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July 11, 2006
Today's sponsor: ASC & The ASC Institute

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ASC helps retirement plan professionals increase efficiency and profitability through its software systems, documents and education. Software includes DC 401(k) administration & valuation, Defined Benefit, Compliance Testing, DV Direct daily valuation, AIM case management and more. With ASCi plan documents you can quickly and easily create customized prototype/volume submitter plan documents, efficiently maintain historical plan information, create complete amendment packages for all your clients at one time and more. Click to learn more or email sales@asc-net.com.

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Text of IRS Notice 2006-65: Excise Taxes for Participating in Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions (PDF)
8 pages; applies to tax-exempt organizations, including tax-qualified pension plans and IRAs. Excerpt: "The managers of these entities, and in some cases the entities themselves, can be subject to excise taxes if the entity is a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction. Prohibited tax shelter transactions include transactions that are identified by the [IRS] as potentially abusive 'listed' tax avoidance transactions ..." (Internal Revenue Service)

Another Question is Answered in the Who's the Employer Q&A Column
Is the following a controlled group: a C Corporation is owned by 2 sisters (the first owns 77% and the second owns 23%). The first sister is a 99% limited partner in a partnership; the corporation is the 1% General Partner. The corporation sells household remodeling items; the partnership installs the items. (BenefitsLink.com)

Towers Perrin U.S. Legislative Tracking Chart: Retirement (July 7, 2006) (PDF)
19 pages. Excerpt: "Summary: These charts summarize selected federal legislation that would affect employer benefit programs. The bills included on the charts are based on judgments regarding the prominence of the issue, the likelihood of enactment, and the influence of the sponsors." (Towers Perrin)

Massachusetts Pension Fund Holds $300M in Sudan-linked Companies
Excerpt: "The Massachusetts state worker pension fund holds investments totaling more than $300 million in overseas companies that do business in Sudan, an African country that has a violence-ridden Darfur region accused of genocide, The Boston Globe reported." (PLANSPONSOR.com; one-time registration required)

The Hewitt 401(k) Index (tm) Observations -- June 2006 Index Activity Over Time
Excerpt: "401(k) participants focused much of their 401(k) transfer activity on moving from equity to fixed-income funds in June, according to the results of the Hewitt 401(k) Index." (Hewitt Associates)


Links to Items on Executive Comp, Benefits in General

Towers Perrin U.S. Legislative Tracking Chart: Human Resources (July 7, 2006) (PDF)
10 pages. Excerpt: "Summary: These charts summarize selected federal legislation that would affect employer benefit programs. The bills included on the charts are based on judgments regarding the prominence of the issue, the likelihood of enactment, and the influence of the sponsors." (Towers Perrin)

Opinion: Molly Ivins Speaks on 'The Politics of Greed'
Excerpt: "[F]or those who have been following the collapse of the pension system, please note a series in The Wall Street Journal by Ellen Schultz taking a hard look at executive pension obligations: ..." (Truthdig)


We thank and invite your attention to our additional sponsor: The Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits at The John Marshall Law School

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Are you working in human resources? Are you dealing with health insurance plans or pension benefits? Learn how you can broaden your experience with an M.S. degree (for non-lawyers) or LL.M degree (for attorneys) in employee benefits from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago during an information session from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 2. Learn how these unique programs can help advance your career.

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Newly Posted Events
(Post Yours!)

2007 Employee Ownership Conference
in California on March 21, 2007
presented by National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the Beyster Institute

Consumer-Driven Health: Latest Trends and Case Study
Nationwide on July 20, 2006
presented by International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

Get the Most out of your ESOP
in Washington on October 16, 2006
presented by National Center for Employee Ownership

NCCMP Annual Conference 2006
in Florida on November 11, 2006
presented by National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans

Pay for Performance: Love It or Hate It, Know How to Deal With It
Nationwide on September 13, 2006
presented by Deloitte

Pension Funding and Accounting Reform: Which Way Will the Wind Blow?
Nationwide on September 6, 2006
presented by Deloitte

The Retirement Plan Marketplace: Key Trends That You Can Leverage
Nationwide on July 20, 2006
presented by Deloitte


Newly Posted Press Releases
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Letter Urges Consideration of the Health Care Choice Act
(Council for Affordable Health Insurance)

About a Third of Those Married/Living with a Partner Say They Agree on What They Should Save for Retirement
(Wall Street Journal)

Business Roundtable Releases New Research That Sets the Record Straight on Executive Compensation
(Business Roundtable)

Perspective Partners Introduces TANDM-401(k)
(Metrics Partners)

Fiserv ISS and Presidium Retirement Advisers Inc. Launch New Collective Investment Funds
(Target Marketing Solutions, Inc.)


Newly Posted or Renewed Job Openings
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401(k) Plan Administrator
for Pollard & Associates, Inc.
in MD

Assistant Pension Administrator
for Pollard & Associates, Inc.
in MD

Actuarial Analyst
for RSM McGladrey Retirement Resources
in IL

Senior Actuarial Analyst
for RSM McGladrey Retirement Resources
in IL

Consulting Associate
for RSM McGladrey Retirement Resources
in MN

Employee Benefits Attorney
for Frost Brown Todd LLC
in OH

Senior Communications Consultant
for New York Life Investment Management LLC
in NJ

Regional Vice President - Third Party Administrator
for Zenith Administrators
in WA

Regional Vice President - Third Party Administrator (CA)
for Zenith Administrators
in CA

Major Account Sales Representative
for Ceridian
in ANY STATE

Marketing & Communications Specialist
for BWD Group LLC
in NY

Account Executive
for The Principal Financial Group
in MI

Client Services Director
for The Principal Financial Group
in TN

Pension Administrator
for Hinsdale, Illinois Pension Consultant
in IL

HR Technology Administrator
for Vanguard
in PA

Manager, Employee Benefits
for MTA- New York City Transit
in NY

Manager, Cost Management and Analysis
for MTA- New York City Transit
in NY




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