PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 31st, 2019

The administration of retirement plans involves more than just plan design operation, although that is very important to the retirement outcome of participants. Selecting investments for the retirement plan menu can also help with participant outcomes. Among a plan sponsor’s responsibilities, encouraging and enforcing cybersecurity are not the first tasks that come to mind. But, as modern technology takes over the common workplace, the concept of cybersecurity for retirement plans has started to see attention. And, knowing all the rules in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) includes knowing the rules about record retention. This edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend focuses on helping plan sponsors with plan administration.

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Administration
How and Why to Simplify DC Plan Investment Menus
Simplifying a defined contribution (DC) plan’s investment menu could encourage more employees to participate in the plan, sources say. Read more >
Data and Research
Plan Design Progression Leading to Higher Retirement Savings
Participation rates were nearly 96% higher for plans—a difference of 40 percentage points—with auto enrollment; the usage of auto escalation was nearly five times higher in plans that employ opt-out options rather than opt-in, and employer match rates increased in 2018, T. Rowe Price found. Read more >
Administration
Driving Cybersecurity with Participants and Providers
Plan sponsors should evaluate providers’ cybersecurity practices, but there are also steps they and plan participants can take to safeguard retirement accounts. Read more >
Administration
AICPA Reminds Plan Sponsors of Record Retention Rules
A plan advisory explains ERISA rules for record retention and offers best practices for that and protecting personal information. Read more >
Administration
Considering Balance Sheet Issues for Pension Risk Transfers
A pension risk transfer (PRT) to terminate a defined benefit (DB) plan reflects heavily on a plan sponsor’s balance sheet, which may stop in its tracks a decision to do so. 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.

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