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Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Make Sure Steak Goes With The Sizzle

So as a retirement plan provider or referring one to your plan sponsor clients, concentrate on those that are competent, rather than those who have flashy websites, or vague promises that their TPA services integrate with...more

Russia: Remuneration System of the Bank Employees Is on Its Way to Rehabilitation

The RF Central Bank reconsidered the remuneration system of bank employees such that their remunerations will depend on the financial results of the bank’s activity. The RF Central Bank instruction No. 154-? (the...more

Don't entrust companies named Hydra with your bank info

Hail Hydra? No thanks If you’ve watched a Captain America movie before, you’ll know that the name Hydra means bad news. Turns out they were onto something. The Hydra Group, a group of three people that operated a...more

ERISA: 2nd Circuit — Tough to Appeal District Court’s ERISA Remand Order

What happens when the district court orders a remand to the ERISA plan administrator? Can you appeal it? It depends on the circuit. FACTS: Mead sought ERISA-governed long term disability benefits, which were...more

ERISA Litigation Review

The courts have been busy in 2014, addressing a variety of issues in the employee benefits field in decisions that impact everyone from union travelers to ESOP fiduciaries. This advisory summarizes a selection of the 2014...more

Tales of a Former TPA Attorney

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

Larger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers May Be On The Horizon

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration will seek to remove the $1.6 million cap on rewards to whistleblowers who provide evidence of criminal conduct by financial executives under the 1989 Financial...more

Dutch Tax Plan 2015 and other changes in Dutch tax law

Today, the Dutch Ministry of Finance published its Tax Plan 2015 (hereinafter: Tax Plan). The Tax Plan primarily has an impact on citizens of the Netherlands, especially employees. The impact for the business community...more

The Ambushed Fiduciary: Does Authority over a Corporate Account Cross the Line?

Corporate officers can wear two hats under ERISA: the corporate officer hat or the ERISA fiduciary hat. Actions taken wearing the corporate officer hat are traditionally not fiduciary functions. The courts recognize...more

Plan Prospecting Tools only show you part of a Plan’s problem

As a retirement plan provider, tools like Brightscope, fi360, Fiduciary Benchmarks, and FRA Plan Tools among others, are great resources to prospect prospective clients....more

Fannie Mae Announces Selling Guide Updates

On August 26, Fannie Mae issued Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-11, which advises that Fannie Mae is retiring two standard Fannie Mae ARM plans—ARM Plan 1445 and ARM Plan 1446—because certain revisions to Regulation Z and...more

A Good Plan Sponsor is the key to a Good Retirement Plan

I was a fit at my old law firm sort of like how my son’s toddler clothes fit him at age 7. I wasn’t a good fit because I didn’t take myself too seriously, I tried to push for flat fee billing, and I tried to break down...more

Federal Court Finds No Willful Violation for Misclassification of Mortgage Loan Officers

A federal court in Oklahoma delivered another blow to claims by mortgage loan officers that they are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In Chapman v. BOK Financial Corporation, the court...more

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's...more

ERISA Applied to Deferred Compensation Plan

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found in Tolbert v. RBC Capital Markets that a nonqualified deferred compensation plan was an "employee pension benefit plan" under the Employee Retirement Income...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter

Editor's Overview - As the summer draws to a close, no one would fault you if you missed the Fourth Circuit's decision in Tatum v. RJR Pension Investment Committee, which was published on August 4th. However, plan...more

New Money Market Fund Rules Require Review by Retirement Plan Sponsors

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently amended the rules governing money market funds in an effort to increase the stability and liquidity of these funds in times of economic stress. Money market funds...more

Retirement Plan Professionals That Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

In the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side, there are 3 important rules of life to follow: “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...more

Where Oh Where Could They Be? Finding Missing Participants Under the New DOL Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued updated guidance on locating missing participants in a terminated defined contribution plan. The guidance reflects the discontinuance of the IRS and SSA letter forwarding...more

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased...more

Former Analyst Claims Moody’s Falsely Inflated Ratings

Former Moody’s analyst, Ilya Kolchinsky, has accused the credit rating powerhouse of overstating its ratings for countless toxic mortgage-backed securities that caused the financial meltdown in 2008, misleading investors and...more

Monthly Benefits Update

On August 8, President Obama signed legislation that extends certain “pension smoothing” provisions in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act that was signed in 2012. This pension funding relief will...more

Plan Administration Changes in New Alberta Pension Legislation: Make Sure You Are in Compliance (Part I of II)

The new Employment Pension Plans Act (EPPA) and the accompanying Employment Pension Plans Regulation (EPPR), which came into force on September 1, 2014, are reforming the pension regulatory landscape in Alberta. In...more

Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Public Sector Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits

As covered in more detail in a separate alert, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Kanerva v. Weems by a 6-1 margin that state-subsidized retiree health coverage premiums are subject to the pension protection clause of the...more

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