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Paying Death Benefits to Beneficiaries

Written By Lisa Tomlin

If a plan participant dies in retirement (while receiving pension benefits), then the amount and timing of any benefit payable to a beneficiary will depend on the form of payment the participant elected. However, if the plan participant dies prior to retirement, the pre-retirement death provisions of the plan will dictate the amount and timing of the benefit payment to a beneficiary.

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Additional Pension Funding Relief on the Horizon?

Written By Blaine Brickhouse, FSA

On July 10, 2014, committees in both the House and Senate approved similar – but not identical – bills which would extend pension funding relief for several more years.

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Dodd-Frank Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements - Is it really worth it?

Written By Rob Rogers

Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requires public companies to disclose the ratio of the CEO's total compensation to that of the median of all other employees in the work- force. Against the back drop of the financial collapse in 2008, this massive piece of legislation sought to curb abuses that led to the collapse and also to protect consumers from misdeeds within banking and corporate entities.

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Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan (NQDC): An Essential Tool for Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining Top Talent

Written By Tammy Michalak

The need to attract, engage, and retain top talent is paramount in today's dynamic landscape. In this competitive landscape for top talent, nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) can be one of the most important tools in an employer's toolbox for finding and retaining the best and brightest employees.

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Defined Benefit Administration Services

As organizations continue to do more with less, pension plan administration services are one of the areas to consider using an outside resource to minimize costs and free up time for your team to focus on other priorities.

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Terminated Vested Buyouts Timeline

For defined benefit retirement plan sponsors who desire to distribute terminated vested buyouts by the end of a 12/31 fiscal year, this timeline begins with the end in mind.   The process begins with a buyout analysis, its impact on the plan and company, and potential accounting charges.

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Ways to Improve Participant Retirement Outcomes

Everyone knows that they want to retire. But, how do they go about preparing to do so? A big key to that answer is employer-sponsored retirement plans, communication, and education.

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Long-term Compensation: Real Equity or Phantom Stock?

Written By Marc Stockwell

The rationale for providing long-term compensation to key employees is well recognized. Shareholders, business owners, and Boards want to motivate, reward and retain key employees to promote long term thinking, grow the business and build shareholder value.

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Terminated Vested Buyouts – Why now could be the time

Written By Amy Gentile

More pension plans are considering a terminated vested buyout in 2014.  Declining interest rates, increasing PBGC fees, and updated mortality tables (people are living longer) are three of the key factors in alignment and driving the terminated vested buyout momentum in 2014.

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Top Wellness Trends

Findley Davies recently participated in the HERO Think Tank meeting in Dallas, Texas. More than 120 HERO members convened with experts and employers who shared case studies, research findings, and committee updates. 

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Time for a New Standard in Pension Administration

In 2013, Findley Davies participated in 15 pension administration request for proposals. All of these companies were administering their pension plans without sophisticated pension systems or call center or internet technologies that are typically found in an outsourced solution.

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