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BaFin establishes new whistleblower reporting

On 2 July 2016, the German Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht - BaFin) introduced a new reporting platform for whistleblowers of financial sector institutions under BaFin's...more

Individually Designed Retirement Plans and the New IRS Determination Letter Program

A qualified retirement plan (hereinafter a “Plan”) must satisfy the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) in form and in operation. In other words, the documents establishing and governing the Plan must satisfy...more

Pension Income Stream Products Worry FINRA

Some SEC-registered broker-dealers connect individuals wishing to cash in on their future pension payments with potential investors in such income streams. In April, the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA)...more

Lies that 401(k) Plan Providers May Tell You

I’m a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac (the Stevie Nicks-Lindsey Buckingham years) and was able to see them twice on their last tour. One of my favorite songs of theirs is Little Lies. Christine McVie, who never gets the credit she...more

An Analysis of Nasdaq’s “Golden Leash” Disclosure Rule

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved, on an accelerated basis, Nasdaq’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires Nasdaq-listed U.S. companies to publicly disclose any arrangements or agreements...more

DOL Significantly Increases Some Penalties for ERISA Violations

Under the Federal Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Inflation Adjustment Act), the US Department of Labor (DOL) increased the penalties for specified violations of the Employee...more

Eighth Circuit Refuses to Open Golden Parachute for Bank Exec

A new decision from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirms the challenge presented by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) "golden parachute" prohibitions for boards of directors of banks in "troubled...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 3: Don’t Fear the (409A) Reaper

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Pension Consultant Found Not to be an ERISA Fiduciary

The Tenth Circuit held that a pension plan consultant, who misstated the amount of monthly pension payments that a pension plan participant would receive in retirement, was not a fiduciary under ERISA. Plaintiffs Trent...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule-Making Overreach? Stay Tuned for the Judgment of the Courts

In April, the Department of Labor issued new regulations under ERISA related to individuals who offer investment advice to ERISA plans, their fiduciaries, or participants for a fee. The DOL now says that a fiduciary is...more

Private Investment Fund Managers and Other Investment Advisers May Be Affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary...

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated final rule addressing when a person is considered to be a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the...more

Employment Legislation Summary: 2016 Session - Connecticut General Assembly

In its 2016 session, the General Assembly passed a number of new laws affecting employers. Except as otherwise noted, the changes are effective October 1, 2016. The following material summarizes these new laws, but the...more

Appellate Division Finds c.78 Health Benefits Contributions Requirements Do Not Apply to Public Sector Disability Retirees

Last month, in Brick Twp. PBA Local 230 v. Twp. of Brick, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey confirmed that N.J.S.A. 40A:10-21.1, P.L. 2011, c. 78, § 42, more commonly known as Chapter 78, does not...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q2

We are thrilled to bring you the 2nd installment of Stinson Leonard Street's Emerging Trends newsletter. Recent Delaware Supreme Court Opinion Limits General Personal Jurisdiction for Foreign Corporation - Recent...more

IRS Issues Guidance on Changes to Determination Letter Program for Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-37, which sets forth in detail the significant changes to the IRS’s determination letter program for qualified retirement plans, which we have written about...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rules: Court Challenges and Considerations for Employers

Employers and their financial advisors should consider enacting a multi-step plan amid anticipation that the proposed ERISA Fiduciary Rules turn effective. Last month, several business groups filed a complaint in the...more

401(k) Litigation Overkill?

The landscape for the retirement plan business has radically changed since when I first started in 1998. Normal courses of business such as revenue sharing and non-transparency of fees were the order of the day. No one cared...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, 2016, after more than 15 years of ongoing deliberations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (the Dept. of Treasury) issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code),...more

Nasdaq Adopts “Golden Leash” Director Compensation Disclosure Requirement

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) has adopted a new rule that will require each Nasdaq-listed company to publicly disclose compensation or other payments by third parties to any current director or nominee for director in...more

IRS Proposes Modifications to Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations under Section 409A

In general, proposed rulemaking issued in December 2008 with respect to income inclusion under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (available here) provides that if there is a Section 409A violation...more

Pension Fund Health-Check Required

The recent furore over the collapse of high street retailer BHS has caused fierce debate over whether companies, or their ultimate owners, are responsible for the upkeep of a pension plan. For private equity, the debate has...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

State Court Retroactive Change to IRA Beneficiary Not Given Tax Effect by IRS

A decedent had 2 IRAs. The death beneficiaries of the IRAs were trusts that qualified as "look through" trusts, such that the payout period for the IRAs after the decedent died could be computed using the life expectancy of...more

When it’s time to go

Like George Costanza who always tried to leave on  a high note in an episode of  Seinfeld, I always try to leave at the right time. Most of the time, it’s the right time. Sometimes it’s like the last episode of Breaking Bad. ...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

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