Thumbnail cover of PKF Texas' Fiduciary Fraud Checklist for retirement plansSeveral of our clients have inquired about a fraud checklist they can use for their retirement plans, so we’ve developed a handy tool for companies to reference. The goal for using PKF Texas’ Fiduciary Fraud Checklist is to help mitigate fraud, risk and errors and avoid negative consequences, such as money being stolen. Audit Senior

Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m here with Kristin Ryan, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Employee Benefit Plan Team. Kristin, welcome back to The Playbook.

Kristin: Thanks. Good to be back.

Jen: So, in the past, we’ve talked about fiduciaries, risk, that kind of thing, and I’ve heard that there’s been some litigation against fiduciaries. What kind of issues are you seeing in this space right now?


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Jen: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back once again with Kristin Ryan, an Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of the PKF Texas Employee Benefit Plan audit team. Kristin, welcome back to the Playbook.

Kristin: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

Jen: Well, with all the M&A activities starting to happen and expected to ramp up, how does that impact benefit plans and sponsors’ and fiduciaries’ decisions regarding plans?


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There has been a trend of increased litigation over the reasonableness of retirement plan fees, which is impacted by a lack of fiduciary responsibility. PKF Texas Audit Senior Manager, Kristin Ryan, CPA, recently published an article on the Houston Business Journal website discussing important considerations plan sponsors should be thinking about.

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In her article, Kristin

After careful planning and collaboration with the Employee Benefit Plan Audit and Consulting niche team, PKF Texas hosted its first virtual Zoom webinar during the COVID-19 pandemic, “Retirement Plans: Navigating Recent Law Changes & Using Them to Your Advantage,” on June 25, 2020.

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The webinar featured Kristin Ryan, CPA, PKF Texas; Carl Gillette, Aon; and Brian Giovannini, Haynes and Boone, LLP, where they discussed:

  • Key provisions of the CARES Act, SECURE Act and other regulatory updates
  • Retirement plans design considerations and best practices
  • Implementation and potential roadblocks


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Russ: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here once again with Kristin Ryan, Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ employee benefit plan team. Kristin, welcome back to the Playbook.

Kristin: Thank you. Glad to be here.

Russ: Okay, so, I understand we’re going to talk today about the SECURE Act?

Kristin: That’s right. So, the SECURE Act has been a big buzz lately. It was signed on December 20th by the President, and the over-arching goal is to encourage participation in plans and retirement savings.

Russ: Well, I always think the way to encourage participation is have company matching funds. Is that right?


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There was a full house for our first employee benefit plan seminar of the year, “Engaging and Communicating with Your Employees,” on Thursday, February 6, 2020, featuring speaker, Monirah Bacnik, founder and CEO of brand28. Employee engagement is a universal topic companies and organizations want to address and improve, and Bacnik delivered an energetic and colorful presentation.

Bacnik focused on introducing and providing examples of effective communication strategies to engage a multi-generational workforce. She also provided an interactive workbook for attendees to follow along with her presentation, where they can fill in their personal thoughts and goals for employee engagement.


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Russ: This is the PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Russ Capper, this week’s guest host, and I’m here once again with Kristin Ryan, Audit Senior Manager and one of the faces of PKF Texas’ employee benefit plan team. Kristin, welcome back to the Playbook.

Kristin: Thank you. Glad to be here.

Russ: Okay, so, I understand we’re going to talk today about the SECURE Act?

Kristin: That’s right. So, the SECURE Act has been a big buzz lately. It was signed on December 20th by the President, and the over-arching goal is to encourage participation in plans and retirement savings.

Russ: Well, I always think the way to encourage participation is have company matching funds. Is that right?


Continue Reading The SECURE Act – What You Need to Know