Category Archives: Governmental plans

“It Just Keeps On Going:” The Problem with a Money Purchase Pension Plan that a Public Agency Just Sets Aside

By Jeff Chang Like the Energizer Bunny, some retirement plans continue to “run,” even though the employer believes they are “no longer in use.” This problem is particularly prevalent with public agencies that have a tendency to switch from one … Continue reading

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What Plan Documents Should You Be Keeping?

By Jeff Chang Despite the insane popularity of Marie Kondo and her tidying methodology, when it comes to your agency’s retirement (and welfare) plan documents: more is better. But, not just more of the same thing — such as unexecuted … Continue reading

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Lessons From the Private Sector: Takeaways From Recent ERISA Plan Fiduciary and Fee Litigation

By Jeff Chang This is a blog about “public” benefits issues — one that focuses heavily, but not exclusively, on California developments. If we are focusing on California’s public agency retirement and welfare plans — which are generally exempt from … Continue reading

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If You Don’t Have a Section 218 Agreement, Watch Out for the Social Security “Gotcha”

By Jeff Chang A section 218 agreement is an agreement between a state (or its local governments and instrumentalities) and the Social Security Administration providing for participation in Social Security and/or Medicare for designated groups of employees. Participation in a … Continue reading

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How Is Liability-driven Investing Different?

By Jeff Chang The more you read about what has been going on in the private sector (in the U.S.) and in the public sector (in Europe) with respect to pension plan investing, the more you come across the concept … Continue reading

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