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COLAs Vanishing from Pension Plans
Much like rotary phones, snail mail and pension plans in general, cost-of-living allowances are increasingly becoming a thing of the past, new research finds. But, for those organizations considering a COLA, experts say they should implement one on an age-segmented basis to the workforce.
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Lost and Found
Some plans sponsors go to greater lengths than others to find ways to reunite former employees with their retirement funds.
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New 401(k) Fee-Transparency Rules Demand Attention
Beginning this month, new transparency rules on 401(k) fees go into effect, and experts agree that HR leaders need to pay close attention to the other changes coming later this summer and beyond.
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A New Way to Reduce Pension Risks?
The Ford Motor Co., fresh on the heels of a major turnaround achieved over the past few years, is making change again. This time, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automotive giant is not announcing a new hybrid model or supply-chain strategy.
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Retirement Risks
Anna Rappaport, the noted futurist and actuary, discusses in a Q&A her view on the state of retirement planning in the United States, the top retirement risks for workers and how HR can help mitigate them.
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Top Employee Benefit Consultant Winners of 2012

Human Resource Executive® and its sister publication, Risk & Insurance®, profile the best of the best in the area of employee-benefits consulting.
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Stress and the Compliance Officer
It should come as no surprise that stress levels are elevated in every nook and cranny of the modern-day business world.
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The Plan Ahead
With many younger workers neglecting their retirement planning amidst a sea of competing priorities and distractions, some forward-thinking companies are making savings programs a priority -- as well as a retention tool.
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Diversity and Retirement Savings
A new report from Vanguard shows that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to take loans and hardship withdrawals from their 401(k)s than whites and Asians -- but all of those groups borrow roughly the same amount.
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Getting Retirement-Ready
This article accompanies Plan Ahead.
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A New Way to Reduce Pension Risks?
Ford says it has a better idea as it looks to "de-risk" its pension funding by offering lump-sum buyouts to retirees. The impact on HR could be significant among large employers, if this becomes a trend.
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Countering the Retirement Crisis
It's not enough to expect workers to delay retirement as a way to stretch out their savings, says the head of the PBGC -- because they already are delaying retirement. Josh Gotbaum says his agency not only protects workers from losing assets because of failing pension plans, but also works with companies to maintain their voluntary private plans.
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Preparing for Fee-Disclosure Rules
When the U.S. Department of Labor chose to require plan administrators and investment companies to disclose the costs associated with 401(k) plans, the prime goal was increased fee transparency.
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Preparing for DOL Fee-Disclosure Rules
While the disclosures to plan participants don't begin until August, HR leaders should be communicating now with employees to make sure they understand that such fees already exist -- even if they haven't been disclosed before. HR leaders should also make sure their staff will be able to understand the disclosures they will receive from service providers -- and that such fees are "fair and reasonable."
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Trading Pay for Benefits
A recent survey indicates an increasing fear among employees that a comfortable retirement may not be in the future. To help assuage that fear -- and the need for some predictability -- HR leaders need to step up their educational efforts and tools, as well as consider some creative benefit strategies.
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There is a long consideration list to review before making the move to a private exchange. If you don't like the current blueprint for exchanges, express your opinion and wait. Things may shift again soon.
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