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Report addresses when to claim Social Security

It’s a basic tenet of HR that directly providing financial advice to employees is an ethical no-no. However, there is nothing wrong with steering them toward resources that can help them make good decisions about their money.

Single women worry most about retirement security

Unmarried women are less confident about their retirement prospects than their married counterparts, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. It turns out, there are good reasons for them to worry.

Retirement savings crunch bringing older workforce

Expect more of your oldest employees to delay retirement as long as possible. Baby boomers on your staff may be financially unprepared to quit working anytime soon.

Review pension plan for age discrimination

Here’s a $5.4 million reminder that discriminating on the basis of age when administering employee benefits violates federal law.

Final regs delay health & 401(k) plan deadlines

Final regulations and a separate disaster relief notice from the Department of Labor set up an outbreak period—running from March 1, 2020, until 60 days after the announced end of the coronavirus national emergency—that plans must ignore for purposes of employees’ health plan elections and 401(k) plans’ responsibility to provide notices to participants.

After epic losses, what should 401(k) investors do?

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index ended the first quarter down more than 20%, delivering a gut-punch to the more than 1 million Americans whose retirement savings are tied up in defined-contribution plans.

Feeling insecure about the SECURE Act?

The ink is barely dry on the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019—the SECURE Act—which was included in a year-end 2019 appropriations bill. Yet it’s evident the IRS will have its hands full clarifying the law.

OT salary level regs may affect 401(k), other plans

If you reclassified some exempt employees as nonexempt in the wake of the new overtime salary threshold rules that went onto effect Jan. 1, you should now check your health benefit and 401(k) plan documents.

Americans value retirement plans such as 401(k)s

Most Americans are confident that 401(k)s and other defined contribution retirement accounts can help people meet their retirement goals, according to a new study released by the Investment Company Institute.

What you missed when we were away

Although we took a vacation from writing for the last couple of weeks, we were diligently gathering stuff to write about. And that’s no joke. So, here’s the rundown.