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DOL Fiduciary Rule Will Become Effective June 9, 2017 as Scheduled

The DOL recently dashed all hope of a reprieve on the June 9, 2017 effective date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule and portions of related prohibited transactions, and provided additional guidance to fiduciaries for the transition...more

Trying to Hit a Moving Target — Practical Advice for Mitigating Litigation Risk under the DOL Fiduciary Rule

Over the past year, the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule and Prohibited Transaction Exemptions have been the subject of tremendous activity and media coverage. With the Trump administration, the future of the Rule has...more

Fiduciary Rule Delayed By 60 Days

On April 4, 2017, less than a week before the scheduled applicability date, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) announced a 60-day extension of its fiduciary guidance published April 8, 2016: the revised definition of a...more

Executive Action Regarding Dodd-Frank and the Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered a review of the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) Conflict of Interest Rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) scheduled to become effective April 10, 2017, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

DOL Publishes Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption for Insurance Intermediaries

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published in the Federal Register the Proposed Best Interest Contract Exemption for Insurance Intermediaries. The proposed exemption generally permits insurance...more

Litigation Alert: Leasing Property Isn’t “Automatic” Trade or Business for PBGC Liability; Asset Purchasers Generally Not Liable...

When a single-employer defined benefit plan is terminated with insufficient assets to pay its benefit obligations, the plan sponsor and members of the sponsor’s controlled group are held jointly and severally liable to the...more

IRS Lays Out Plan for Maintaining Tax Qualification for Individually-Designed Plans after Elimination of the Determination Letter...

On June 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Revenue Procedure 2016-37, which modifies the Determination Letter Program for tax-qualified plans and the requirements for when plan amendments must be adopted by...more

Individuals Granted Profits Interests Are Treated as Partners, Not Employees

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued temporary and final regulations, effective May 4, 2016, clarifying the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a disregarded entity (the “Final...more

Federal Regulator Issues Proposed Rule Aimed at Incentive Compensation Policies of Banking Organizations

On April 21, 2016, the National Credit Union Administration (collectively, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,...more

DOL Issues Long-Awaited Final Regulations Defining 'Fiduciary' and Related PTEs

On April 6, 2016, the DOL issued long-awaited final regulations that define who is an investment advice fiduciary for purposes of the ERISA, along with coordinating prohibited transaction exemptions. These rules largely track...more

Litigation Alert: Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability Although Each Had Less Than 80% Ownership

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund - It’s Part 2 of one of the most important withdrawal liability cases in a decade… - In 2013, the First Circuit issued the...more

Courts Reject ERISA-Based Participation and Vesting Challenges to Top Hat Plans

ERISA Sections 201, 301 and 401 provide exclusions from ERISA's substantive protections for "top hat" plans, which are unfunded plans maintained by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for...more

SEC Narrowly Adopts Contentious CEO Pay-Ratio Rule

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a long-awaited and contentious rule that requires most public companies to disclose the ratio of their CEO’s annual pay as compared with...more

IRS Overhauls Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Plans

On July 21, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Announcement 2015-19, which significantly limits the circumstances under which the IRS will accept determination letter applications for individually designed...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Clawback of Incentive Compensation

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the long-awaited proposed rules to implement section 10D of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as added by section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

IRS Provides Helpful Updates to Retirement Plan Correction Program

The IRS has issued Revenue Procedures 2015-27 and 2015-28 (“Rev. Proc. 2015-27” and “Rev. Proc. 2015-28”), which modify the IRS’ retirement plan correction programs known as the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Decision Paves Way for 401(k) Plan Lawsuits

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a unanimous decision that may pave the way for more lawsuits against ERISA plans alleging a breach of fiduciary duty regarding plan fees and choice of investment alternatives....more

SEC Pushes for Enhanced Disclosure of Pay Versus Performance

On April 29, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed regulations to implement section 14(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as added by section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

IRS Finalizes Forms and Instructions for ACA Information-Reporting Requirements

For the 2015 calendar year, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“ACA”) imposes information-reporting requirements on health insurance issuers and employers. Insurers and employers are required to report to...more

New Hybrid Pension Plan Guidance

The IRS recently issued new final and proposed regulations that provide welcome guidance to sponsors of hybrid pension plans. Hybrid pension plans, such as cash balance plans and pension equity plans, are defined benefit...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Actions Relating to Section 16 Reporting Violations

On September 10, the SEC announced enforcement actions against 28 individuals and investment companies for failing to promptly report their holdings of and transactions in public company stock. The SEC also brought charges...more

The DOMA Decision – IRS Guidance on Application to Retirement Plans

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) June 26, 2013 (U.S. v. Windsor), there have been many questions regarding the recognition of same-sex spouses for qualified retirement...more

Litigation Alert: Trust/Owner Not 'Trade or Business' for Withdrawal Liability Purposes

Pacific Coast Shipyards Pension Fund v. Nautical Engineering, Inc. - On January 13, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (the "District Court") granted a motion to dismiss, holding that...more

ISS Accepting Peer Group Updates Until December 9

Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. (“ISS”) recently announced it will accept updates to certain companies’ self-selected peer groups until 5 p.m. EST, December 9, 2013. All companies in the Russell 3000 index with...more

11/26/2013  /  ISS

IRS Permits Mid-Year Changes to 401(k) Safe Harbor Contributions

On November 14, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations that permit mid-year reductions or suspensions of safe harbor nonelective contributions, and that modify the rules permitting mid-year reductions or...more

11/19/2013  /  401k , IRS , Retirement Plan , Safe Harbors
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