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Employee Benefits Update: August/September 2016

This issue’s topics include: DOL fiduciary rule rocks plan investment advice landscape When the final version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary standards rule for advisors to retirement plans was issued in April, the wait for the long-anticipated regulatory

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Employee Benefits Update: June/July 2016

This issue’s topics include: DOL liberalizes views on economically targeted investments The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has reversed guidance it issued in 2008 with respect to retirement plans’ allocating funds to economically targeted investments (ETIs) that consider environmental, social

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Employee Benefits Update: April/May 2016

This issue’s topics include: Plan fee benchmarking Key fiduciary considerations when reviewing plan fees Are the services a plan receives reasonably priced? Knowing the answer is a vital fiduciary duty. ERISA expects more from plan fiduciaries than simply shopping around

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Employee Benefits Update: February/March 2016

This issue’s topics include: IRS eases pain for correcting certain plan administration errors What are you forgetting? Reviewing commonly overlooked fiduciary duties It may be time to offer annuity options to 401(k) plan participants Shut the door: IRS ends defined

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Employee Benefits Update: Year End 2015

This issue’s topics include: Determination letter limbo: IRS makes changes to determination letter program Tibble case puts focus on fiduciaries’ ongoing duties Give employees more bang for their buck: How to use default deferral rates and auto-escalation clauses Is a customized TDF

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Employee Benefits Update: October/November 2015

This issue’s topics include: Be careful what you toss: Plan record retention requirements Year end notices: Staying on top of the requirements Survey says…Poll highlights what participants think they know When electronic disclosure isn’t enough under ERISA Click Here to Download

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Employee Benefits Update: August/September 2015

This issue’s topics include: 401(k) rollovers: How rollovers to your plan can benefit everyone DOL reproposes ERISA fiduciary investment advice regulations Are you insured? Fiduciary liability insurance can help when problems arise Court finds that plan document trumps beneficiary designation

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Employee Benefits Update: June/July 2015

In this issue we review questions plan sponsors should ask when reviewing data security with service providers. In addition, we briefly highlight changes made by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) affecting defined-benefit pension sponsors in 2015, including changes to

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Employee Benefits Update: April/May 2015

In this issue we highlight the importance of reviewing your plan operations and key fiduciary tasks. We summarize plan loan requirements that all plan fiduciaries should know, and take a look at some common questions regarding plan audits. We also

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Employee Benefits Update: February/March 2015

This issue’s topics include: Navigating ERISA’s comprehensive plan document disclosure rules IRS checklist offers a convenient compliance self-checkup Who are functional fiduciaries? Appeals court holds service provider not a plan fiduciary 2014 vs. 2015 retirement plan limits Click Here to Download

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