PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 22nd, 2019

Employees need to be educated about their benefits in order to best use them. This is true for health benefits as well as retirement benefits. It’s been found that making the best of benefits is easier when employees have their financial lives in order. The Society of Actuaries says financial wellness programs need to be designed so individuals of different fragility levels can connect to what is useful and important to their situation. More companies are rolling out student loan repayment benefits to address both debt and retirement savings. With our 2019 PLANSPONSOR National Conference coming up, it will be interesting to see what speakers say has changed for financial wellness benefits over the last year. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

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Benefits
Education Can Help Employees Engage in Managing Health Care Costs
HSA Bank recommends employers offer a guide about health plans, their costs and what they cover; a health plan comparison tool; and a tax-advantaged savings account to help employees become better health care consumers. Read more >
Data and Research
Researchers Find Bias When Retirement Funds Listed Alphabetically
Retirement plan participants tend to select funds placed in the first positions on a list, so rather than ordering the investment menu alphabetically, researchers suggest placing lower-cost or lower volatility funds near the top to help participants. Read more >
Data and Research
Reducing Financial Fragility Important to Improving Retirement Savings
The Society of Actuaries says financial wellness programs need to be designed so individuals of different fragility levels can connect to what is useful and important to their situation. Read more >
Benefits
Travelers to Help Employees Save for Retirement While Paying Down Student Debt
Employee student loan repayments will qualify for 401(k) employer match contributions. Read more >
Benefits
PSNC 2018: A Shift in Educating Participants—What Is Financial Wellness?
Is it more than education? Is it a full-blown program or something spontaneous and ad hoc? How frequently is it delivered, and how is it benchmarked? Who delivers it, and when? Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
J.P. Morgan Agrees to Settle Stable Value Funds Suit

The firm has agreed to pay $75 million to settle litigation brought by multiple retirement plan participants alleging J.P. Morgan invested its stable value funds in risky assets.

SECURE Act Passes House, Bringing Calls for Senate Collaboration

Reflecting on the much-anticipated House vote, Kevin Walsh, principal with Groom Law Group, said today is an important day for the retirement industry, but it’s not the end of the story.

Individuals, Employers and Government All Play a Part in Retirement Readiness

A new research report and Catherine Collinson, with Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, lay out steps all three can take to improve retirement confidence and readiness in America.

Participant Loans: A Fiduciary Storm Brewing?
Bruce Ashton, with Drinker Biddle & Reath, discusses the fiduciary risk defined contribution (DC) plan sponsors could face when participants default on plan loans.
What to Know About Financial Audits Filed with Form 5500s
Plan sponsors required to file a financial audit along with their Form 5500 should know how regulators use the information and how to pick the best auditor.

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

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