Articles Tagged - EmployeeBenefitPlan

Update to Fiduciary Rule Improves Retirement Advice

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Wiss Associate You may assume that when a broker, advisor, insurance agent, or consultant makes recommendations about your retirement account, the advice is in your best interest. But that hasn’t always been the case. While the majority of advisers act in the best interest of their clients, not all have been legally required to do so, and some have been swayed by hidden fees or commissions to recommend investments that weren’t necessarily the best choice for their clients’ individual... read more.

Borrowing from Your 401(k): What to Know Before Making the Decision

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Cindy Sandomenico Borrowing money from your 401(k) account can be tempting. You know the money is there, and it’s yours, so why not use it? Before you pull the trigger, however, consider the limitations and consequences. Here are some important points to keep in mind. Know the rules Generally, you can borrow from a 401(k) for any reason, such as paying educational expenses or buying a home for the first time -- although employers are not required to offer a loan option within the 401(k) plan.... read more.

How to Minimize Your Fiduciary Liability

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson Those with discretionary authority or administrative control over their organization’s retirement and 401(k) plan face significant risks. If fiduciaries make decisions that negatively affect plan participants or beneficiaries, they can be held personally liable for breaching their fiduciary duties, even if the action was unintentional. Although fiduciaries cannot entirely eliminate the risks associated with their role, there are several things they can do to protect themselves and... read more.

What the DOL Looks for During an Audit

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson  You’ve just learned that the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has selected your company’s retirement plan for an investigation. Are you and your plan prepared for an audit? The DOL typically doesn’t provide much notice before beginning an audit, which can last several days, weeks or longer. However, in advance of starting, you will receive an investigation notice that includes a list of documents its people will want to review w... read more.

How to Reduce Risk Using Fidelity Bonds and Fiduciary Liability Coverage

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson  Managing an organization’s employee benefit and retirement plan comes with risks, and potential missteps can affect both the plan administrator and participants. To protect you from those risks, insurance companies offer fiduciary bond — often called fidelity bond — and fiduciary liability coverage. And while the two terms sound similar, there are distinct differences.  Assets and administrators at risk The plan administrator can act, or fail to act, in ways... read more.

What’s your Responsibility to Find Missing 401(k) Plan Participants?

By Wiss, Posted in Employee Benefit Plan Audits

By Craig Erickson  As the fiduciary of a 401(k) plan, you are responsible for retirement plan participants, even if they’ve left your company with no forwarding addresses or you have contact information that’s no longer valid.   If employees work at your company long enough to take part in your 401(k) plan, and then disappear, moving from state to state, taking a series of jobs,  how responsible are you for tracking them down?  When a participant cannot be located via rout... read more.