PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 29th, 2019

Retirement plan administration covers a host of duties, many of which are fiduciary duties, and doing what’s best for participants and helping them achieve their best outcomes for retirement is the main focus. Every year, plan sponsors work to improve plan design, and some ways to do this involve considering behavioral science. Plan sponsors also have to “save participants from themselves”—for example, by discouraging loans or getting them to become more engaged with their retirement plans. New trends are always emerging, and we hope that the articles in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend helps plan sponsors stay on top of them.

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Administration
Progressive Sponsors Will Push Custom Designs, Fee Transparency in 2019
Year-end conversations with recordkeepers suggest plan sponsors are highly focused on improving fee transparency, exploring custom default solutions and strengthening fiduciary processes. Read more >
Administration
IFEBP Offers Tips for Using Behavioral Finance to Boost Retirement Savings Actions
Stressing what can be lost or gained, peer reviews and comparisons and certain plan design features are among the suggestions offered by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in a white paper. Read more >
Administration
Updating Loan Policies to Discourage Participants from Taking Plan Loans
Changes to maximum loan amounts and number of loans, as well as the imposition of fees and higher interest rates on loans can be written into loan policy statements in an effort to discourage this type of plan leakage. Read more >
Administration
How to Mitigate Participants’ Savings Biases
Experts discuss how plan sponsors can get participants out of retirement savings “ruts” and get them to engage more with their retirement plans. Read more >
Administration
Attention to Retirement Plan Digital Communications Increasingly Important
As the use of digital and mobile technologies for employer-sponsored retirement plans continues to increase, a paper promoted by the Voya Behavioral Finance Institute for Innovation proposes that plan sponsors and advisers have a responsibility to consider websites and mobile applications that encourage better retirement decision-making. 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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