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Special Rules for Plans due to Hurricane Irma

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Announcement 2017-13, which provides guidance on the ability of qualified plans to provide plan loans and hardship distributions to people in Florida affected...more

Get rid of the bad decision makers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I was a Vice President of a synagogue once and the biggest problem I had is that the people who had a greater say that I did were the same people who turned a synagogue from 750 member families to 300. They were ineffective...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

If it bleeds, it leads. If it’s thrown out, forget about it.

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I serve as the attorney for a registered investment advisor out on Long Island and they forwarded me an email from a plan sponsor regarding a news article from last year of a potential class action lawsuit against a...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Pension Alert - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells pension group is delighted to send you our September e-newsletter. Topics covered include, restrictions on early exit charges, and case judgements on the validy of limits on future pensionable pay and a...more

What They Don’t Know As A 401(k) Sponsor May Hurt Them

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I worked at a semi-prestigious law firm, one of the named partners (whose son is a Congressman who was kind enough to offer me a cannoli at a Knicks-Clippers game a few years ago) asked me what my practice was. I told...more

401(k)/403(b) Loan Borrowers – Check Your Paystubs!

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent tax court case, Louelia Salomon Frias, v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139, illustrates why it is good practice to verify that employee loan repayments have been timely deducted. Plan Loan Requirements. An employer...more

Edison must pay in long running Tibble lawsuit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A federal court ruled that Edison International must pay more than $7.5 million to compensate plan participants for its decision to include high-fee retail share mutual funds in its 401(k) plan when identical institutional...more

Retirement Plan and Leave Donation Programs During States of Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

This article should interest employers offering retirement plan benefits or leave donation programs to employees affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in particular, and in various states of emergencies, in general. It...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Covered Class Actions May Be Litigated in State Court

As the beginning of the next US Supreme Court term nears, one case in particular has caught our attention, as the question presented asks whether state courts have jurisdiction over certain securities class actions. The case...more

Internal Revenue Service Provides Helpful Relief to Hurricane Victims

Announcement 2017-11 (Announcement) provides that a tax-qualified employer retirement plan may treat a distribution to a current or former employee covered by the Announcement as on account of hardship or an unforeseeable...more

IRS Issues Hurricane Harvey Relief

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Announcement 2017-11, the IRS relaxed standards for hardship distributions and loans from qualified retirement plans for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. This relief applies to employees or former employees and their...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that ERISA Preempts State Insurance Law Bans on Discretionary Clauses for Self-Funded ERISA Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently confirmed that ERISA preempts state insurance law bans on discretionary clauses for self-funded ERISA plans....more

Focusing Just On Fees Can Make 401(k) Plan Sponsors Neglect Other Problems

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to regulations requiring fee disclosure, media coverage, and a lot of litigation, 401(k) fees are still a huge topic for plan sponsors. Retirement plan providers talk about fees all the time because it’s a huge...more

DOL Kicks The Fiduciary Rule Further Down The Road

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Fiduciary Rule is like a bad soap opera where the action takes too long to happen and it’s just stretched out over time making small turns with some end game to happen later down the line....more

Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey: What Kind of Relief May Employers Offer to Affected Employees? What About Hurricane...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers with employees and operations impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are asking what type of compensation, employee benefits, and tax relief may be available to them and their affected employees. There are...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employees

by Bracewell LLP on

Following Hurricane Harvey and its resulting destruction, many employees are in need of financial assistance and/or early access to retirement funds. We will highlight how employers can make direct financial assistance...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Fiduciary Rule Update – September 2017

The long-anticipated and often-delayed new fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) finally went into effect on June 9, with transition relief blunting its impact until...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make. Learn from the mistakes of others. Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made...more

Troubling Court Decision Sends Withdrawal Liability Warning To Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal appeals court has handed multiemployer pension plans a blank check to assess increased withdrawal liability against employers exiting a plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Westrock RKT...more

Monopoly Money or the Real Deal? Exploring the Possibility of Paying Employees in Bitcoin

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Bitcoin, the most popular form of digital or crypto-currency, is gaining traction as an investment vehicle and a way to pay for goods and services. More than 100,000 merchants worldwide now accept Bitcoin, allowing consumers...more

DOL Proposes Rule to Extend Applicability Date of BIC and Other Exemptions

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Department of Labor published a Proposed Rule to extend from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, the applicability date of the Best Interest Contract (“BIC”) Exemption, the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in...more

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