Retirement Plans
Only 53% of small- to mid-sized businesses, those with five to 250 employees, offer a retirement plan, The Pew Charitable Trusts found in a survey. Ninety-three percent believe their employees would prefer a higher salary or other benefits. Read more >
Administration
Small DC Plan Sponsors Taking Lessons From Larger Ones
Vanguard researchers highlight several positive trends, including the growing adoption of automatic enrollment, target-date funds (TDFs), employer contributions, Roth options, and loan flexibility. Read more >
Compliance
Washington University in St. Louis Faces Second 403(b) Lawsuit
The strongly worded complaint says the plan fiduciaries “utterly abdicated their fiduciary duties to act prudently and loyally” by turning the plan over to TIAA and Vanguard Group. Read more >
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Adidas Sued Over Excessive Fees for 401(k) Participants

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that passive funds would have resulted in better returns net of fees that the actively managed funds offered in the plan.

(b)lines Ask the Experts – Proper Delivery Method for SPDs
Experts from Groom Law Group and Cammack Retirement Group answer questions concerning 403(b) plans and regulations.
Yale Sued Over Wellness Program ‘Penalty’

The lawsuit says the so-called “incentive” Yale offers for participating in the wellness program are in fact a “penalty” that violates non-participants’ right, and it notes that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) withdrew the incentive portions of its wellness program rules.

Employees in Two States Miss Out on One HSA Benefit
Is this impacting health savings account (HSA) participation?
Some Help for Women’s Retirement Savings Gap May Be Coming

Some legislative proposals, such as the SECURE Act, may address challenges to retirement income adequacy women face, but there are also things retirement plan sponsors can do.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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