Business Continuity Plan Notice
GWFS Equities, Inc., a subsidiary of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company and affiliate of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York* (“the Company”) and Empower Retirement, LLC, maintains a comprehensive business continuity plan designed to respond reasonably and effectively to events that lead to significant business disruption, such as natural disasters, power outages, or other events of varying scope. This plan defines critical functions and systems, alternate work locations, vital books and records, and staff resources, and provides for the continuation of business operations with minimal impact, depending on the severity and scope of the disruption. The plan is reviewed and tested no less than once annually to ensure that the information in the plan is kept current and that documented recovery and continuity strategies adequately support its business operations. Of utmost importance to the plan is the ability for customers to maintain access to securities accounts and assets in those accounts.
In the event that one of the contact centers or back office operation facilities becomes unavailable for any reason, calls would be re-routed to one of the firm’s alternative contact center or operations facilities.
In the event of a significant business disruption to the primary office and/or data center, access to customer accounts will be provided via the Company’s Web site and voice response system, operated from an alternative data center. Customer service will continue to be provided by re-routing telephone calls to a contact center located in one or more alternative sites located outside of the region. Secure work from home solutions are available for all staff.
While no contingency plan can eliminate the risk of business interruption, or prevent temporary delays with account access, the firm’s continuity plan is intended to mitigate all reasonable risk and resume critical business operations within 24 hours or the next business day, whichever is later.
* Record keeping and administrative services are provided by Empower Retirement, LLC, and in New York, Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company of New York, or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates. Securities offered in your account may be offered through another broker/dealer firm other than GWFS Equities, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company. Please contact your investment provider for more information if needed.
This disclosure is subject to modification at any time. The most current version of this disclosure can be found on the Web site or can be obtained by requesting a written copy by mail.
BCP – GWFS Customer Notice (Ed. Feb. 2021)