Fiduciary 101 – Responsibilities of being a plan sponsor or administrator
Abstract: Fiduciary responsibility. It’s a term used a lot, but what does it really mean? Many plan sponsors don’t fully understand the scope of their fiduciary responsibilities. Yet failing to comply with ERISA’s fiduciary requirements can affect the company that sponsors the plan — and even result in significant personal liability and penalties. This article reviews the basics of who is considered a fiduciary and what actions a fiduciary should and should not take.