Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Premiums (PBGC) are a growing cost for defined benefit (DB) plans. Sources from October Three say most DB plan sponsors are overpaying premiums and they offer a solution for plan sponsors and options especially for those in the health care industry. In Part II of a series, Michael Kreps and Mark Carolan of Groom Law Group discuss funding waivers and in-kind contributions as options for unaffordable pensions. Vanguard advocates for a global bond strategy to improve DB plan returns. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
It is not uncommon for employers to face cash flow challenges that make it difficult, if not impossible, to fund their defined benefit (DB) plan in a timely way. In this second part of a series on unaffordable pensions, attorneys with Groom Law Group provide an overview of two options—funding waivers and in-kind contributions—that can alleviate the immediate need to use operating cash to make minimum required contributions.
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The 6th Circuit noted that Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch, in which an arbitrary-and-capricious standard of review is required by the court if the plan “gives the administrator or fiduciary discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits or to construe the terms of the plan,” should have been used by the district court.
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The plaintiffs say the plan’s terms reduce benefits using “Early Retirement Factors” and “Joint and Survivor Annuity Factors” which result in plan participants receiving less than the actuarial equivalent of their vested accrued benefit, as required by ERISA.
Employers are encouraging the use of biosimilars instead of specialty pharmacy products, creating an environment that makes it clear and easy for employees to opt for high-value services, and engaging effective programs to help manage anxiety and stress.
The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses was created to help small businesses identify a retirement savings option that may be a fit for their business by answering a few quick and easy questions.