Fiduciary Duties

Fiduciary duties

A plan must have at least one fiduciary, which can be either a person or an entity. A party can become a fiduciary when they are expressly appointed as fiduciary (generally as the plan sponsor, plan administrator, plan trustee, or member of an administrative or investment committee) or when they perform a duty that is deemed to be a fiduciary function.

As a plan sponsor, plan trustee, plan administrator or investment advisor, you may very well be a fiduciary to the plan. There are many fiduciary duties to consider, making this role very important.

In addition to the fiduciary duties outlined in the plan document, the Department of Labor provides helpful information regarding fiduciary duties on its website.


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