Foster & Foster Expands Plan Administration Services to Illinois Fire and Police Pension Funds

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare, Multiemployer / Taft-Hartley Plan

Foster & Foster’s Plan Administration Division was established in Fort Myers, FL in 2013 and currently provides third-party administration services to over 40 Florida pension plans. The administrative responsibilities vary based on client needs, but may include services such as: Administration of Meetings – Prepare Meeting Agendas, Packets and Minutes Facilitation of Trustee Elections and Annual Affidavits Certifying Pension Eligibility … Read More

IRS Announces 2020 Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA) Contribution Limit

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the 2020 limit on employee pre-tax FSA contributions will rise to $2,750, up from $2,700 in 2019. Revenue Procedure Bulletin 2019-44 provides the details of this and approximately sixty other tax-related annual inflation adjustments. The dependent care FSA maximum, which is set by statute and not subject to inflation-related adjustments, will remain … Read More

Overview of Selected HSA Banking Alternatives

AdminBlog, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

We’re frequently asked which is “the best” HSA bank for our clients’ employees, but it’s not an easy answer. Lately, employers are moving away from using traditional banks and toward online or investment banks to take advantage of longer term investment options and online fund access. Increasingly, employers are even pairing their HSA with their retirement savings vendor to help … Read More

SOA Mortality Tables Finalized for Private-Sector Retirement Plans

AdminBlog, Retirement

In May 2019, the Society of Actuaries (SOA) released an exposure draft of the Pri-2012 Mortality Tables for private-sector retirement plans. These new tables were based on data collected for 2010 – 2014, with a central year of 2012. The Pri-2012 tables update the RP-2006 tables (the mortality table basis for the RP-2014 Mortality Tables that are currently in use). … Read More

SOA Releases Mortality Improvement Scale MP-2019

AdminBlog, Retirement

When the Society of Actuaries (SOA) released the RP-2014 mortality table in 2014, they included mortality improvement scale MP-2014. The purpose of this scale is to reflect mortality improvement into the future, since one would expect future mortality rates to be lower with further advances in health and medicine. A practice was then started to update this improvement scale annually … Read More

PBGC Releases Latest Projections

AdminBlog, Retirement

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released its fiscal 2018 projections report in August 2019. The PBGC operates insurance programs for Single-Employer and Multiemployer pension plans and this annual report provides projections of the financial status of each program. The Single-Employer program is the healthier of the two programs. In 10-year projections with 5,000 alternative economic paths, the program was … Read More

Changes to the ACA Affordability Standard for 2020

AdminBlog, Health & Welfare, Multiemployer / Taft-Hartley Plan, Private Self-Funded Health Plan

Recently, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure Bulletin 2019-29, which decreases the affordability percentage under the Employer Mandate. The “affordability standard” is a component of ACA that is frequently overlooked. Employers should be reassessing their employee contribution structure annually to ensure compliance and avoid costly penalties (see below for updated penalty amounts). In order to determine affordability, the IRS sets an … Read More

New GASB Exposure Draft Would Alter 457 Plan Reporting

AdminBlog, Retirement

The Governmental Accounting Standards Boards (GASB) released a new exposure draft in June 2019 entitled “Internal Revenue Code Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plans That Meet the Definition of a Pension Plan and Supersession of GASB Statement 32.” While a brief statement, the reporting requirements for 457 plans could be impacted. According to the statement, 457 plans have evolved since the … Read More