401(k) Plan Fees: Various Types and Who Pays

Are you considered a Fiduciary for your Company’s 401(k) plan?  Are you a participant in your Company’s 401(k) plan and looking to get answers on what the different fees are that you are paying to be a participant?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, read on for explanations on a variety of …

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Are Your Fund Offerings Affecting Participation in Your Retirement Plan?

The answer is…possibly. After reading the title of this blog, you may have initially thought that eligible employees may be put off by an inadequate number of fund offerings; however, if there are too many fund offerings, some employees may become confused and, as a result, not enroll in the plan. A recent joint study …

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401(k) Employer Matching

Does your 401(K) Plan offer an Employer matching contribution to employees?  Are you a Plan administrator?  How comfortable are you with the Employer match made each year or each pay period?  Theoretically, there should be no mistakes in the Employer match because you use a third party payroll provider who has a systematic process for …

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Remitting Contributions Timely

The Department of Labor regulations states that employee contributions should be remitted to the plan as of the earliest date on which such contributions can reasonably be segregated from the employer’s general assets, but no later than the 15th business day after the end of the month from the date on which such amounts are …

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Internal Control Processes Over Participant Contributions

Are you doing all that you can to ensure that your participant’s accounts are correct?  When was the last time you evaluated your internal controls over participant accounts?  There are a few important steps you can do to beef up your internal control processes in order to increase the probability that your participant’s accounts are …

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Census Basics and Ensuring Census Accuracy

The census is prepared by the plan sponsor on an annual basis and includes the social security number, name, date of birth, date of hire, number of hours worked during the year, date of termination (if applicable), yearly compensation (which needs to meet the definition of compensation in the plan document), employee contribution for the …

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Participant Education

Benefit plan sponsors have an obligation to educate their participants about the plan and how the plan fits into their investment needs for their retirement.  You should educate your employees about how your plan works – things like when are they eligible, how they can make changes to their investment plan or their withholdings, etc, …

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Filing status of returns/reports submitted through the EFAST2 system

As we approach the upcoming heavy filing season for Form 5500 (or Form 5500-SF), and the second year under the requirement to file these returns using the electronic EFAST2 system, it is important to understand the various filing statuses to monitor the status of your submission. Users of the EFAST2 system can expect to encounter …

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Is Your 401(k) Plan Operating According to Your Plan Document?

When was your 401(k) plan last amended or restated? Were there any processes that needed to be implemented or changed as a result? Have these processes been communicated to the employees involved with servicing your plan? Most plans rely heavily on their third-party administrators to ensure their plans are in compliance with ERISA and their …

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401(k) Abuses

As a fiduciary to a 401(k) plan or even as a participant in your company’s 401(k) plan, there are some warning signs you can watch for when it comes to how the Company is handling their 401(k) fiduciary responsibilities including contributions.  The Department of Labor has seen many instances of fraud within 401(k) plans including …

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