PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 20th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
One of this week’s top-read stories led PLANADVISER to chat with ERISA attorney David Levine for a deeper dive into auto-IRAs and state-run plans for the private sector. See below for our story about the DOL’s guidance for states; a look at how different demographics prioritize spending and saving; more on the role of health savings accounts; and still more industry reaction (both positive and negative) to the DOL fiduciary proposal.
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Compliance
DOL Proposes Guidance on State-Run Plans for Private Sector
States offering retirement planning solutions to private-sector workers got their first look at a few highly anticipated (and increasingly controversial) pieces of regulatory guidance this week. Read more >
Data and Research
Different Doesn’t Always Mean Bad
High-deductible health plans coupled with a health savings account mean a change in the way employees pay for health care—as well as landmines for employee disappointment. The answer? Honest, open communication, and make sure it is ongoing. Read more >
Data and Research
Gen Xers and Baby Boomers Confront Savings Challenges
For Generation X, the second-biggest obstacle to saving for retirement is saving for their children’s own education. What’s the biggest one? And how are Baby Boomers saving and spending? Read more >
Data and Research
The Millennial’s Dilemma: Dinners Out, or Retirement?
More than other generations, Millennials put a high value on current experience and quality of life—squeezing their retirement savings. Read more >
Compliance
FPC to Congress: Stop Trying to Stop the DOL
The Financial Planning Coalition asked members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to eject legislative proposals designed to stall the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rulemaking. A paper from the Council for Capital Formation expresses an exactly opposite viewpoint. 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.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
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.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

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.

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

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

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