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Essentials of Retirement Planning by Eric Robbins

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CHAPTER 7

Coverage, Eligibility, and Participation Rules

Introduction

Shouldn’t employers be able to offer whatever benefits they want to whichever employees they want? In a perfect world, where employers always have their employees’ best interests in mind, this could be left to self-supervision. The reality is that left unchecked, many large employers would probably continue to offer a plan for attraction and retention purposes, but they would slant the plan in favor of the executives. Small businesses would certainly slant the plans in favor of employee-owners. Knowing these tendencies and seeing them in practice, regulators have installed a series of checks and balances to ensure that plan offerings are fair for the little guy and that offerings ...

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