Tips for Employers with Retirement Plans
Understanding fiduciary responsibilities is important for the security of a retirement plan and
compliance with the law. The following tips may be a helpful starting point:
- Have you identified your plan fiduciaries, and are they clear about the extent
of their fiduciary responsibilities?
- If participants make their own investment decisions, have you provided
sufficient information for them to exercise control in making those decisions?
- Are you aware of the schedule to deposit participantsí contributions in the
plan, and have you made sure it complies with the law?
- If you are hiring third-party service providers, have you looked at a number of
providers, given each potential provider the same information, and considered
whether the fees are reasonable for the services provided?
- Have you documented the hiring process?
- Are you prepared to monitor your planís service providers?
- Have you identified parties-in-interest to the plan and taken steps to monitor
transactions with them?
- Are you aware of the major exemptions under ERISA that permit transactions with
parties-in-interest, especially those key for plan operations (such as hiring
service providers and making plan loans to participants)?
- Have you reviewed your plan document in light of current plan operations and
made necessary updates? After amending the plan, have you provided participants
with an updated SPD or SMM?
- Do those individuals handling plan funds or other plan property have a fidelity
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