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DOL Announces Temporary No Enforcement Policy of Fiduciary Rule

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 effective date of its (much debated) fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule – a vestige of the Obama Administration – was thought to...more

European Labour & Employment Update - March 2017

New rules have come into force concerning employees' rights to disconnect from digital devices outside normal working time. From 1 January 2017, all relevant employers must negotiate on the employees' right to have periods...more

Germany: Termination for Breach of US Regulatory Rules Not Permissible, European Labour & Employment Update

The New York State Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") required Commerzbank to terminate the employment of a Germany-based employee on the basis that he played "a central role" in the breaching of US sanctions...more

Ohio State and Federal Courts Find No Standing to Assert Technical Violations of the FCRA’s Background Check Disclosure...

Ohio courts have recently weighed in on a hotly litigated issue related to procurement of background checks on current or prospective employees: do employees have standing to sue employers where the employer fails to provide...more

Worried About the Fiduciary Rule? Don’t Be…Yet!

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01 on March 10, 2017, which outlines a temporary enforcement policy related to its final fiduciary rule. Background - On February 3, 2017,...more

Who’s on First? - Current Status of the DOL’s Fiduciary Duty Rule

On March 10, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued “Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2017-01,” notifying financial services firms that the DOL will not, “in the short term,” pursue enforcement of its proposed new...more

The thing about that Oakley thing

I’m an LA Clippers fan from Brooklyn and my wife was kind enough to score me some great seats for their game a few weeks back at Madison Square Garden through her employer. The seats were fifth row behind the basket near...more

Update – A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously reported in our February 16, 2017 blog post, “A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule,” the DOL anticipated delaying the effective date of the fiduciary rule by 180 days. ...more

Warning Signs that Your Retirement Plan Might Be In Trouble

When it comes to your health, there are warning signs when you’re about to suffer a heart attack or a stroke. If you pay attention to these warnings signs, you might avoid a serious medical emergency. While a retirement plan...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Adopting Broad Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that the Dodd-Frank Act’s definition of “whistleblower” includes not only those who disclose information...more

The Radio Shack lesson for plan providers

Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy again and is closing another 187 stores. I know the jokes and how people are puzzled that they’re still in business. However, there is a lesson here for plan providers....more

Fiduciary Regulations: New Proposed Effective Date in June

On February 3, 2017 President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of the DOL to determine whether new fiduciary regulations impair the public’s access to retirement information and financial advice. Please...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR - Spanish Pension Schemes Exempt and Updated Q&A - On 25 January, ESMA issued its opinion confirming the exemption from the EMIR clearing obligation for certain Spanish pension schemes....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Bill Ackman, not known for giving up easily, is finally throwing in the towel on Valeant (even after taking a board seat at the company) and cutting his losses after a failed “two-year bet that lost about $4 billion for his...more

Don’t hire relatives as your plan providers

I have some simple rules to live by. I never bet on the Mets, eat at a place called Mom’s, play cards with a guy named Doc, or do business with family. Yet I have come across so many financial advisors who bemoan to me...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak - March 2017

At its February 21, 2017 and March 2, 2017 meetings, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee began the process of approving bills. The following is a listing (with a brief description) of the proposed...more

ERISA's Fiduciary Rule at the Crossroads - DOL Puts the Brakes on Enforcement

At the end of last week, on March 10, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the "DOL") issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01 (the "FAB"). The FAB relates to the DOL's proposal, which was published in the Federal Register on...more

Fiduciary Rule on Hold - DOL proposes to delay application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers...

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule by 60 days. The DOL issued the proposal in response to the February 3, 2017, Presidential Memorandum...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Larry David is one of my favorite people because he created two of the greatest shows in television history: “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The shows are similar in that they depict bad ideas or bad behaviors. Curb...more

Employment Law - March 2017

Future of DOL's White Collar Overtime Rule Remains Unclear - Why it matters - The uncertainty surrounding the Department of Labor's (DOL) white collar overtime rule continues, with the agency requesting more time to...more

Capital Formation Bills Approved by House and Senate Committees

On March 9, 2017, a number of bipartisan bills designed to promote capital raising for companies were approved by the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. ...more

FINRA Proposes to Permit Use of Predictions/Projections of Investment Strategy Performance

In February, the US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) proposed amendments to its rule regarding communications with the public, Rule 2210, that would allow broker-dealers to distribute a customized...more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary Advice Rule, Requests Comments on Delay and on Costs, Benefits of the Rule

On March 2, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed extension (the "Proposal") of the effective date of what is commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule" or the "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule"). The Rule...more

Financial Services Weekly News - March 2017 #2

Editor's Note - Marching On. Notwithstanding the industry’s watch of the Senate’s confirmation of new leadership for the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the DOL proposed a delay...more

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