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Our employee benefit plan distribution series can help you save administrative resources and limit fees associated with your plan’s offerings.

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Best Practices for Benefit Plan Distributions

  • 2/22/2018

Many employer-sponsored benefit plans include distribution offerings to help protect employers and employees. But without proper management, these features can rack up fees and become unnecessary administrative burdens for your organization.

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Our employee benefit plan distribution series covers the different distribution options your plan may provide, and gives guidance on ways to manage them.

Whether you’re wondering how to properly execute cash outs or aren’t sure how to document a hardship distribution, our professionals provide resources to help you manage your benefit plan.

Who’s Responsible for an Employee’s Hardship Documentation?

It’s expected that participants will provide documentation leading up to their distribution — but approving and filing these documents is often more convoluted.
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Distributing Qualified Joint and Survivor Annuities

Many plans require a QJSA — if yours includes this distribution, you need to know your responsibilities to protect participants and their survivors.
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Plan Sponsors Should Cash Out 401(k) Plans for Former Employees

Employers should scrutinize their ERISA plans to make sure they’re not paying fees on accounts that belong to employees who no longer work for their organization.
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Employers Should Help Employees Roll Over Retirement Accounts

Making sure participants know how to roll over their accounts can help limit your administrative work and, for small organizations, keep audits at bay.
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Distributing Retirement Plan Account Balances Following a Participant’s Death

Unlike most benefit plan distributions, which are processed by systems, distributing a deceased participant’s account requires active involvement from an employer.
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Consult a Professional Before Making Retirement Plan Disability Determinations

Your plan committee may not be in a position to determine whether a plan participant is disabled — a disability determination professional can help draw a confidential conclusion.
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Future topics in this series will cover:

  •  Qualified domestic relations order distributions