Hiring an ERISA 401(k) fiduciary to take on 401(k) fiduciary services protects your company by officially delegating most of the work on the 401(k) plan. After hiring a fiduciary, your company can lean on ERISA plan experts to get investment advice, feel confident that an investment manager is monitoring the funds in the 401(k) plan, and delegate error-prone plan administration work. Read more on why you should consider hiring a fiduciary for your plan.
There are two main areas of 401(k) fiduciary services: one that handles investments and one that handles plan administration work. The investment fiduciary is typically handled by a 401(k) advisor, and takes on some or all of the investment selection work and liability. The plan administration fiduciary takes on the day-to-day administrative tasks, completing annual IRS forms, filing them, and taking on the liability for the work to be done correctly.
There are two different flavors of the investment fiduciary — the 3(21) and 3(38). The overall benefit of hiring an investment fiduciary is to delegate the work and liability when it comes to selecting investments and giving investment advice.
Here’s what the 3(21) and the 3(38) do:
Companies will often work with either a 3(21) or a 3(38). In some cases, a 401(k) advisor will offer both 3(21) and 3(38) investment fiduciary services (which is the case with ForUsAll), giving the company the best of both worlds.
Choose a fiduciary that represents how much liability and work you want to delegate. And to fill in any gaps in investment expertise that might be missing on your internal team. If your team has real investment management experience and the time to monitor, select and document specific fund selection then you may only need a 3(21). Some companies are large enough to have a dedicated investment committee that can take on the work of selecting, monitoring, and reviewing funds in your retirement plan.
All of the best 401(k) advisors offer 3(38) and 3(21) 401(k) fiduciary services, so this should be easy to find. Still unsure which is right for you? Read our deeper dive on 3(21) fiduciaries vs. 3(38).
The overall benefit of hiring a plan administration fiduciary is to delegate the work and liability when it comes to the day-to-day administration tasks including processing changes to employee savings rates and processing 401(k) loans.
Here’s what a 3(16) does (and what’s left on your plate if you don’t hire a 3(16) fiduciary):
While employees suing employers for egregious investment practices is what makes it into the news, it’s actually plan administration-related tasks that trigger the most compliance errors on ERISA retirement plans. By hiring a 401(k) advisor that offers 3(16) plan administration fiduciary services, and takes on the liability if something is done incorrectly, you’ve now saved your team a great deal of time and stress when it comes to the 401(k) plan.
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