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In a nod to the small business community, the Department of Labor issued a final rule earlier this week that may nudge more employers to offer joint retirement plans—MEPs—but it’s not all that employers were hoping for. “This is NOT the MEPs that everyone has been so excited about,” says Nevin Adams, chief of marketing for the American Retirement Association via email.
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Texas. It also clarifies that Professional Employment Organizations (benefits providers) that sponsor MEPs are okay to be doing so (it was a grey area under DOL regs before). And there’s a new exception that lets worker/owners without employees into PEO MEPs. Before, employers had to have a commonality of interest to form a MEP: An engineering association, for example, could have a “closed” ME
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Technically, what the DOL rule does is broaden the definition of employer. So, “bona fide” employer groups or associations and Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) may act as an “employer” for purposes of sponsoring a MEP. The idea is that by banding together they can negotiate lower fees and pass those cost savin
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There’s no question there is a lack of coverage: more than 28 million full-time private sector employees and more than 23 million part-timers do not have access to a workplace 401(k) retirement plan, according to the American Retirement Association.
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offloads the plan administrator role and that fiduciary responsibility. But the employer is still the plan sponsor and has that fiduciary role. That’s something else that the DOL RFI hopes to address.
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