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401(k) Sponsors Say Their Plan is OK, but They Really Have No Idea

When I was dating my wife, she asked me if I had a good credit score and I said I did. I never checked my credit score, but I paid all my bills in full and on time. Of course when I got a copy of my credit report, my credit...more

Trek Beyond To The Future of 401(k) Plans

While I prefer Star Wars, I still have an affinity for Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future was a hopeful one while the science fiction genre prior to his tome had a bleak future. The original series and the...more

ISS Survey Results Regarding Pay-for-Performance and Say-on-Pay Frequency

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), the influential proxy advisory firm, recently released their 2016-2017 Global Policy Survey results. These results show some interesting findings related to executive...more

Do You Know Who Your Employees Are? Joint Employer Liability Under the FLSA and Other Employment Laws

As private equity firms become more involved in the operations of their portfolio companies, they are increasingly at risk of being deemed joint employers of their portfolio companies’ employees, leaving private equity firms...more

UK Regulators Consult on Compensation Guidance

The Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority published proposed revised guidance on remuneration, principally to bring their guidance into line with the European Banking Authority's Guidelines on...more

Plan Sponsors Should Know Their “Hat” as Retirement Plan Fiduciaries

I love baseball jerseys and I also love New Era on-field Major League Baseball hats. Speaking of hats, a retirement plan sponsor wears many hats when they main a retirement plan. Plan sponsors know they wear the hat of the...more

Double-Breasted Company Owners, Officers Can Be Indicted for Underpaying Benefit Contributions

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts held in September that the shareholders and officers of a double-breasted construction company can be indicted and could go to prison if the government proves they...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Hacking Law That Can’t Hack It - For 30 years and counting, courts have struggled with the vagaries of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal law...more

The Laurita Rules for 401(k) Plan Providers.

Once upon a time in the 401(k) world, I knew a man named Richard A. Laurita. I worked with Rich (as his friends called him) for two different third party administration (TPAs) firms for over 9 years and he had the most...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Improve Their Plan At Little Cost

There are many ways that a retirement plan sponsor can improve their 401(k) plan, but they usually balk when it comes to the time and the money needed to rectify it. With so many issues regarding their business especially the...more

Retirement Plan “Hustlers” That Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

There are three important rules of life in the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than...more

Concerns For Who You Pick As Your 401(k)’s TPA

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for a third party administrator (TPA). It gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney working...more

District Court Rules on ERISA Liability of Board and ESOP Advisory Committee Members in ESOP Transactions

On Sept. 1, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued its decision in the Antioch employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) fiduciary litigation. The court held that the Antioch Board of Directors...more

New Nasdaq Rule Requires Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors and Nominees

Effective August 1, 2016, companies listed on Nasdaq are subject to a new rule requiring annual disclosure of the material terms of agreements or arrangements between directors or director nominees and third parties that...more

Ten Key Legal Issues to Consider When Moving Stateside

Stateside - Even before the uncertainties following the Brexit referendum result, a move to the U.S. was an attractive proposition for high growth UK businesses. Common language, similar culture, access to capital and a...more

Mistakes A Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid Making

The history of business is littered with big companies making huge mistakes that either forced them out of business or made them quite smaller. Just ask Kodak, who did nothing with the fact that they invented the first...more

What Makes A 401(k) Plan A Target For Litigation

I’ve always been a big fan of 1970’s cinema and one forgotten classic is The Sting, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw. The title to the movie refers to the exact moment when the con artist finishes the...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016 #3

Another Publicly Traded Firm Sanctioned by SEC For Allegedly Undercutting Whistleblower Protections Through Severance Agreements: Health Net, Inc., a formerly publicly traded company whose securities were registered with the...more

A lifeboat with conditions: new guidance from the PPF

The Pension Protection Fund (“PPF”) has updated its approach to employer restructuring guidance and its general guidance for restructuring and insolvency professionals. These documents set out certain criteria that should be...more

What 401(k) Plan Sponsors Shouldn’t Forget

It’s easy to forget things. Heck, half of the things my wife tells me to do is forgotten by the afternoon. My wife often suggests that I keep a list of things I need to do so I don’t forget. Of course, I forget to keep lists....more

You Might Have A Problem With Your 401(k) Plan When….

There are many situations in life when you clearly have a problem such as leaving the stove on when you leave home, or when the next-door neighbor leased the house to a rock band looking for a place to practice. When it comes...more

Case Note: The Underfunded Union Pension Plan and Asset Purchase Agreements

In a decision handed down by the Seventh Circuit on June 24, 2016, the court warned that a lack of familiarity with the concept of withdrawal liability cannot be used by a buyer of business assets as an excuse to avoid...more

Focus on Incentive Pay Practices?: A Message from the Regulators

Incentive pay is an important part of compensation packages. It allows employers to reward those employees who perform well (and show those employees who do not that under-performing will have negative consequences). ...more

Acquired Fund Fee Expenses and Business Development Companies

The requirement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for registered open-end funds to disclose “acquired fund fees and expenses” (“AFFE”) of other funds they invest in, including business development...more

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