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Second Circuit Revisits Remedies In Amara v. Cigna

The Second Circuit court of appeals held that a court can exercise its equitable powers to reform the terms of a cash balance retirement plan to provide greater benefits than stated in response to material misstatements made...more

No Fooling – Don’t Forget to Take Your First “Required Minimum Distribution” by April 1st

Generally, if you turned 70 ½ during 2014 and have a traditional IRA or other qualified retirement plan, you will need to take your first required minimum distribution (RMD) by April 1 of this year. This rule applies whether...more

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its...more

A Good Retirement Plan Doesn’t Grow On Trees

It doesn’t grow on trees, it’s not in the water, and it doesn’t happen by accident. It didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen in a vacuum, and it certainly didn’t come out of thin air. A good retirement plan takes a lot of...more

Plan Administrator’s “Second Plan Interpretation” Violates Anti-Cutback Rule

The Third Circuit held that a plan administrator’s plan interpretation requiring an actuarial reduction of certain employees’ pension benefits conflicted with the plan’s terms. As such, its decision to reduce participants’...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

Another payday loan study finds affordability and rollover limits do not benefit borrowers

We recently wrote about three studies that cast serious doubt on the benefit to payday loan borrowers of an ability-to-repay requirement, a payment-to-income (PTI) ratio ceiling, and rollover limits, three potential payday...more

Recent Guidance on Charter School Participation in State Pension Plans

In Illinois, charter school teachers and certain administrators are eligible to participate in the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF). Both of these pension systems are...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule Regarding Investigation and Verification of Registration Applicants

After seeking comments last fall, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) proposed rule governing member firms’ verification and investigation...more

Reach Out And Designate Someone?

The seemingly staid world of retirement plan beneficiary designations was surprised by a recent federal appeals court decision suggesting that a new beneficiary could be designated by a telephone call. ...more

Sometimes Networking Can Be Bad

When it comes to building a retirement plan practice, networking is an important component. Whether you are a financial advisor or a third party administrator or an auditor, placing an advertisement in the local newspaper or...more

Plenty for firms to think about as the FCA publishes its 2015/2016 Business Plan

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its business plan for 2015/2016, setting out the areas on which it intends to focus over the coming year....more

Update: Multiemployer Pension Plans volume 2

In This Issue: - Recent Developments for Multiemployer Pension Plans - Q & A - More Polsinelli MPRA Intelligence - MPRA Counseling Services - Excerpt from Recent Developments for...more

Federal District Court Dismisses Class Action Litigation Concerning 401(k) Provider’s Float Practices

In In re Fidelity ERISA Float Litigation, Case No. 13-10222 (D. Mass. Mar. 11, 2015), the district court rejected an ERISA challenge to a 401(k) plan service provider’s float practices. ...more

Attorney Who Set Up and Administered VEBA and Welfare Benefit Plans Found Liable Under ERISA

SUMMARY: Defendants set up over 500 multiple-employer death benefit plans with entities they controlled acting as the trustees. The Department of Labor (“DOL”) brought a civil action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and...more

Supreme Court Rules No Presumption of Lifetime Vesting of Retiree Health Benefits

The Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit’s long-standing Yard-Man presumption, ruling that courts should apply ordinary contract principles to determine whether benefits have vested....more

3 Reasons to Re-Evaluate Your Ethics and Compliance Program for India

The Network recently expanded our business presence in India to meet the increasing demand for our ethics and compliance solutions in that region. I will be traveling there later this year to meet with our team as well as...more

Plan Sponsor Agrees to $62 Million Settlement in ERISA Case Challenging 401(k) Plan Fees

Lockheed Martin Corp. has settled the 401(k) excessive fee litigation pending against it in federal court in Illinois....more

Can Retirees Use HSAs?

Yes – and no. A Health Savings Account (HSA) is like an IRA but for the payment of medical expenses instead of retirement income. HSA contributions are not taxed, and like IRA accounts, they belong to the employee. ...more

U.S. District Court Rules that Float Income Earned by Fidelity Is Not a Plan Asset

Four class actions were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts challenging whether float income earned on monies pending a transaction was a “plan asset.” In re Fidelity ERISA Float Income,...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Beneficiary Designation Forms Are Not Documents and Instruments Governing the Plan

In Becker v. Mays-Williams, 13-35069-cv, 2015 WL 348872 (9th Cir. Jan 28, 2015), the Ninth Circuit – in a matter of first impression – concluded that beneficiary designation forms were not “documents and instruments...more

Divorcing that TPA can be a problem

The MTV reality series The Real World ends their opening intro by stating the show tries “to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real.” As an ERISA attorney working with retirement plan...more

2014 in Review: ERISA Civil and Criminal Enforcement Activity by DOL Is Trending Upward

The Fact Sheet recently published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) documenting Fiscal Year 2014 civil and criminal enforcement activity under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) showed...more

DOL Amends Timing Requirement for Participant-Directed Plan Disclosures

The final rule gives greater leeway for the distribution deadline of annual participant disclosures. In its 2010 participant disclosure rule for participant-directed individual account plans (Regulation 404a-5), the US...more

Department of Labor Retirement Initiative Fails to Consider Current Regulatory Regime, which Comprehensively Protects Investors,...

We have prepared this white paper to address errant claims made in the Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA) report, “The Effects of Conflicted Advice on Retirement Savings” (CEA Report), regarding perceived inadequacies in the...more

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