Tag: retirement

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Are You Doing Enough to Find Missing Participants?

In part one of this article we explored the Department of Labor’s (DOL) guidance for locating missing participants in the event of a plan termination. Today we will look at what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable alternatives.

IRS Ruling Permits Rollover from Deceased Participant’s Account to Non-Designated Beneficiary

Plan sponsors regularly handle situations that arise from a deceased participant’s failure to designate a beneficiary for his or her employer-sponsored retirement account. A private letter ruling (PLR) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) earlier this year could provide some insight into the agency’s thinking about allowing surviving spouses to roll over a deceased participant’s […]

Getting More Employees to Sign Up for Your 401(k)

If you offer a 401(k) for employees, you may have noticed that not nearly all employees who qualify for it have signed up for it. This can be perplexing for employers. After all, this is a benefit to help employees, and it typically reduces their tax burden while helping them save. Yet many employees don’t […]

Help Employees Find the Best Strategy for Their HSAs

Financial wellness is becoming an increasingly important component of employee benefits packages and a common topic of conversation for human resources professionals nationwide. And with good reason! Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans report being stressed about finances and that anxiety can negatively affect their overall health. As a result, employers are expanding financial wellness programs […]

Highest Employer-Sponsored Retirement Participant Deferral Rate Reached in 2017

Automated features now standard for most employer-sponsored retirement plans helped bring about a record 8.3-percent average participant deferral rate in 2017—the highest level in a decade, according to a recent T. Rowe Price study. The rise in employee deferral amounts perpetuates a trend started in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

HR Teams Have the Power to Transform America’s Financial Health

The HR industry is on the front lines of America’s fight for financial health; it just doesn’t realize it yet.  Millions of lower- to middle-income Americans—including hourly wage earners and Gig Economy workers, are struggling with income volatility, low savings rates, and high personal debt. HR teams and executives have a unique opportunity to make […]

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DOL Continues Fiduciary Rule Enforcement Relief, But Confusion Remains

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that neither it nor the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would punish prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) violations by investment advice professionals who are fiduciaries working in good faith to comply with impartial conduct standards.

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ARA Seeks Expansion of IRS Self-Correction Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should modify its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to expand its use by retirement plans seeking to self-correct errors, according to the American Retirement Association (ARA). Doing so would reduce the burden of newly increased Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) fees (see, IRS Adjusts Voluntary Correction Program User Fees Starting […]