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The so-called Butch Lewis Act to address funding problems facing multiemployer pension plans continues to work its way through the legislative labyrinth, with a second House committee approving the legislation in recent weeks.    In what at times was a hotly debated markup session, on July 10 the... READ MORE
One strategy that’s often recommended to increase plan contributions in plans without automatic enrollment is to “stretch the match,” but a recent study suggests that may not achieve the desired results. When plan sponsors stretch the match, they apply an existing dollar match to a higher... READ MORE
Having been named in at least three separate suits regarding its FundsNetwork platform structure, Fidelity has filed a response. The suits have been brought by participants in various 401(k) plans served by Fidelity (including the Publicis Benefits Connection 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, the... READ MORE
The Auditing Standards Board (ASB) of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has issued two new statements on auditing standards: one concerning auditor reporting on financial statements by plans covered by ERISA, and the other concerning transparency in annual reports. Statement on Auditing... READ MORE
Paying their children’s expenses while caring for their parents, Gen X families are facing a precarious financial situation as they close in on retirement, a new report explains.   The study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), which examines key financial indicators of Gen X... READ MORE
Pension plans managed by religious organizations in Rhode Island now must provide regular updates to participants on the financial health of the plans. Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed a measure on July 2 setting that requirement into law. House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick)... READ MORE
We've just commemorated Independence Day – but with all of freedom’s lessons, there are certain things that plan committees (still) have in common with the Second Continental Congress. Certainly anyone who has ever found their grand idea shackled to the deliberations of a committee, or who has had... READ MORE
Retirement? Never mind, say some. A recent study and blog entry point out that there are individuals — and professionals too, for that matter — who are throwing up their hands and arguing that one should stay nose to the grindstone. According to AP-NORC, 45% of the adult Americans they polled in... READ MORE
A savings incentive match plan for employees of small employers (SIMPLE) IRA is intended to be a simplified way for employers and employees to contribute to retirement savings. But are they really simple? A recent analysis questions whether they really are as uncomplicated as they are purported to... READ MORE
Financial wellness programs are more effective if they are accompanied by programs that address physical wellness as well as programs that educate participants and motivate them to take action, say recent studies. Wedding of Financial and Physical Wellness In what the firm suggests adds to the... READ MORE

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