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Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Avoiding Litigation and Fiduciary Pitfalls"

Fiduciaries of defined contribution retirement plans are under closer scrutiny than ever before.  Plan participants are filing lawsuits,  and a number of organizations, have recently appeared in the headlines as defendants in class action lawsuits relative to their retirement plans. Lawyers on behalf of retirement plan participants are now setting their sights on non-profit institutions. This is a wake-up call to all non-profit organizations to make sure their retirement plan fiduciary oversight is robust and compliant.

Join us on May 3rd at the 30th Annual FMA Conference where Retirement Advisory experts John Jezsu and Peter Margiotta will present "Avoiding Litigation and Fiduciary Pitfalls." The presentation includes an overview of ERISA and DOL requirements for plan fiduciaries, retirement plan litigation, the risk to the healthcare and not-for-profit industries, preventative measures to avoid litigation, and what the future may hold.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming Webinar:

Pension Risk Transfer: Why Now?

Healthcare finance executives are faced with many challenges. One such challenge is managing the inherent liability and cost associated with their Defined Benefit Pension Plan. This webinar will focus on pension risk transfer (PRT) strategies and why now may be the right time to implement them.

Join this special webcast to learn:
  • pension de-risking concerns and solutions; 
  • what PRT steps are available now to plan sponsors; and 
  • why plan sponsors should consider acting now to take advantage of these strategies. 


Peter Margiotta
Vice President, Business Development
HANYS Benefit Services

Michael E. Devlin 
BCG Pension Risk Consultants

Friday, March 31, 2017

Key Retirement and Employee Benefits Compliance Reminders for April

Due April 1st

  • Required minimum distributions (RMD) for first time qualifying participants, including 5% owners.

Due April 17th 

  • Deadline for corrective distributions for 402(g) excess contributions.
Download the full 2017 Retirement and Employee Benefits Compliance Calendar.

If you have any questions or would like to begin talking to an advisor, please get in touch by calling (855) 882-9177 or e-mail us at

Monday, March 20, 2017

Is It Time to Refresh Your Voluntary Benefits?

by Wesley Price

Voluntary benefits have been around for several decades. These are coverages and products made available to employees for elective purchase at the employee’s expense. Over the years, as the cost of health insurance has continued to increase, employers have shifted the portfolio of offerings from employer-paid to voluntary. As a result voluntary benefits has evolved from being limited to main core benefits like dental, vision, and life insurance to including accident insurance, disability and critical illness. Additionally, new benefits are emerging based on growing demand, such as pet insurance, fraud protection and legal services.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8 Questions Plan Sponsors Should Ask about 457(b) and 457(f) Plans


457(f) and 457(b) plans are non-qualified deferred compensation plans for eligible highly-compensated employees. A non-qualified plan is a type of tax-deferred, employer-sponsored retirement plan that is not subject to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) guidelines. Non-governmental 457 plans are not required to file Form 5500 since they are not subject to ERISA, but they are required within 120 days of the plan’s existence to file a one-time notification (“top hat letter”) with the Department of Labor. These plans are exempt from the non-discrimination testing that is required for qualified plans.

In 1986, Section 457 was added to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to specifically address the unique needs of the not-for-profit sector. The rules address governmental plans sponsored by state or local governments and non-governmental plans sponsored by tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c). This frequently-asked question (FAQ) document will specifically address questions regarding non-governmental 457(b) and 457(f) plans.