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  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Changes

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Changes

    Question: With the recent Executive Order rescinding DACA, do we need to do anything different for our employees who are enrolled in the program? Answer: Given the recent news headlines around immigration, a lot of employers may wonder which change…
    - 29 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 2:59pm -
  • Breaking News: Costly Overtime Rule Struck Down

    Breaking News: Costly Overtime Rule Struck Down

    September 1st, 2017   On August 31, 2017, Federal District Court Judge Amos Mazzant overturned the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Overtime Rule that would have doubled the annual salary level to qualify for exemption from overtime from $23,…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Sep 17, 2:23pm -
  • When to Say Goodbye to Your Benefits Broker

    When to Say Goodbye to Your Benefits Broker

    For many businesses, the process of choosing and administering a health insurance benefits program is a daunting one. They often turn to benefits brokers to help them select and implement plans. Traditional benefits brokers offer assistance in choosi…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Sep 17, 10:39am -
  • What are CSR Payment Plans?

    What are CSR Payment Plans?

    There is quite a bit of talk these days about how uncertainty around CSR Payments could cripple the individual health insurance market (see article). This brings up a good question – What are CSR Payment Plans? Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) A discou…
    - 54 days ago, 25 Aug 17, 9:17am -
  • The New Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

    The New Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

    As open enrollment season approaches, employers and their advisors are getting ready to use the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) format required under federal rules. The basic rules have been in place for several years, but 2017 is the firs…
    - 57 days ago, 22 Aug 17, 11:43am -
  • Level Premium Self Funding

    Level Premium Self Funding

    Here is a quick video explanation for a concept that is gaining in popularity. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions:
    - 64 days ago, 15 Aug 17, 2:27pm -
  • What are pay-per-use Health Insurance plans?

    What are pay-per-use Health Insurance plans?

    As health care costs continue to rise, level funding and self-funding are becoming a more and more attractive option for smaller companies. Technically speaking Benefit Administration Group uses level funded health insurance and insurance captives…
    - 92 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 12:40pm -
  • Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Question: We’ve hired a new employee and have agreed to reimburse their COBRA premium until they become eligible for our insurance. They provided us with proof (copies of checks and invoices) that they paid a 3rd party administrator for their COBR…
    - 99 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 12:18pm -
  • Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Question: Should an employee’s background check, interview notes, and benefit information be kept separate from the personnel file? Answer: As a best practice (and in certain instances it is legally required), employers should keep certain employee…
    - 100 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 10:45am -
  • Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Human Resources Q & A of the Day

    Question: We recently made some changes to our handbook policies regarding benefits offered to employees and have a disclaimer stating, “The Company reserves the exclusive right to change or terminate any benefits or related policy at any time in a…
    - 7 Jul 17, 11:23am -

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  • newIn Defense of Private Equity?

    In Defense of Private Equity?

    Joe Lonsdale, a founding partner at 8VC, wrote a comment on CNBC, In defense of private equity:The only way to create prosperity is to do more with less. In economic terms, an increase in productivity is an increase in the amount or quality of output…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Oct 17, 10:14pm -
  • The Coming Renaissance of Macro Investing?

    The Coming Renaissance of Macro Investing?

    John Curran, a partner and head of commodities at Caxton Associates, and chief investment officer at Tigris Financial Group, a family office, wrote a comment for Barron's, The Coming Renaissance of Macro Investing:In the summer of 1974, Treasury Secr…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Oct 17, 8:29pm -
  • The Bubble Economy Set to Burst?

    The Bubble Economy Set to Burst?

    Andy Xie, an independent economist, wrote an op-ed for the South China Morning Post, The bubble economy is set to burst, and US elections may well be the trigger:Central banks continue to focus on consumption inflation, not asset inflation, in their…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Oct 17, 9:18am -
  • CPPIB Comes Out on Asian Data Centers?

    CPPIB Comes Out on Asian Data Centers?

    Lynette Khoo of Singapore's Business Times reports, CPPIB invests up to S$350m in Keppel's Alpha Data Centre Fund:The Alpha Data Centre Fund (ADCF), managed by Keppel Capital's wholly owned unit, Alpha Investment Partners, is receiving another shot…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Oct 17, 9:54am -
  • AIMCo, PSP Looking at US Real Estate?

    AIMCo, PSP Looking at US Real Estate?

    Mark Heschmeyer of CoStar Group reports, Starlight Commences $1.3 Billion U.S. Multifamily Acquisition Program:Toronto-based Starlight Investments has formed an institutional partnership with Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and the Al…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Oct 17, 9:43am -
  • Quebec's Atypical Pension Fund Chief?

    Quebec's Atypical Pension Fund Chief?

    Jacquie McNish of the Wall Street Journal reports, Why Caisse’s Michael Sabia Isn’t Your Typical Pension Fund Chief:When work begins on a new, 42-mile commuter rail system here this year, it will also be a groundbreaking moment for Michael Sabia,…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 10:32am -
  • Steven Cohen's Dubious Rerun?

    Steven Cohen's Dubious Rerun?

    Nir Kaissar of Bloomberg reports, Steve Cohen's Dubious Rerun:Don’t call it a comeback just yet.As Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, hedge fund manager Steven A. Cohen is preparing to raise as much as $10 billion from outside investors in 2018 fo…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 9:51am -
  • Navigating Through Prickly Markets?

    Navigating Through Prickly Markets?

    Karen Brettell of Reuters reports, Dollar jumps as rising wages stoke inflation expectations:The dollar jumped to more than two-month highs against the yen and seven-week highs against the euro on Friday after the government’s jobs report for Septe…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Oct 17, 9:23am -
  • California's Pension Crowding Out Effect?

    California's Pension Crowding Out Effect?

    Adam Ashton of the Sacramento Bee reports, Pension costs ‘crowding out’ spending on parks, schools and social services, report says:California governments likely will make do with fewer teachers, parks employees and other public workers while the…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Oct 17, 10:23am -
  • Canada's Pensions Piling on Leverage?

    Canada's Pensions Piling on Leverage?

    Allison McNeely of Bloomberg reports, Canada's Pension Funds Are Piling on Leverage, Moody’s Warns:Canada’s public pension funds, among the biggest in the world, are piling on risk with leveraged bets in a chase for higher returns, Moody’s Inve…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Oct 17, 9:47pm -
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  • CLE Webinar About ERISA and Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

    CLE Webinar About ERISA and Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

    I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking as part of an upcoming Strafford live webinar, "Alternative Investments in ERISA Retirement Plans: Mitigating Liability Risks for Hedge and Private Equity Funds and Pension Plan Fiduciaries" schedule…
    - 16 May 17, 2:23am -
  • Investment Fraud and the Role of Trust

    Investment Fraud and the Role of Trust

    This article entitled “Investment Fraud and the Role of Trust” by Dr. Susan Mangiero was originally published on April 19, 2017 in The Fraud Examiner, a publication of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners that is distributed to some 65,0…
    - 25 Apr 17, 5:13am -
  • Funny Courtroom Film Still Used For Teaching

    Funny Courtroom Film Still Used For Teaching

    I had a chance to watch My Cousin Vinny on television the other night and was reminded how humor is such a powerful storytelling tool. How many times do we remember important concepts because the speaker or writer makes us laugh? Tickling our funny…
    - 10 Apr 17, 12:11am -
  • Pension Blog Turns 11 On Same Day As National Fiduciary Day

    Pension Blog Turns 11 On Same Day As National Fiduciary Day

    Last year, I celebrated a decade of posting investment governance insights to Pension Risk Matters. This year, I have two reasons to say "hooray." March 23 marks the eleventh year of posting analyses, research updates and essays about managing money…
    - 23 Mar 17, 11:52pm -
  • Are You Stressed Out?

    Are You Stressed Out?

    For anyone who is stressed out and needs a literary cupcake or other type of relaxing break, check out my new inspirational gift book. I hope you enjoy The Big Squeeze: Hugs & Inspirations For Every Grown-Up Who Loves Teddy Bears. You can click h…
    - 6 Mar 17, 5:07pm -
  • Can A Retirement Plan Have Too Much Risk Management?

    Can A Retirement Plan Have Too Much Risk Management?

    The issue of excess has been on my mind lately, mostly focused on my fragrance collection but now expanding to the topic of investment risk management. More specifically, as I continue to lead workshops about retirement plan risk management for the…
    - 28 Feb 17, 2:33pm -
  • Dr. Lee Heavner Joins Dr. Susan Mangiero to Discuss Derivatives and Fiduciary Duty

    Dr. Lee Heavner Joins Dr. Susan Mangiero to Discuss Derivatives and Fiduciary Duty

    As a follow-up to my January 12, 2017 announcement about retirement plan risk management education with the Professional Risk Managers' International Association ("PRMIA"), I am delighted to announce a co-presenter for the March 2, 2017 learning ev…
    - 27 Feb 17, 3:07am -
  • New Book by Dr. Susan Mangiero - Smiles On Every Page

    New Book by Dr. Susan Mangiero - Smiles On Every Page

    Hot off the press, The Big Squeeze (Happy Day Press, 2017) by Dr. Susan Mangiero is the result of many months of research about positivity. Inspired by the enduring appeal of teddy bears for grown-ups of all ages, The Big Squeeze is a sweet and upl…
    - 22 Feb 17, 10:20pm -
  • Establishing Risk Management Protocols for Defined Benefit Plans and Defined Contribution Plans

    Establishing Risk Management Protocols for Defined Benefit Plans and Defined Contribution Plans

    As a follow-up to my January 12, 2017 announcement about retirement plan risk management education with the Professional Risk Managers' International Association ("PRMIA"), I am delighted to announce a co-presenter for the February 23, 2017 learning…
    - 21 Feb 17, 12:09am -
  • Thank You for Blog of the Week Recognition

    Thank You for Blog of the Week Recognition

    I was recently informed by Fiduciary News editor Chris Carosa that my blog post entitled "Effective Retirement Plan Communications" (January 8, 2017) was selected "Blog of the Week" for the second week of January. Thank you to Chris and his loyal r…
    - 20 Feb 17, 11:44pm -

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Required 401(k) and IRA Withdrawals

    Everything You Need to Know About Required 401(k) and IRA Withdrawals

    via Wall Street Journal   If you are one of the millions of Americans with a retirement-savings account, three of the most important letters in your financial life might be these: RMD. They stand for required minimum distribution, which is … Conti…
    - 6 Feb 17, 4:10pm -
  • Some Rare Good News for Small Businesses Paying Employee Health Costs

    Some Rare Good News for Small Businesses Paying Employee Health Costs

    via Wall Street Journal Small businesses can once again use pretax funds to reimburse workers for health-care costs, especially premiums for individual and family coverage. In a little noticed move, Congress late last year reauthorized Health Reimb…
    - 30 Jan 17, 6:40pm -
  • What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

    What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

    via Time When Art Villa found out, after one too many boating accidents, that he needed a total knee replacement, he began asking around to see how much it would cost. The hospital near his home in Helena, Mont., would … Continue reading →
    - 27 Jan 17, 7:09pm -
  • Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

    Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

    via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—A federal judge Monday blocked the proposed merger of health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. on antitrust grounds, a potentially fatal blow to the $34 billion deal and a capstone victory for Justice Department…
    - 27 Jan 17, 2:03pm -
  • Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

    Federal Judge Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger on Antitrust Grounds

    via Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—A federal judge Monday blocked the proposed merger of health insurers Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. on antitrust grounds, a potentially fatal blow to the $34 billion deal and a capstone victory for Justice Department…
    - 23 Jan 17, 7:26pm -
  • Trump Nominees Take Aim at Tax Reform and the Fiduciary Rule

    Trump Nominees Take Aim at Tax Reform and the Fiduciary Rule

    via Lockton Beacon As a new administration takes office, the retirement plan community scratches their collective heads about what to expect. Donald Trump assumes the presidency with no prior public service, presenting very few tea leaves for us to r…
    - 20 Jan 17, 5:07pm -
  • UnitedHealth’s Revenue, Profit Tops Forecasts

    UnitedHealth’s Revenue, Profit Tops Forecasts

    via WSJ UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported a 56% increase in profit in the latest quarter, with results fueled by growth in its core insurance unit and its Optum health-services arm, as well as reduced impact from its money-losing Affordable Care … C…
    - 20 Jan 17, 5:02pm -
  • ACA Repeal Effort Edges Forward, Still Little Clarity on Timeline for Replacement

    ACA Repeal Effort Edges Forward, Still Little Clarity on Timeline for Replacement

    via Lockton Benefits Group This week, Congressional Republicans cleared important procedural hurdles on the path to repealing several components of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandate penalties. GOP infighting, howe…
    - 16 Jan 17, 4:16pm -
  • Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    via RAND Corporation One of the many curious aspects of the recent presidential election was the virtual absence of discussion about America’s health. To be sure, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was front and center, but the … C…
    - 10 Jan 17, 7:18pm -
  • Playing With House Money

    Playing With House Money

    via American Thinker Everyone’s familiar with the term “house money.” When you’re playing with house money, you’re gambling or spending money that’s not actually yours, so the perceived risk is lower than it would be if it were your money…
    - 9 Dec 16, 6:08pm -
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