PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 25th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the topic of Health Care and Other Benefits that remain top-of-mind for plan sponsor clients. Our adviser readers may focus on 401(k) plans and pensions, but the stories below demonstrate the important intersections of health and wealth.
Health Care and Other Benefits
Couples’ Retirement Health Care Cost Projections Approach $300K
One Fidelity benefits consulting executive describes the inflation in retiree health care expenses as insidious and unrelenting. Read more >
Fiduciary Reforms Will Impact Expanding HSA Market
The DOL fiduciary rule expansion establishes ERISA fair dealing requirements in the sale and service of health savings accounts; employers have a lot of questions about what this means. Read more >
Benefits Programs Integrating Health and Financial Wellness
Providers are redesigning benefits programs to focus on health, financial wellness, job satisfaction and productivity. Read more >
Majority of Small Businesses Do Not Offer Retirement, Health Benefits
Seventeen percent of respondents to a survey by Paychex said they did not see the need to offer retirement benefits to their employees. Read more >
Sponsors Think ‘Rothification’ of 401(k)s Would Deter Participation
This is according to a survey by the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets Inc. of its members. Read more >
Student Loan Assistance Trumps 401ks for Many Employees
However, the CEO of IonTuition says employees need to take a balanced approach to plan for their future and deal with immediate needs at the same time. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Lawsuit Filed in Colorado District Court Shows Great-West Targeted by Fraud

The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges. 

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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