John Ortman

John Ortman

By John Ortman 9/15/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA’s Plan Consultant magazine has a new online home on ASPPA Net: PC Online, which provides selected articles from PC magazine dating back to 2012. READ MORE

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

Nevin Adams

By Nevin Adams9/24/2015 • 0 Comments

When it comes to workplace retirement plans, there are three kinds of people: those who are ERISA fiduciaries and know it, people who aren’t ERISA fiduciaries and know it, and people who are ERISA fiduciaries and don’t know it. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Doing all that the law requires of a plan sponsor and doing everything that could be done are often different things. Here are five things plan sponsors don’t always do — but should. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor (DOL) is moving ahead with its effort to make it easier for states to offer retirement initiatives without running afoul of federal law, sending a proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review Sept. 1. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams9/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Case law has recognized the right of a fiduciary to recover overpayments, but a recent case involving a pension plan’s attempted recovery highlights some of the potential hurdles. READ MORE

Peter Preovolos

Peter Preovolos

By Peter Preovolos9/24/2015 • 0 Comments

In the third of a three-part series by Peter Preovolos on being a 3(16) plan administrator, he discusses whether there is a market for such services. READ MORE

By Peter Preovolos9/18/2015 • 0 Comments

In the second of a three-part series on being a 3(16) plan administrator, Peter Preovolos examines whether becoming one is worth it. READ MORE

By Peter Preovolos9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

What exactly is entailed in being a 3(16) plan administrator, and how would it benefit third party administrator firms? In the first of a three-part series on the subject, Peter Preovolos offers his perspective on the ways to define what a plan fiduciary is.
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Andrew Remo

Andrew Remo

By Andrew Remo9/18/2015 • 0 Comments

The Labor Department hearings may be over, but a House committee plans to hold a hearing of its own on the fiduciary rule reproposal and its impact on younger savers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

We’re months away from December, but it felt like a fiduciary rule Festivus on Capitol Hill Sept. 10 as members of Congress aired their grievances about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed extension authority to regulate assets contained in retirement accounts. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress returns from its summer break next week, and House Republicans are wasting no time reengaging in oversight of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule re-proposal. READ MORE

ASPPA Net Staff

ASPPA Net Staff

By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

ERISA does not preempt the application of all federal laws and regulations to retirement plans — and that includes website privacy standards set by the Federal Trade Commission. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

In the latest issue of Employee Plans News, the IRS provides comprehensive access to information concerning forms, correcting mistakes, plans and more that have been updated since the last issue of the newsletter.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in its Fall 2015 Retirement Recap newsletter features information on what to do about unclaimed pensions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Much has been made of the ills of public and private pension plans — and hospital systems are no healthier, with a recent report showing that the collective obligations of the 50 largest non-profit health systems’ pension funds grew faster than did their assets in 2014. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued a report identifying which kinds of retirement plans have the highest takeup rates — ratios of participants vs. access.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/29/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has released a report projecting that its Multiemployer Program Fund and single employer plans are in better financial shape and will be solvent longer than it had thought. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The assets of the 100 largest U.S. public employee pension systems fell slightly from the first quarter of 2015 to the second, READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Sept. 23 released an updated set of instructions for Form 8950, Application for Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) Under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPRCS). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

In “How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?,” a column that appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Plan Consultant, David J. Witz argues that the statute of limitations under ERISA Section 413 provides a way to establish a documented process that a retirement plan committee can use to defend their decisions and mitigate the risk of litigation over claims for excessive fees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/28/2015 • 0 Comments

In “Are You Looking at Retirement Income Alternatives? The DOL and IRS Are,” a webcast that will be held on Sept. 30, W. Waldan Lloyd will review recent guidance authorizing the use of qualified longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) and their inclusion in target date funds as well as important related issues. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/25/2015 • 0 Comments

In the latest consolidation move among record keepers, Mercer has announced a “strategic alliance” with Transamerica whereby Transamerica will acquire Mercer’s U.S. defined contribution administration book of business, and also become Mercer’s preferred DC record keeping provider.  READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/24/2015 • 0 Comments

As the comment period window closes on the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal, the American Retirement Association has filed a supplemental comment letter with the DOL — and another House subcommittee schedules a hearing on the subject. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/22/2015 • 0 Comments

The period during which the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) will accept public comments on the fiduciary proposal closes on Sept. 24. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Skepticism about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed fiduciary rule is mounting — and not just from President Obama’s opposition. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/22/2015 • 0 Comments

An employer sponsor of a SIMPLE IRA plan must restore to the plan withheld contributions that never made it into the plan’s funds, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut ruled on Sept. 9. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/21/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) has updated the information concerning its project on non-governmental 457(b) plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/21/2015 • 0 Comments

IRA investments were more heavily allocated to stock equities in 2013, says “IRA Asset Allocations 2013, and Longitudinal Results, 2010-2013,” a study recently released by the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/21/2015 • 0 Comments

In “The Myth of Multitasking,” a Sept. 22 webcast complimentary for ASPPA members and non-members, business coach and author Dave Crenshaw and American Retirement Association Communications Chief Nevin Adams discuss how the myth of multitasking applies to tasks and interactions, as well as the risks distractions pose. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/18/2015 • 0 Comments

In “Questions of Qualification,” her regular Ethics column in the Summer 2015 issue of Plan Consultant magazine, Lauren Bloom discusses pension professionals’ qualifications and how they can expand them in order to enhance the service they offer and provide. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/18/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Sept. 17 issued a final rule amending its multiemployer regulations to require electronic filing of certain multiemployer notices starting in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU) has updated the information concerning its project on terminated plans with outstanding participant loans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Sept. 16 issued an updated list of reminders intended to help plans keep their premium filings timely and accurate. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

In a public comment letter, ASPPA has asked the IRS to permit filers to complete the 2015 Form 5500-SUP (and/or the equivalent items appearing on the 2015 Form 5500 series, including the paid preparer disclosure) on a voluntary basis. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/17/2015 • 0 Comments

Much has been made of student loan debt repayment and also of the need to save for retirement — so what’s a millennial — or Gen Y member — to do? READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS issued procedures Sept. 14 for a waiver from the requirement that Forms 8955 and 5500-EZ be filed electronically. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/14/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has issued a final rule that amends its regulation on reportable events and other notification requirements. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/14/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has published a “Q&A on Small Savers,” a new initiative in the communication “war” about its conflict of interest proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/14/2015 • 0 Comments

Today’s ASPPA Connect is the first of the new Monday newsletters specially designed to provide thought leadership, as well as content offering analysis and insight. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

In the Sept. 16 webcast “The Revolving Door: Rehired Employees,” Robert Richter, Vice President of SunGard Relius, discusses what an employer can do about enrolling a rehired employee in its retirement plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

In “QLACs, Practically Speaking,” the cover story of the Summer 2015 issue of Plan Consultant, Paul Kociuruba and John Ashford of Goldleaf Partners provide a discussion of the rules and operation of QLACs, and offer an assessment of their viability in the market. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/10/2015 • 0 Comments

To provide even better and more comprehensive coverage, ASPPA Connect is expanding its schedule and content. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

U.S. Steel recently froze accruals for all active pension plan participants, deepening a freeze that started in 2003.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Recently the Internal Revenue Service’s Employee Plans Compliance unit announced plans to collaborate with the Department of Labor’s Office of the Chief Accountant to contact Form 5500 non-filers identified using payroll and plan data in their records. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The world’s pension assets hit a new milestone in 2014, but grew at half the rate of the previous year. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The DOL announced Sept. 8 that the public comment period will close on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, and that no hand-delivered comments will be accepted after 6:00 p.m. ET on that date. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on Sept. 8 issued final regulations on the determination of minimum required pension contributions. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Sears Holding Corp. have entered into an agreement that protects the latter’s pension plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/8/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA and PenChecks are partnering to offer four scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing ASPPA’s Qualified 401(k) Administrator (QKA) credential, and the Sept. 15 deadline fast approaches. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The stock market downturn in August affected more than stock portfolios — like many a 401(k) balance, it also affected pension plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration granted a prohibited transaction exemption for certain entities with specified relationships to Deutsche Bank AG. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

A report Moody’s released Sept. 1 says that the IRS’ continued use of existing mortality tables could save DB plans $18 billion or more in 2016.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/3/2015 • 0 Comments

An at least tacit understanding of the importance of saving for retirement may be a common language of the current workforce, but the three generations that compose the bulk of it — Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials — each speak their own dialect. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/3/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA is always providing information and insights that will be valuable to its members! Following is a summary of upcoming webcasts and events. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/2/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA Connect will not be appearing on Labor Day; however, following are some facts concerning the establishment of this holiday. ASPPA Connect will resume publication on Thursday, Sept. 10.
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By ASPPA Net Staff9/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Fewer multiemployer pension plans are in bad shape, according to figures just released by the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Unit (EPCU). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff9/1/2015 • 0 Comments

A court challenge to a corporate pension de-risking move has been rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. READ MORE