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Who Requires the ERISA Bond and Why Is It Needed?

Tablet. ERISA Bond for employee benefit plan administrators.

ERISA surety bonds are a requirement of the Employment Retirement Security Act (ERISA) for fiduciaries of pension or profit sharing funds. The bonds provide employees with protection in the event that fraudulent or dishonest acts are committed by employee benefit plan administrators. The minimum surety bond amount is 10% of the plan fund balance administered by the official. The surety bond is required by federal law for all individuals who:

  • Have physical contact with cash, checks or other plan assets
  • Negotiate or transfer funds for the plan
  • Disburse funds or negotiate and execute documents on behalf of the plan
  • Exercise authority over any of the above activities

The following table outlines premiums offered for ERISA bonds up to $500,000 without a credit check required. The premiums are based on bond amounts needed and a 3 year term and are subject to satisfactory application responses. ERISA bond amounts above $500,000 require a credit check.

ERISA Compliance Bond - 3 year terms

Limit 3-year
Limit 3-year
Limit 3-year
Limit 3-year
$10,000 $100 $50,000 $179 $90,000 $239 $250,000 $327
$15,000 $108 $55,000 $188 $95,000 $245 $275,000 $347
$20,000 $117 $60,000 $197 $100,000 $250 $300,000 $367
$25,000 $129 $65,000 $206 $125,000 $263 $350,000 $387
$30,000 $140 $70,000 $214 $150,000 $277 $375,000 $397
$35,000 $150 $75,000 $221 $175,000 $290 $400,000 $407
$40,000 $160 $80,000 $228 $200,000 $303 $450,000 $427
$45,000 $170 $85,000 $234 $225,000 $313 $500,000 $450

This program has been designed to meet the ERISA Compliance Bond Requirements as mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor. In order to be eligible for the coverage, the insured plan must be non union, single employer and required to provide this bond by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Policy has inflation guard so it automatically increases to meet the DOL requirements if you purchased the appropriate amount at the time of initial purchase with no premium change. Plans where non qualified assets are more than 10% of plan value are not eligible.

How Much Will My Surety Bond Cost?

Some ERISA Bonds are offered completely online without a credit check or any paperwork. Surety Bonds Direct has access to the lowest bond prices available in the market for applicants with good credit and bad credit.

It only takes a couple minutes to provide us with the information required for a free, no-obligation quote. Or if you prefer, call 1‐800‐608‐9950 to speak with one of our friendly bond experts. We can help guide you through the bonding process and identify the lowest cost in the market for your situation.

If you are interested in spreading out the cost of your bond over time, we can offer convenient financing plans for many types of surety bonds. More information will be provided with your quote.

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