Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Q4 Retirement Market Recap - Post-Election Rally

The 2016 U.S. general election was an unusually dramatic event for investors, most of whom were expecting the Democrats to hold the White House. Investors reacted favorably to the election results, with the S&P 500 closing at a new record high on November 22, and continuing to advance through the end of the quarter.

Read the Q4 Retirement Market Recap to learn more about the impact of the 2016 election. Also included is an update on litigation targeting non-profit retirement plans.

If you have any questions, or would like to begin talking to a retirement plan advisor, please get in touch by calling (855) 882-9177 or e-mail us at sbs@hanys.org.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Understanding Your Retirement Plan Fee Methodology

Understanding your retirement plan’s fees is not only a good practice; it’s a fiduciary requirement as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The traditional enforcement mechanism has been DOL plan audits. More recently, high-profile litigation has driven plan sponsors to evaluate their plan fees. These fees can be grouped into several categories: record keeping, administrative, legal, plan advisory, investment, and education and communication. The principal reason fees have been thrust into the limelight is that plan participants often bear most, if not all of the cost of running the plan.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Key Retirement and Employee Benefits Compliance Reminders for January

Due January 17th

  • Transistional Reinsurance Fees due for insurers and plan sponsors of self-insured health plans..

Due January 31st

  • Determination letter submission deadline for individually designed plan documents. This applies to plan sponsors with EINs ending in 1 or 6.
  • Form 1099-R to participants who received a distribution in 2016.
  • W-2 reporting for employer groups with over 250 employees (ACA)
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 sbs@hanys.org.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Popularity of Wellness Programs

The 2016 Employee Benefits survey helped call to attention the increasingly complex circumstances under which employee benefit plans are constructed. The popularity of wellness programs certainly shows a direct correlation between the health and welfare of employees and cost of their care. Most respondents said their organization offers a wellness program (74%), with the most popular methods including:
  • flu shots;
  • smoking cessation; and
  • a health risk assessment.
If wellness helps reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and other serious conditions, then the hope is that it will result in fewer medical claims.

Download our 2016 Employee Benefits Survey Report and the Employee Benefit Survey Webinar Presentation Recording to understand what these results mean to you as an employer, and what challenges and risks you may face when attempting to offer a competitive benefits package under the Affordable Care Act.

If you have any questions, or would like to begin talking to an employee benefits advisor about wellness programs, please get in touch by calling (855) 882-9177 or e-mail us at sbs@hanys.org.