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August 8, 2000

Questions Abound About Forced Savings
Excerpt: "Negative election, as it is known, is a powerful concept. Regulators in the Treasury and Labor Departments are urging employers to implement automatic enrollment. Currently, less than 5 percent of 401(k) plans offer automatic enrollment, but many employers are considering the idea ..." (Knight-Ridder / Tribune)

Final Plan Loan Regs Issued; More Proposed Regs Address New Issues
Excerpt: "IRS has issued final and proposed regs relating to the tax treatment of loans from qualified retirement plans to plan participants and beneficiaries. The final regs retain the general structure and substance of earlier proposed regs issued in 1995 and 1998, but change a number of specific provisions. IRS also issued new proposed regs that would cover multiple loan situations." (RIA Pension & Benefits Week)

Plan to Get $1.54 Million Under DOL Settlement With Pension Fund Trustees
Excerpt: "The U.S. Department of Labor has obtained a settlement requiring trustees of two pension funds for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 35 and the National Electrical Contractors Association-- through their insurer-- to repay to the funds $1.54 million in losses resulting from the plans' investments in highly risky mortgage derivatives." (U.S. Department of Labor)

Golden Years Are Bleak for Some Divorced Persons; Division of Pension Benefits Often Overlooked
Excerpt: "While it's easy to blame heartless husbands, women often make themselves vulnerable, financial planners say. Too often, they give up a portion of their ex-husband's pension or other retirement savings, such as a 401(k) plan, in exchange for the house or other immediately accessible assets. It's a choice that can cost them a secure retirement." (USA Today)

Thirty Percent of College Students Think They Will Become Millionaires in Their 40s
But only 10 percent plan to invest in their company's retirement plan! (Business Wire)

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Former Employees Refuse to Give Up Stock Options
Excerpt: "Employees who get terminated from a company before they exercise their stock options are often required to relinquish them. But many former employees are saying, 'Not so fast,' and are unwilling to give up the gift they received from the same company that is now showing them the door. Increasingly, these spurned employees are taking their cases to court." (Knight-Ridder / Tribune Business News)

The Tangled Web of Stock Option Grants
Excerpt: "Britain's rule-making Accounting Standard Board has proposed that U.K. companies charge the estimated present value of stock options against earnings-- a bold move by accountants that could wipe out the profits of some companies altogether." (Graef Crystal, on Bloomberg.com)

Job Openings Newly Posted or Reposted on EmployeeBenefitsJobs.com

Defined Benefits Specialist IIfor American Century Investments
in MO
Evenings Recordkeeping System Technicianfor The Chicago Trust Company, independent investment firm and fiduciary
in IL
Pension Administratorfor Compensation Planning Inc.
in RI
401(k) Account Executivefor Hand Benefits & Trust
in TX
Vice President/Chief Operations Officerfor Simpkins & Associates (a regional pension administration firm with Dallas opening)
in TX
401(k) Plan Integration Project Managerfor Hobbs Group, LLC Retirement Plan Services
in GA
Implementation Specialistfor Towers Perrin - Benefit Administration Services
in NJ, PA
Executive Benefits Consultantfor Compensation Resource Group, Inc.
in CA, GA, IL, NY, TX
Plan Consultantfor American Century Investments
in MO
Benefits Attorneyfor ERNST & YOUNG LLP
in IL, MN, NY, PA
Retirement Programmerfor William M. Mercer
in MA
Actuarial Analystfor William M. Mercer
in MA
Defined Contribution Plan Administratorsfor Alliance Benefit Group of Houston, Inc.
in TX
Manager, Campaign Servicesfor New York Life Benefit Services LLC
in MA
Sr. Pension Account Representativefor American National Insurance Company
in TX

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