Benefits

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Benefits Articles
    • Work-Life Balance and the Working Parent Struggle
      Provided by Anne C. O'Donnell of FindLaw
      Understanding the challenges that face all working parents, especially lawyers.

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    • 401k Plans for Small Businesses
      Provided by Department of Labor
      401(k) plans can be a powerful tool in promoting financial security in retirement. They are a valuable option for businesses considering a retirement plan, providing benefits to employees and their employers. Employers start a 401(k) for a host of reasons.

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    • Plan Fiduciary Tips for Pension Consultants
      Provided by Department of Labor
      The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) requires that fiduciaries of employee benefit plans administer and manage their plans prudently and in the interest of the plan's participants and beneficiaries. In carrying out these responsibilities, plan fiduciaries often rely heavily on pension consultants and other professionals for help. Findings included in a report by the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission released in May 2005, however, raise serious questions concerning whether some pension consultants are fully disclosing potential conflicts of interest that may affect the objectivity of the advice they are providing to their pension plan clients.

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    • Meeting Your Plan Fiduciary Responsibilities
      Provided by Department of Labor
      This booklet addresses the scope of ERISA's protections for private-sector retirement plans (public-sector plans and plans sponsored by churches are not covered by ERISA). It provides a simplified explanation of the law and regulations. It is not a legal interpretation of ERISA, nor is it intended to be a substitute for the advice of a retirement plan professional. Also, the booklet does not cover those provisions of the Federal tax law related to retirement plans.

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    • Understanding Retirement Plan Fees And Expenses
      Provided by Department of Labor
      The Federal law governing private-sector retirement plans, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), requires that those responsible for managing retirement plans -- referred to as fiduciaries -- carry out their responsibilities prudently and solely in the interest of the plan's participants and beneficiaries. This booklet will help you better understand and evaluate your plan's fees and expenses.

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    • The Role of Benefits in Your Law Practice
      Provided by Kevin Andrews of SmartBen
      It's readily apparent to every law firm HR manager. The American workplace is changing. Downsizing and outsourcing have strained the once solid relationship between employers and employees, and created a more mobile, more fluid workforce.

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    • FAQs on the Small Pension Plan Audit Waiver Regulation
      Provided by Department of Labor
      This article describes conditions for small employee benefit plans (generally those with fewer than 100 participants) and the small pension plan audit waiver regulation.

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    • Service Provider Tips For Your Employee Benefit Plan
      Provided by Department of Labor
      To assist business owners in carrying out their responsibilities under ERISA, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has prepared the following tips which may be a helpful starting point when selecting an employee benefit plan service provider.

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    • Selecting an Auditor for Your Employee Benefit Plan
      Provided by Department of Labor
      If your employee benefit plan is required to have an audit, one of the most important duties of the plan administrator is to hire an independent qualified public accountant. The sponsor of the plan is the plan administrator under the law unless another individual or entity is specifically designated to assume this responsibility. The following material will assist you, as plan administrator, in selecting an auditor and reviewing the audit work and report.

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    • Payroll Deduction IRAs for Small Businesses
      Provided by Department of Labor
      A payroll deduction individual retirement account (IRA) is an easy way for businesses to give employees an opportunity to save for retirement. The employer sets up the payroll deduction IRA program with a bank, insurance company or other financial institution, and then the employees choose whether and how much they want deducted from their paychecks and deposited into the IRA.

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    • FAQs About COBRA Continuation Health Coverage
      Provided by Department of Labor
      Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated. COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right to temporary continuation of health coverage at group rates.

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    • What Is an HSA?
      Provided by U.S. Small Business Administration
      Small business owners who want to provide health insurance for themselves, their families and their employees have a new program to help. The Health Savings Account, signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2003, offers small business owners and employees what they need from health coverage: affordability, portability and freedom.

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    • Tips to Avoid Office Back Pain and Workplace Injuries
      Provided by Topricin
      Eighty percent of Americans experience back pain in their lifetime and this ailment can have serious implications for job security by negatively affecting even the most dedicated employee's ability to go to work.

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