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A former podcast from Lockton’s ERISA Compliance Consulting team 

You’ve reached the home of ERISA is a Friend of Mine, an informal and informational podcast series that Lockton’s ERISA Compliance Consulting team produced from 2019 to 2022. Scroll down to view and listen to any of the podcast episodes. NOTE: These podcasts have not been updated since their publication dates.

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Mar 14, 2022

If ERISA compliance were as easy as baking a cake, the establishment of a plan document would be an essential step in the recipe before it goes in the oven. Plan documents are critical to permit proper administration of the plan and, thusly, keep employers out of trouble. In this episode, Ed and Scott welcome back their colleague, and former Department of Labor national office attorney, Suzanne Bach, and address:

  • What is a plan document and why is it important?
  • Can a plan “document” be comprised of multiple documents?
  • Can a plan document double as a summary plan description?
  • When it comes to asking stupid questions, should Ed or Scott really be the judge?
  • What’s the difference between a healthcare plan, a cafeteria plan, and a wrap plan?