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Tip Tuesday! 3 topics your 401(k) investment committee probably needs to revisit

by Tim Gould


Is your 401(k) investment committee doing everything it should? With the feds starting to take a more active role overseeing companies’ retirement plans, that’s a question that needs to be examined on a regular basis.  

As employers are well aware, the DOL has said a few execs acting as a plan sponsor isn’t enough to constitute an “independent review” of the plan and satisfy a plan sponsor’s fiduciary responsibilities.

Committees should be made up of a broad sample of the company. Example: A few senior execs (CFO or vice president), some department heads and HR or benefits reps.

The big 3

Here’s what a committee should be tackling on a regular basis, according to Mercer senior defined contribution consultant Bill McClain.

1. Government regs. In recent years, the feds have taken a strong interest in employers’ retirement plans. So committees must be able to understand exactly how these complex regs apply to their situations.

Because this often requires expert understanding, many committees go to a plan advisor for a simple breakdown of confusing reg issues.

Another best practice that helps with this topic: Looking at actual lawsuits and what the companies being sued could’ve done differently.

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Tip Tuesday! 3 awkward conversations DOL’s new overtime rule will spark

by Christian Schappel

Are you ready for the three most difficult conversations you’ve had in a while? 

The DOL’s changes to the FLSA white collar overtime exemption regulations aren’t just going to be a financial headache for employers; they’re also going to be a managerial dilemma.

If the final rule resembles anything close to the DOL’s proposal — which would crank up the minimum salary threshold for all exempt employees to $50K (or at least $47K) — large chunks of some companies’ workforces are about to go from exempt to non-exempt.

Financial implications aside, that creates a huge management problem: The change in classification could feel like a demotion to employees.

They’ll blame the DOL, right?

If you think employees will curse the Obama Administration for what could essentially be an overnight change in their work arrangements/classifications, you’re in for disappointment.

Odds are the average worker’s going to blame you, their employer. After all, not everyone keeps up to date with what the feds are doing. So, on its face, the shift from exempt to non-exempt status may come off looking like something your company did for its own benefit — unless you’re willing to set the record straight right now.

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Tip Tuesday! Here’s what trashing resumes, applications can cost you

by Christian Schappel

A recent settlement of an EEOC lawsuit is a powerful reminder of just how important it is to retain job seekers’ application materials — and what it can cost if you fail to. 

Last fall, HR Morning reported that Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mobile, an Alabama-based subsidiary of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, was being sued by the EEOC.

The agency claimed that soda maker and bottler twice violated federal law when it refused to hire Martina Owes.

Specifically, the EEOC accused Coca-Cola of:

  • Sex discrimination. The EEOC claimed Coke violated the Civil Rights Act when it refused to hire Owes. It said the company hired two less-qualified men to fill vacant warehouse positions over Owes, despite the fact that she had all of the warehouse and forklift experience required for the positions.
  • Recordkeeping violations. The agency also claimed Coke violated federal recordkeeping requirements by not preserving all of the application materials related to those positions.

The agency sued only after attempts to reach a settlement through its conciliation process failed.

But, apparently, Coke had a change of heart while preparing its defense strategy. The EEOC just announced that it has reached a settlement with the Mobile bottling plant.

What’s it going to cost?

Coca-Cola has agreed to pay Owes $35,000 to settle all the charges against it.

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