Plan sponsors are increasingly looking for investment advisors who can shoulder some of the fiduciary burden related to offering employee retirement plans. More frequently they are turning to companies that offer fiduciary coverage under section 3(21)(A) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

“There’s definitely an uptick in having an independent entity sign off as a fiduciary along with the plan sponsor,” said Chris Reagan, managing director and practice leader for Mesirow Financial’s Retirement Plan Advisory Group. The number of plan sponsors interested in such an advisor has increased as the number of class action lawsuits filed by plan participants against their retirement plans has risen, he added.

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