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Category Archives: Fiduciary Liability Insurance

Understanding Fiduciary Liability Insurance and ERISA

Understanding Fiduciary Liability Insurance and ERISAThere is often a lot of confusion regarding the insurance needs of fiduciaries and retirement plan officials and whether an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) bond is the same thing as Fiduciary Liability insurance. ERISA bonds and Fiduciary Liability Insurance have similar goals, but are not the same. This article aims to better explain the differences of both, and clear up any misunderstandings.

Fiduciary liability insurance, sometimes called …

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Reviewing Provider Fees and Services Integral to Fiduciary’s Responsibility

Reviewing Provider Fees and Services Integral to Fiduciary’s ResponsibilityLast year it came to light that several prominent universities, including MIT, Yale, NYU, and Emory, were facing lawsuits by their employees alleging their retirement programs were being slammed with excessive fees along with other fiduciary breaches. Knowing that a plan is being reasonably priced is a vital fiduciary duty, whether you are providing employees with a 401(k)-type plan or a benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security …

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Fiduciary Liability: A Look at Recent Spate of University Lawsuits over Retirement Plan Fees

Fiduciary Liability A Look at Recent Spate of University Lawsuits over Retirement Plan FeesIn August several prominent U.S. universities made headline news when they were sued by a number of employees that alleged their retirement savings were fraught with excessive fees. The first three of these universities that hit the news were Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU) and Yale – each with retirement plans holding more than $3 billion in assets. Following on the heels of this news, it …

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The Must-Have Coverage for Plan Sponsors: Fiduciary Liability Insurance

 The Must-Have Coverage for Plan Sponsors Fiduciary Liability InsuranceEmployee benefit plan vendor selection and compensation arrangements made by an employer or union, association or other employee benefit plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers are coming under increasing scrutiny by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). While the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) technically grants plan sponsors and fiduciaries wide latitude to execute these choices, the exercise of these powers also comes with tremendous responsibility. ERISA, …

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Avoiding Common Fiduciary Mistakes

Avoiding Common Fiduciary MistakesFiduciary Liability insurance helps protect the personal assets of company fiduciaries, in addition to the financial assets of the company and employee benefit plans against lawsuits. Insurance coverage will be pay for lawsuit defense costs, judgments, and settlements. Some policies can be designed to pay for negotiations over demands for damages outside of litigation, costs associated with regulatory actions or governmental investigations, settlements and damage awards. Some also offer help …

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The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Fiduciary Liability Insurance

The Affordable Care Act’s Impact on Fiduciary Liability InsuranceFiduciary Liability and ACA Compliance

As with other emerging litigation trends, the fiduciary liability landscape has become increasingly riskier today.  Allegations against fiduciaries and plan sponsors of employee benefits (medical, life, disability) involve inappropriate investment options, misrepresentation of the risks of employer securities, allowance of excessive fees and expenses charged to plans and failure to administer plans as per the plan terms. What’s more, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or …

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What is Fiduciary Liability Insurance?

What is Fiduciary Liability InsuranceWhat is Fiduciary Liability Insurance?

Fiduciary Liability insurance is designed to protect companies that sponsor an employee benefit plan, including ERISA and non-ERISA retirement plans and profit-sharing plans, medical benefit plans, life insurance, and disability plans. The coverage protects an insured against allegations that the fiduciary —the money or benefits handler—has breached his or her duty. Allegations can involve an error or negligence in administering a plan, including but not …

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