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The Benefit Basics - December 2009

 December 1 2009
As 2009 draws to a close, many HR professionals are focusing on a slew of compliance deadlines and a number of new laws and rules that have emerged this year. Some of the key compliance end-of-year deadlines and changes are:

Impact of the decline in the Commercial Real Estate Market

 December 1 2009
Concerns about the stability of life insurers and other financial service companies are growing as economists predict that the commercial real estate and mortgage market will be the next domino to fall in the current recession. Life insurers allocate approximately 15% of their assets to commercial mortgage-related investments. Real estate values have fallen dramatically over the past two years...

Key Compliance Requirements for 2010

 December 1 2009
Key Compliance Requirements for 2010

Your 401(k) Resource - December 2009

 December 1 2009
While ERISA requires all fiduciaries and persons handling plan funds to be bonded, it does not require them to be insured. Companies often carry a Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance policy. This insures the directors and officers of the company for their decisions and actions. It is wise to understand if your insurance covers decisions related to ERISA and retirement plans as some policies...

FMLA/Military Leave

 November 1 2009
In the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was signed by President Obama on October 28, 2009, Congress expanded the military-related family and medical leave that it created in the 2008 NDAA. The expansion became effective upon the President's signature. This new legislation means the Family Medical Leave Act regulations that became effective earlier this year are already outdate...

Your 401(k) Resource - November 2009

 November 1 2009
It's obvious: Companies are trying to survive. Doing more with less is becoming the motto - often translating to cuts in pay, perks and benefits. One of those cuts is matching contributions to the company's 401(k) plan.

The Benefit Basics - October 2009

 October 1 2009
The predictions for health care trends are now being released for 2010 and the outlook continues to be grim. These trends are forecasts for projected changes in health plans' per capita claims cost, as determined by insurance carriers, major insurance carriers (MCOs) and third-party administrators (TPAs).

Medicare Part D: If You Sponsor Prescription Drug Coverage

 October 1 2009
To comply with Federal regulations, any employer offering prescription drug coverage to its employees must send two notices relating to prescription drug coverage. Before November 15, employers must provide written notification to plan participants explaining whether the coverage is "creditable" or not. Then, no later than 60 days after the start of its plan year, the employer/sponsor must electro...

Your 401(k) Resource - October 2009

 October 1 2009
So, how's that 401(k) investment education working out? Not very well, if you consider recent survey data.

Investment Insight - Fourth Quarter 2009

 October 1 2009
Come January, more retirement savers will be able to convert to a Roth IRA. The question is: Do they know what that means? A new law, that was enacted in 2005 but goes into effect January 1, will let anyone with a qualified retirement plan, such as a traditional IRA or 401(k) left behind at a former employer, shift those funds into a Roth IRA. Right now, converting to a Roth is limited to peopl...
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