PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 16th, 2018

To have a successful retirement outcome, employees need more than just a retirement plan—retirement planning tools and financial education are also important benefits to provide. Empower Retirement has announced a new offering with that in mind. Equity stock plans can also provide help with retirement and other financial goals. When planning for retirement, it is important to include long-term care considerations. And, regarding health care benefits, studies reveal employer innovations in health care coverage, that high-deductible health plan (HDHP) use is flattening and adoption of self-insured health plans is increasing among small and mid-sized employers. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

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Products
Fidelity Launches Equity Compensation Planner
The planner is designed to help employees better understand their stock awards and more easily integrate these stock awards into their overall financial plans. Read more >
Data and Research
Long-Term Care Needs Not Included in Future Financial Plans for Many
While 56% of Americans say that saving for long-term care (LTC) is one of their top financial priorities, 73% have not planned for their LTC needs, Northwestern Mutual learned in a survey. Read more >
Benefits
HDHP Use Flattens as New Cost Saving Strategies Increase
Employers are introducing more convenient and high-quality health care options. Read more >
Benefits
Decline in Self-Insured Health Plan Enrollment Masks Growth Among Small Companies
The decrease in self-insured plan enrollment is due to a decrease in self-insurance for large employers. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The Senate Math That Could Block SECURE Act
Senate floor time is at a premium ahead of the 2020 presidential election—so much so that even legislation that passed the House with a near-unanimous bipartisan vote is not guaranteed to become law.
House Committee Advances Bill to Establish Union Pension Lifeline Program

The legislation aims to establish a 30-year loan program and new financial assistance for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans.

Open MEPs Not for Every Plan Sponsor
If legislation passes to allow for open multiple employer plans (MEPs) for plan sponsors without a common nexus, experts believe they will offer benefits to plan sponsors, but there would be some considerations to explore before joining one.
Driving Financial Wellness at Work
Wes Collins, senior manager of participant advice services at CAPTRUST, discusses financial wellness areas of focus, broken out by career stage.
Pension Participants Claim ERISA Breaches in Dow DuPont Pension Transfer

In a new ERISA lawsuit seeking class action status, the plaintiffs claim their pension assets were disloyally and imprudently transferred during a complex series of corporate spinoffs and mergers.

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

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