Giving Thanks to Plan Participants, Plan Sponsors and the DOL

Giving Thanks to Plan Participants, Plan Sponsors and the DOL Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Lots of food, football, good cheer and you don’t have to buy presents. It is also a time to reflect and be thankful for the good fortune in our lives, and for those who love us or have helped us … More Giving Thanks to Plan Participants, Plan Sponsors and the DOL

ERISA Update

At a recent Western Pension Benefit Council/ASPPA Conference the new Fiduciary Rule was reviewed. The new Fiduciary Rule (definition) has come under significant criticism by many industry groups and Congress, some of whom brought litigation to redefine and suspend the effect of this regulation. To date, the DOL shows no intent to revise their position … More ERISA Update

“Conflict of Interest” or “Fiduciary” Rule: A Plan Sponsor’s Q&A – Part II

Last month we featured the first part of our Q&A series. Now enjoy the final five questions and wrap-up. After years of proposed regulation issuance, comment periods, drafting and anticipation, the Department of Labor (DOL) finally published final guidance regarding the definition of “fiduciary” on April 8, 2016. It is important for plan sponsors to … More “Conflict of Interest” or “Fiduciary” Rule: A Plan Sponsor’s Q&A – Part II

Allowable Plan Expenses: Can the Plan Pay?

The payment of expenses by an ERISA plan (401(k), defined benefit plan, money purchase plan, etc.) out of plan assets is subject to ERISA’s fiduciary rules. The “exclusive benefit rule” requires a plan’s assets be used exclusively for providing benefits. ERISA also imposes upon fiduciaries the duty to defray reasonable expenses of plan administration. General … More Allowable Plan Expenses: Can the Plan Pay?

“Conflict of Interest” or “Fiduciary” Rule: A Plan Sponsor’s Q&A – Part I

After years of proposed regulation issuance, comment periods, drafting and anticipation, the Department of Labor (DOL) finally published final guidance regarding the definition of “fiduciary” on April 8, 2016. It is important for plan sponsors to understand the reasoning behind, and the scope, of the final rules. The following Q&A is meant to assist you in understanding … More “Conflict of Interest” or “Fiduciary” Rule: A Plan Sponsor’s Q&A – Part I

Investment Policy Statement Review: Beyond the Obvious

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) holds fiduciaries to a standard of prudence when making investment-related decisions for a qualified ERISA plan. The Department of Labor (DOL) and the courts have largely determined that said standard of prudence can best be determined by a fiduciary’s process, or procedures, used in making such … More Investment Policy Statement Review: Beyond the Obvious