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DOL Proposes 18-Month Fiduciary Rule Delay; Issues New Guidance

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced additional delays to major aspects of its fiduciary rule by proposing to extend certain transition period deadlines and applicability dates by 18 months. If finalized, full...more

Labor Department’s Fiduciary Rule Impacts Investment Managers

The fiduciary rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) is one of the major developments in employee benefits law in recent years. The rule aims to reduce and regulate conflicts of interest related to paid investment...more

DOL Asks Public for More Input on Fiduciary Rule and Exemptions

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a request for information (RFI) in the form of 18 questions regarding its fiduciary rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs). The RFI was issued approximately...more

ERISA ‘Church Plan’ Exemption Applies to Religiously Affiliated Hospital Plans

In a victory for religiously affiliated hospitals sponsoring defined benefit (DB) plans, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 5 that such plans need not have been originally established by churches to be exempt from ERISA....more

No Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule’s June 9 Applicability Date; Additional Guidance Issued

Earlier this week, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta indicated in a Wall Street Journal op-ed article that there will be no further delay as to the parts of the fiduciary rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) that...more

DOL Finalizes 60-Day Delay of Fiduciary Rule Applicability

On April 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) formally adopted its previously proposed 60-day delay of the applicability date of its fiduciary conflict-of-interest rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs). The...more

DOL Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Fiduciary Rule

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a temporary enforcement policy related to its recently proposed 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 applicability date of its fiduciary conflict-of-interest rule and related...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay of Applicability Date for Fiduciary Rule

On March 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 applicability date of its fiduciary conflict-of-interest rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs). The delay was...more

DOL Issues First Wave of Fiduciary Rule Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued long-awaited guidance in the form of answers to 34 frequently asked questions (the FAQs) on its final rule (the Rule) for determining when a party is a fiduciary, by virtue...more

IRS Updates Correction Program for Retirement Plans

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-51 (the 2016 RP) to provide revised procedures for its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) – the system through which plan sponsors can correct errors in the form...more

DOL Delivers Final Fiduciary Investment Advice Rule

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule revamping the standards for determining when a party is a fiduciary with respect to an ERISA retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA) by...more

Supreme Court: ERISA Pre-empts Vermont’s Health Data Collection Law as Applied to Self-Insured Health Plans

In Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., No. 14-181, 2016 U.S. LEXIS 1612 (Mar. 1, 2016), the U.S. Supreme Court held that ERISA pre-empts Vermont’s “all-payer database” law – to the extent it is applied to self-insured health...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Congress Grants Retroactive Transit Parity, IRS Issues Payroll Guidance

As discussed in a prior WorkCite article, the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (the Act) permanently removed the disparity between the taxation of (i) commuter vehicle/transit benefits and (ii) qualified...more

Central States Pension Fund Submits Plan for Reducing Benefits

On Sept. 25, 2015, the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Plan (Central States), submitted to the Department of the Treasury a plan for reducing benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014...more

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Issues Final Regulations on Reportable Events

Earlier this month, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued final regulations on reportable events under ERISA in connection with defined benefit pension plans and their sponsors (the Final Regulations). The...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Participant Voting Requirement for Benefit Suspensions under MPRA

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed and temporary regulations (collectively, the Guidance) under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). As discussed in an earlier WorkCite...more

Ninth Circuit: Multiemployer Plan Calling Unpaid Contributions “Plan Assets” Does Not Make Persons Controlling Contribution...

The Ninth Circuit recently held that a multiemployer pension plan (MEP) cannot label unpaid contributions as “plan assets” so as to impose ERISA fiduciary status on persons controlling the payment of employer contributions to...more

IRS, PBGC Issue Guidance on Multiemployer Plan Benefit Suspensions and Plan Partitions

Yesterday the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued temporary, proposed and interim final regulations and a revenue procedure (collectively, the Guidance) under the...more

The DOL’s New Proposal on ERISA Fiduciary Status for Investment Advisers

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its widely anticipated re-proposed rules for defining fiduciary status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for providers of investment advice...more

IRS Provides New Flexibility to Correct Retirement Plan Errors

The IRS recently issued important updates to its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). The updates are contained in Revenue Procedures 2015-27 and 2015-28. ...more

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Reminds ERISA Fiduciaries to Monitor Service Providers

In August 2014, GRQ Investment Management, LLC (GRQ) sued Financial Engines, Inc. and Financial Engines Advisors, LLC (collectively, Financial Engines), alleging that Financial Engines’ sale of account management and advisory...more

“Cromnibus Act” Changes for Multiemployer and Single-Employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (the so-called “Cromnibus Act”), enacted into law last week, is not just a $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps most of the federal government open through...more

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