Monday, October 27, 2014

IRS Releases Retirement Plan Contribution Limits for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently released the contribution limits on Qualified Retirement Plans for 2015. HANYS Benefit Services created the attached chart that details these contribution limit increases.

If you have any questions about the COLA Limits, or would like to speak with an advisor about reviewing or establishing a plan, please contact us at (800) 388-1963 or via e-mail at hbs@hanys.org.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Survey Reveals High Level of Uncertainty Among Plan Administrators

HANYS Benefit Services’ 2014 Retirement Plan Survey uncovers significant uncertainty among employers about retirement plan administration.

The survey—which sought to identify significant trends in retirement plan services—found: Nearly 80% of respondents said they were unsure if their plan advisor was acting in a fiduciary capacity; 17% percent of respondents were unsure how their advisors were compensated; and one quarter said they were unsure how often their plan went out to bid—with 22% indicating their plan had never been put out to bid.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Automatic Features in Defined Contribution Plans

According to the 2014 Retirement Plan Survey conducted by HANYS Benefit Services, approximately one-half of the responding retirement plan sponsors offer automatic enrollment. Offered in conjunction with automatic escalation, such features can positively impact participant behavior and improve retirement readiness. This article examines some best practices to be considered when implementing automatic features in defined contribution plans that can produce greater results per dollar of employer cost.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

404(c) Compliance Checklist

By complying with ERISA section 404(c), sponsors and other fiduciaries of retirement plans with participant-directed investments may shield themselves from liability for poor investment decisions made by plan participants. If a retirement plan meets the requirements of ERISA section 404(c), no plan fiduciary will be liable for any loss that is the direct and necessary result of a participant’s exercise of control over the investment of his or her plan account.

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