Web Eases Pension Plan Administration

May 11, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Web-based pension plan administration systems have reduced the number of pension calls human resources departments get by three-fourths, according to a new report.

According to consultant Watson Wyatt Worldwide, the rising number of defined benefit plan freezes and the large aging population nearing retirement could create an administrative overload for plan administrators.

“As the baby boomers begin to retire, companies are increasingly swamped with requests for pension payout estimates. Such demands will only increase in the coming decades,” said Tony DeNucci, national leader of pension administration systems for Watson Wyatt, in a press release.

DeNucci noted that more and more companies are turning to Web systems as a way to give employees easy access to plan information and prevent administrative costs from becoming too high. He also warned in the news release that pension obligations do not evaporate when plans are frozen.