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Protecting Retirement
New research suggests that many employees won't be able to afford even the basics during retirement. What can HR do to help them have a better shot at a comfortable life during their golden years?
Reducing Fiduciary Risk
The tumultuous stock market is increasing pressure on retirement-plan sponsors and fiduciaries to address investment risks and to take step to build a shield to protect them from unnecessary litigation.
Redefining Defined Contributions
Proposed tax changes to retirement savings could put a cap on employer and employee contributions to qualified defined-contribution plans and, experts say, HR professionals would be wise to quickly revisit their retirement-plan designs.
Maximizing Drawdown
New programs that offer payout or drawdown options for retirement savings are complex to research and explain to defined-contribution-plan participants. But many of those participants are asking for guidance and help in stretching out their savings through their post-employment lives.
TDFs Make a Lasting Impression
Looks like 401(k) participants are taking stick-to-it-ness to a new level, at least when it comes to target-date funds.
One-Stop Saving?
Have you ever wondered just how important a role the 401(k) plays in the retirement plans of American workers?
HR Focuses on Retirement-Plan Governance
The number of lawsuits, combined with regulatory complexity, the growing cost of benefits and the volatility of investments, has motivated some U.S. companies to beef up the governance of their retirement plans, say experts. But relatively few are proactively addressing governance risks.
Dodging the Benefits Bullet
When workers read company material about their employee benefits, they take for granted that it's reliable.
FYI: Retirement
SEAL Act Would Make it Harder to Tap 401(k)s
Phasing Out
Solving today's unique talent-management problems with phased retirement can be dicey for companies with defined-benefit plans, but there are some ways it can work.
Public-Sector Squeeze
Government work ain't what it used to be. Working in the public sector once offered a secure job with plush benefits. No longer.
In the Public Sector
This article accompanies Phasing Out.
Good News, Caution on 401(k)s
Is the retirement crisis over?
Study: 401(k) Loans at a 'Record High'
According to Aon Hewitt, about 28 percent of active participants in defined-contribution retirement plans had an outstanding 401(k) loan in 2010 -- a record high, according to the firm.
Retiree Plans Brace for Change
Retiree-medical programs could see big changes in the next few years -- the result of company-plan restructuring in response to healthcare reform, according to a study by Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Aon Hewitt.
Brian Heinke

Client Relationship Manager
TrueNorth Inc., Denver

Multi-Faceted Approach Yields Benefits

Participation is the key driver of any benefits plan.
Muriel Knapp

Mercer, Washington

Rising to the Occasion for Multinational Client

Muriel Knapp stepped into a real-life scenario that was more like a training exercise, with problems coming at her faster than they could possibly be solved.
Yvonne Gatcheff Ornt, FSA, AAA, EA

Actuarial Consultant, Principal, and Manager
Aon Hewitt, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Taking Apart and Rebuilding the Pieces

The classic song "Roadhouse Blues" advises, "keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel," and that was exactly what Ornt did when a large client asked her to undo a good portion of the work she had done over the previous few years.
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Benefits Column

Some employers -- those that understand today's health-and-benefits model isn't working -- are beginning to take a new approach, one that goes beyond insurance products and under-utilized programs to offer workers the real-life help they need, right when they need it.
Working with Wearables Sep 22, 2014