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ERISA Plan Sponsors – Are You Monitoring Investments and Fees?

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Tibble v. Edison International and remanded for determination of the scope of an ERISA plan fiduciary’s duty to monitor plan investments...more

Duty to Monitor Investments Extends Statute of Limitations for Fiduciary Breach Claim Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has decided an important statute of limitations issue in an ongoing fiduciary breach case, Tibble v. Edison International. Tibble has attracted attention up to this point for its substantive claim: that...more

Supreme Court Vacates Ruling on Time-Barred ERISA Claims

In Tibble v. Edison Int’l1, the U.S. Supreme Court today vacated a Ninth Circuit ruling that Edison plan beneficiaries' ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) fiduciary claims against the company based on allegedly...more

Supreme Court: ERISA Imposes Continuing Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Investment Options

Section 409 of ERISA imposes personal liability on a plan fiduciary to make good to the plan any losses resulting from the fiduciary’s breach of any duties imposed by Title I of that statute. Section 413 provides generally...more

Department of Labor proposes to expand the definition of fiduciary: top points

The US Department of Labor has issued proposed regulations that may have a significant effect on those who recommend or market investment products and services to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts. ...more

Supreme Court Confirms that Plan Fiduciaries have a “Continuing Duty of Some Kind” to Monitor Investments

In Tibble v. Edison International, Justice Breyer held, for a unanimous Supreme Court, that “a fiduciary normally has a continuing duty of some kind to monitor investments and remove imprudent ones.” In so ruling, the Court...more

Supreme Court Decides Tibble v. Edison International

On May 18, 2015, the United States Supreme Court decided Tibble v. Edison International, No. 13-550, holding that under the Employment Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA), a plaintiff may timely commence a claim for...more

SCOTUS: Timeliness of Fiduciary Breach Claim May Depend on Alleged Failure to Monitor Selection of Investment Options

On May 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded that the timeliness of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) breach of fiduciary claim regarding the selection of investments in a 401(k) plan is not...more

Set it and Forget it? Not so Fast, Says the Supreme Court in Tibble

On May 18, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a much anticipated (by ERISA attorneys, at least) decision in Tibble v. Edison International, clarifying a relatively narrow but still significant issue...more

ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor 401(k) Investment Choices

The U.S. Supreme Court has held unanimously that a plan fiduciary has a continuing duty to monitor investments offered under a 401(k) plan, a duty that is separate and apart from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting...more

DOL Comment Period Extended

In an announcement that did not surprise me, The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a brief extension of the comment period on its proposed fiduciary rule and set a date for a public hearing....more

U.S. Supreme Court Sends ERISA Investment Fee Case Back For Further Review

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an ERISA plan participant may allege that a plan fiduciary breached the duty of prudence by not properly monitoring the plan’s investment options as long as the alleged breach of the...more

Time Sensitive Updates for Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

There are two time sensitive updates affecting employer sponsored retirement plans that companies should be aware of and review to determine whether action is needed. The first update applies to employers that sponsor a...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – April 2015 #3

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties. To avoid such...more

A Plan Sponsor’s Foolproof Way To Getting In Trouble

The foolproof method to getting inves- tigated for tax evasion? Stop filing your taxes. The foolproof method to get hit by a car? Run into mid-town traffic. The foolproof method to get the chicken pox? Don’t take the vaccine...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – April 2015 #2

The IRS recently made helpful revisions to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS). EPCRS is an IRS program that permits plan sponsors to correct certain retirement plan errors and avoid substantial...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”: Part 1: The Rule and its Exceptions

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued proposed regulations that make sweeping changes to the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). To call this proposal...more

Third Circuit Adopts Catalyst Theory in ERISA Cases for Attorney Fee Awards

Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), “the court in its discretion may allow a reasonable attorney’s fee and costs of action to either party.” The discretion of a court to award fees is not...more

Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program

The IRS has informally stated that it is intending to make some significant changes to the Determination Letter program, and is even considering eliminating the program for individually designed retirement plans (other than...more

Take Two: DOL Reproposes Changes to Definition of Fiduciary for ERISA Plans and IRAs

This is the first in a series of client advisories regarding the Department of Labor’s re-proposed regulation on the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA Section 3(21) and related proposed new and amended prohibited...more

Proposed Fiduciary Definition Regulations Will Impact Investment Adviser Practices

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released long-awaited, re-proposed regulations that would broaden the “fiduciary” definition under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue...more

Same-Sex Marriage Bans As Sex Discrimination: The Potential Impact On Plan Sponsors And Employers

In last week’s oral argument on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, Chief Justice Roberts asked the following question: Counsel, I’m not sure it’s necessary to get into sexual orientation to resolve the...more

My Referrals aren’t for Sale and Neither Should Yours

My word is my bond; at least I try to make it that way. My opinions on which providers are good for plan sponsors aren’t for sale and neither should yours. When I get asked for referrals, I always try to point out at...more

DOL’s Proposed Prohibited Transaction Exemption: Best Interest Contracts

This is the second in a series of client advisories regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s re-proposed regulations (Proposed Rule) defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA and the Code as a result of providing investment...more

Sorry Lois or How I Started a Law Firm from Nothing

I always talk about my frustrating experience at a certain semi-prestigious Long Island law firm (sorry, Lois). I do it partly to rub my success in their noses because they never had faith in me, but mostly because the way I...more

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