Viewpoints about ERISA
Year-end checklist: eight tips for financial professionals
The holidays are here and it’s time to prepare for the new year. Here are eight items for retirement plan financial professionals to focus on as you close the book on this year and start writing next year’s story.Read more
Three tips to help avoid becoming an accidental fiduciary
As a third-party administrator (TPA), you may often take initiative to help plan sponsors with various tasks. But could you accidentally cross a line to become a fiduciary by doing these things? We’ll share some tips to help avoid unwanted fiduciary status while still offering excellent service.Read more
Can you pay 401(k) plan expenses from plan assets?
Managing plan fees is more than ensuring that costs are reasonable. You also have to ensure they’re paid by the appropriate party. Learn who can pay the different types of plan expenses.Read more
What's IRS Form 5500?
Defined contribution and defined benefit plan sponsors must file IRS Form 5500 every year. Learn what a Form 5500 is, the key deadlines, and the penalties for noncompliance.Read more
Is fiduciary liability insurance the same as a fidelity bond?
Many plan sponsors think fidelity bonds and fiduciary insurance are one in the same, but they’re not. Our comparison of fidelity bonds versus fiduciary insurance helps you understand the difference and why both are important.Read more
Who’s an ERISA fiduciary?
If your business sponsors an ERISA-qualified retirement plan such as a 401(k), you may be an ERISA fiduciary. And one of your responsibilities is to monitor the fiduciaries you appoint to help you run your plan, you should know who’s an ERISA fiduciary—and what they do.Read more
When are participant change notices required under ERISA 404a-5?
Being a plan sponsor comes with administrative and fiduciary duties. Knowing whether a retirement plan event triggers the need to send a change notice or not is one of those confusing areas that can require guidance. This guide can help you understand your requirements beyond the annual and quarterly notices.Read more
The three layers of retirement plan cybersecurity: a primer for fiduciaries
Learn about the three layers of retirement plan cybersecurity due diligence.Read more
ERISA and the 401(k) plan: a short history
Knowing the history of ERISA and the 401(k) plan can help you understand your ERISA duties—and execute them effectively.Read more
What's a defined contribution plan and how to choose one
Find out which defined contribution plan may be appropriate for your small business.Read more