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Plan administrators cannot “undo” negligent representation

It is well established from the case law that a pension plan administrator may be susceptible to legal claims where inaccurate or unclear information has been communicated to plan beneficiaries.

 

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The prodigal pension plan member

It’s one of those pension administration nightmares – someone of pensionable age shows up at your door claiming he was an employee 20 years ago and asks for his pension. There is some evidence of employment, but no record of a pension entitlement. As a fiduciary you cannot pay out benefits unless someone is clearly entitled, so you ask the person for some proof of the pension entitlement. At this point the person may give up; but your sense of relief is overshadowed by concerns that your record keeping did not allow you to be as certain as you might have been in disposing of the claim. On the other hand, if he doesn’t give up, it will likely be an even more costly, time-consuming and frustrating exercise.

 

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Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises: what to do about defined benefit plans?

Is your company making the transition to Accounting Standards for Private Enterprises (CICA Handbook, Part II)? Do you have employees in a defined benefit pension plan? You should know that the Accounting Standards Board has approved amendments to CICA 1500, “First-time adoption” and Section 3461, “Employee future benefits”…

 

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Governance planning vs. governance plans

Contrary to popular wisdom, lawyer Ronald A. Pink says that planning is not always in an organization’s best interest. Now let me give you some context…

 

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Pension reforms are coming to Ontario (and Canada, too)

But who’s going to explain them to you? Or maybe more importantly, who’s going to explain whether the changes mean anything to you?

 

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