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The profound change in the end was good

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you go and read through the marketplace news on 401khelpcenter.com, you see something recurring that was unfathomable 10-15 years ago,. You have an insurance company offering an open architecture platform....more

CFTC Amends Whistleblower Rules to Strengthen Anti-Retaliation Protections and Encourage Whistleblower Tips

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or the “Commission”) adopted several additions to its whistleblower rules. Among other things, the amendments expand the Commission’s power to pursue...more

Fiduciary Rule to Go Into Effect but DOL Provides Temporary Non-Enforcement Policy

by Snell & Wilmer on

As reported in our April 18th blog, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) officially delayed the applicability of the Fiduciary Rule for 60 days, until June 9, 2017. Given the multiple delays leading up to the proposed June 9th...more

CFTC Increases Anti-Retaliation Protections for Whistleblowers

by WilmerHale on

On May 22, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) amended its whistleblower rules to enhance protections for whistleblowers against retaliation and assert its own authority to bring enforcement...more

No Additional Delay on Effective Date of New Fiduciary Standards – DOL

This week, new U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta announced that the final fiduciary regulations would go into effect on June 9, 2017. The Department also issued two pieces of guidance with regard to the regulations...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Several members of healthcare hedge fund Deerfield Mgmt have been implicated in an insider-trading case over the alleged use of confidential information about gov’t financing to trade shares in affected health care companies....more

Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule Will Go Into Effect June 9th

The Department of Labor has announced that the new fiduciary conflict of interest rule and related exemptions will begin taking effect on June 9, 2017, ending speculation of further delay. At the same time, the Department...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We learned pretty early on that VW wasn’t alone in employing emissions-cheating software to get around environmental regs. But until now, it’s borne the brunt of the bad press for its actions. Well, with Fiat Chrysler’s DOJ...more

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

Second Circuit: Reclassification of Claim as Equity Interest? Not Unless It Is Duplicative

The Second Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district courts’ decisions subordinating claims asserted against the Debtor by holders of restricted stock units. However, while the court agreed with the lower courts that the...more

Yes, DOL audits are more terrifying

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have to see that as after 18 years, there is very little I fear and I fear of retirement plan audits by the Department of Labor (DOL). I’m going to have a larger fear as it’s clear that DOL audits will increase thanks to...more

Day 10 Of One Month to Better Compliance through HR-Sales Incentives and Compliance [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System –How has the company considered the potential negative compliance...more

What to Watch for From the New SEC Chairman

Last Thursday, Jay Clayton was officially sworn in as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the new Chairman takes office, here are a few things we’re keeping an eye on...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 51, the Cinco De Mayo Edition [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 51, for the week ending May 5, the Cinco de Mayo Edition Over some breakfast tacos and Mexican coffee, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We...more

Claims Against Investment Adviser in ERISA Fee Litigation Case Dismissed

A federal district court in North Carolina dismissed claims by BB&T Corp.’s 401(k) plan participants that Cardinal Investment Advisors, LLC, the plan’s outside investment advisor, breached its ERISA fiduciary duties by...more

Why you have bad funds in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years ago, researchers from the business schools at the University of Indiana and the University of Texas at Austin looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

DOL's Fiduciary Rule Delay an Excellent Opportunity to Negotiate Stronger Indemnities

The DOL's fiduciary rule has been delayed. This delay, and the confusion swirling around if and when the DOL fiduciary rule will become applicable, is giving plan sponsors a window of time to renegotiate their contractual...more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

Day 3 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-JPMorgan Chase FCPA Enforcement Action [Audio]

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my review of FCPA enforcement actions that involved the corporate hiring function. From these three cases I have considered, it is clear that HR must be involved in compliance and if HR hiring controls are...more

Fiduciary Rule Delayed 60 Days - DOL delays application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers struggle...

On April 7, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule delaying the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule and certain “Prohibited Transaction Exemption” rules (the Rules) for 60 days from April 10, 2017...more

U.S. Department of Labor Defers Implementation of the Investor Fiduciary Rule to June 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will be delayed until...more

Supreme Court Asked to Review Scope of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Provision

On April 25, 2017, Digital Realty Trust Inc. asked the United States Supreme Court to decide whether an employee who files an internal complaint (as opposed to a complaint with the SEC) is covered by the Dodd-Frank Act’s...more

District Court Dismisses Allegations That Stable Value Fund is Too Conservative

A district court in Rhode Island dismissed claims by participants in the CVS Employee Stock Ownership Plan that plan fiduciaries imprudently invested plan assets in the plan’s stable value fund...more

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