PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 20th, 2017

Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! This week’s focus is on health care and other benefits. We covered studies that show employees need more education about their health care benefits and about health savings accounts (HSAs). The Social Security Administration recently announced a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for payees. We revisit an interview between PLANSPONSOR and Gary Dorton, vice president of the Principal Financial Group in charge of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation, about key employees’ attitudes toward retirement, and what it takes to create a best-in-class total retirement benefits program. And, Fidelity found employees are using employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) to pay down debt or increase retirement savings. Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend!

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Benefits
Employees Need More Health Benefits Education
The youngest employees especially feel unprepared to decide what plan they should choose, according to a survey from Aflac. Read more >
Benefits
Participant Knowledge of HSAs Reveals Some Gaps
A large number of individuals who consider themselves well-versed on health savings accounts (HSAs) are in for a surprise, as a recent LIMRA report found a disconnect between consumers’ subjective and actual knowledge about the plans. Read more >
Benefits
The Social Security Administration Announces COLA for 2018
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will see a 2% increase next year—the largest increase since 2012. Read more >
Interview
Why Nonqualified Plans Matter More Than Ever
Key employees now think very differently about retirement. Read more >
Investing
ESPPs a Useful Stopgap for 401(k) Loans, Fidelity Says
Workers are using the profits from their employee stock purchase programs wisely, such as paying down debt or reinvesting the money in their retirement plan. Read more >
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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.

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.

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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