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Cyber 09.06.2019

Small Businesses Aren’t Sure Who Should Handle Cybersecurity

One of the biggest impediments to implementing proper cybersecurity measures at small businesses is that those small businesses don’t seem to have any idea who should be in charge of cybersecurity. According to Keeper Security’s…
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Small Businesses Aren’t Sure Who Should Handle Cybersecurity
Cyber 08.27.2019

Even If Your Information Doesn’t Seem Valuable, Cyber Attacks Will Still Steal It

You may think that the information you’re storing for your business or plan isn’t that valuable. You may not be storing things like credit card numbers or payment credentials, but cyber attackers will still attempt…
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Even If Your Information Doesn’t Seem Valuable, Cyber Attacks Will Still Steal It
ERISA 08.27.2019

Plan Fiduciaries Must Follow Plan Documents

This may sound like common sense but it does in fact need to be noted: according to IRS rules, a plan must operate according to its own plan document’s terms in order to maintain its…
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Plan Fiduciaries Must Follow Plan Documents
ERISA 08.23.2019

Legal and Approved Investments May Still Result in Fiduciary Liability

Plan funds and assets don’t have to be invested in an illegal manner in order for an investment to count as imprudent and a breach of a plan sponsor’s fiduciary duty to plan participants. Even…
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Legal and Approved Investments May Still Result in Fiduciary Liability
ERISA 08.23.2019

Hidden Fees Can Make Plan Investments Imprudent

As a fiduciary, you may do everything by the book in choosing what to invest plan assets in. The investment may be safe, provide proper amounts of returns and not be overly risky. But there’s…
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Hidden Fees Can Make Plan Investments Imprudent
ERISA 08.23.2019

Excessive Fee Suits Against Plan Fiduciaries Becoming More Popular

An increasing number of 401(k) sponsors and providers of retirement products are seeing lawsuits against them alleging, among other things, excessive plan fees in violation of ERISA and therefore, a breach of the plan fiduciary’s fiduciary duty….
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Excessive Fee Suits Against Plan Fiduciaries Becoming More Popular
ERISA 08.21.2019

The Fiduciary Duty to Only Pay Reasonable Fees from ERISA Plan Assets

Plan sponsors may not realize this, but one of their numerous fiduciary duties is that they have a fiduciary duty to only pay reasonable and necessary fees from plan assets. The reason for this is that while…
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The Fiduciary Duty to Only Pay Reasonable Fees from ERISA Plan Assets
Cyber 08.21.2019

Texas Retirement Plan Uses Third Party Experts to Detect Data Breach

The Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) recently fell victim to a cyber attack resulting in a data breach and the exposure of 1.25 million retirement plan records. A flaw in its online portal was…
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Texas Retirement Plan Uses Third Party Experts to Detect Data Breach
Cyber 08.21.2019

60% of Hacked Small to Medium Businesses Fail Within 6 Months

Small and medium businesses often (incorrectly) think they’re too small for cyber attackers to attempt to hack. Only 31% of small businesses take active measures to protect against cyber attacks and breaches. But more than…
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60% of Hacked Small to Medium Businesses Fail Within 6 Months