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Pitfalls a 401(k) Sponsor Can Avoid With Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While much of the focus concerning the liability of sponsoring a 401(k) plan is about plan expenses thanks to the many lawsuits filed against plan sponsors. However for most plan sponsors, the greatest liability they actually...more

CHOICE Act: Reform or Recalibration?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In the last session of the US Congress in mid-2016, representative Jeb Hensarling first introduced the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers, and Entrepreneurs) Act. This represented an...more

Department of Labor Finalizes Claims and Appeals Regulations for Disability Benefits

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration has issued final regulations that change the claims and appeals procedures for disability benefits provided by ERISA plans. The final rules are...more

Tenth Circuit Departs From Other Circuit Courts and Holds Plaintiff Bears the Burden of Proving Causation in ERISA Breach of...

by Littler on

On June 5, 2017, in a split decision to be published, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the plaintiff bears the burden on each element of its Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”)...more

Attention Retail Investors: The SEC Wants to Hear Your Views on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

In connection with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), key provisions of which became applicable on June 9, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a public statement seeking retail investors’...more

Be Careful Who You Attack On The Way Up

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked at a number of places in the 11 years before I started my own law firm practice and I will vouch that I didn’t try to hurt or attack any of my co-workers. People maybe upset with some of the stances I took in one...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

If Timely Notice is Given, the Cost to Correct a 401(k) Exclusion Error May Be Reduced

by Dickinson Wright on

Occasionally, an employer may determine that it did not withhold deferral contributions for a new employee in accordance with the terms of its 401(k) plan. If the plan has an automatic enrollment feature, and the error is...more

Authorisation of master trusts - Problems ahead for non-associated multi-employer (NAME) schemes?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pensions Schemes Act 2017 was passed on 27 April 2017 and, as expected, makes provision for the authorisation of master trusts. Many details of the new requirements and procedures will be set out in regulations. The...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

With the Tip of a Hat, a Fund Manager Can Be an ERISA Fiduciary

by Winstead PC on

It’s official. The Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest regulation became applicable on June 9, 2017. Despite the consternation leading up to the issuance of this rule and the expectations of many that the rule...more

Costa Rica: IVM Contributions to Increase as of July 1, 2017

by Littler on

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Department of Social Security (this agency is also known as “CCSS”, for its acronym in Spanish) increased the pension contributions first by .5% effective July 1, 2017, and by an...more

Will the Whistle Be Silenced? Dismantling Dodd-Frank

When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States in November, he vowed to “dismantle” the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). In its place, Trump promised to replace the law...more

The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering...more

Don’t gyp employees on retirement plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t hire employees because I was an employee once too. That pretty much means that I never met an employee whoever thought they were overpaid. For that matter, I never met an employer who thought...more

Welcoming the New Client

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As you know, I’ve been a member of a few Synagogues because I’m a wandering Jew and the thing I’ve noticed is the usual coldness I’d get when joining. Aside from the last synagogue I joined last year (hopefully, the last one...more

Key Considerations for Asset Managers under the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 9, the long-anticipated compliance date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule arrived. As a result, many institutions and individuals, including asset managers of open- and closed-end funds,...more

Supreme Court Decision Offers Some Relief to Church-Affiliated Nonprofits Using ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton serves as a reminder to church-affiliated hospitals and other organizations using the ERISA church plan exemption to review the...more

N.D. Illinois Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim For Lack Of Complaint To The SEC

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Act because the plaintiff failed to report his complaint of alleged securities...more

Financial CHOICE Act Approved in the House

On June 8, 2017, the House passed H.R. 10, the Financial “CHOICE” Act with a vote of 233 to 186. Introduced on April 27, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act proposes to amend the Dodd-Frank Act to repeal the Volcker Rule,...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On June 8, 2017, the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (the “CHOICE Act”) was passed on a party line vote by the U.S. House of Representatives, with nearly all Republicans voting in support and nearly all Democrats voting against...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Seniority Matters - There is little doubt that activity in the trading of secondary shares of private companies remains robust. Private companies are staying private longer and there seems to be an unlimited demand to buy...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn...more

Employee Benefit Plans For Principal-Purpose Organizations Need Not Be Established By A Church To Be Exempt From ERISA

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a ruling that could have cost nonprofit religious-affiliated employers millions of dollars in compliance and other costs had it gone the other way, on June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a unanimous opinion...more

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