The importance of reviewing all beneficiary designations is best told by actual stories of beneficiary designations gone bad. We asked those who handle corporate retirement plans, and particularly the processing of beneficiary claims, about beneficiary designations gone bad. Here's what they shared about bad situations left behind for unsuspecting heirs to navigate.
A "Named Fiduciary" can delegate nearly all plan management responsibilities to “co-fiduciaries”; however, they must retain the responsibility to regularly monitor the prudent management of these co-fiduciaries. Having a Committee Charter is very beneficial when delegating any fiduciary responsibilities to co-fiduciaries. Learn more.
Just how important is a 401(k) match to your employees? It appears to be top of mind, according to Principal’s 2021 Retirement Security Survey. The study’s results show that the match matters most. Learn more.
The question before the court in Hughes v. Northwestern University was the plausibility of a breach of fiduciary duty claim stated by current and former participants in two university retirement plans. SCOTUS ruled that the petitioners in the case, originally dismissed by a district court and upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, did in fact plausibly state their claim. Essentially, the court asserted that the provision of sufficient investment choices to participants does not automatically exculpate fiduciaries from imprudent actions.
This article highlights a case whereby the plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of the fiduciary duties of prudence and failure to monitor fiduciaries. The lawsuit also targets members of the board of directors, as well as other officers of the firm who serve on the retirement plan’s fiduciary investment committee. Learn about the simple way of to offset such liability.
This article speaks of IRS/DOL Audits and provides a laundry list of items for potential review during an audit. Quite a long list – How would your plan fare in being able to check off these items? Learn more.
This article discusses a national accounting and consulting firm who was sued for excess fees. The bottom line: It behooves the prudent fiduciary to explore every avenue to protect themselves whilst acting in the best interests of their participants.