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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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Seven Prominent Universities Sued Over 403(b) Plan Fees

The 403(b) community has become the target of retirement plan fee litigation. Lawsuits have been filed against Duke, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, UPenn, Vanderbilt, and Yale on behalf of plan participants. The complaints allege that the plan sponsors failed to monitor excessive

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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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