The spotlight that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has shined on fiduciary duties for retirement plans has heightened awareness among plan sponsors and their third-party administrators (TPAs). But the proposed rule hasn’t necessarily made some plan sponsors more willing to accept the responsibility of the role.
DB plan sponsors should be aware that while the 2017 calendar year is behind us, they can still generally contribute for the 2017 plan year until September 15, 2108, assuming they operate on a calendar-year plan year.
On October 3, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2017-60, finally acknowledging that new mortality assumptions would be required for 2018 in the determination of minimum contributions and, by association, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums. (See New IRS Mortality Tables for 2018 Bring Host of Concerns for DB Plan Sponsors.)
The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) in late 2017 launched another way for terminated defined contribution (DC) retirement plans to locate missing participants and make it more likely that they receive their benefits.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) will pay retirement benefits for nearly 8,000 current and future retirees who participated in the Avaya, Inc. Pension Plan for Salaried Employees, according to a PBGC press release.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report, released on November 16, shows that the deficit in its insurance program for multiemployer plans rose to $65.1 billion at the end of FY 2017, up from $58.8 billion a year earlier.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and Sears Holdings Corporation have reached a new agreement that will provide, upon closing, approximately $500 million in funding for Sears’ two pension plans, including contributions already made by Sears since August 2017. The pension plans cover about 100,000 participants. Closing on the agreement should occur in about 3 […]
Multiemployer retirement plans’ funding in the first half of 2017 neared its best position since the market collapse of 2008, according to a new study by the actuarial consulting firm Milliman. But despite an average funded percentage of 81%, these plans still face significant pressures, with many on track to require assistance in the future […]
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on October 16 announced a pilot program to offer mediation in some Termination Liability Collection and Early Warning Program (EWP) cases. PBGC’s Pilot Mediation Project will allow parties to resolve cases with the assistance of an independent dispute resolution professional.
The new mortality tables required for use by final regulations released on October 5 by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were expected, but bring into sharper focus a host of concerns for the single-employer defined benefit (DB) retirement plans that must eventually incorporate them.