PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 6th, 2016
Good retirement plan sponsors are always looking for ways to improve their plans and participant outcomes. That’s one reason financial wellness is such a hot topic. One of our most popular stories this week discusses how to develop a financial wellness program, and in another article, the levels of guidance and advice plan sponsors can offer to employees are described. The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has released a financial wellness video series plan sponsors can lead participants to. Of course, plan design can improve participant outcomes and Principal offers some best practices for 403(b) plans. In addition, simulations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) show how plan design decisions can improve retirement income. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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Best Practices for 403(b) Plans
403(b)s are still catching up with plan design and fiduciary best practices.Read more >
Data and Research
Employer, Employee Decisions Can Change Retirement Savings Picture
The GAO found many individual and employer decisions can substantially raise projected DC plan savings at retirement, especially for low-earning households.Read more >
The Employer’s Role in Retirement Advice
Retirement plan sponsors have a role to lead and inspire employees and provide good resources.Read more >
EBSA Offers New Financial Wellness Video Series
The Employee Benefits Security Administration has posted a series of videos covering topics including budgeting and establishing retirement savings rates.Read more >
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2021 Target-Date Fund Survey
The DOL Has Begun Retirement Plan Cybersecurity Audits

Attorneys say the requests plan fiduciaries have received ask for a broad amount of information and documentation, and they urge fiduciaries to act on the DOL’s recent guidance.

2020 Recordkeeping Survey
Differences Between Safe Harbor and Traditional DC Plans

The primary distinction is that sponsors can design safe harbor plans to avoid having to perform nondiscrimination and top-heavy testing.

Rush of Litigation Against Retirement Plans Expected to Continue
One insurer says the more than $1 billion in settlements thus far could make fiduciary insurance a thing of the past.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer


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