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Recent Decision Sheds Light on the ERISA Definition of a Top Hat Plan and the Absence of Detailed Guidance

The “top hat plan” exception to full ERISA coverage of an employee benefit plan is the very foundation of executive deferred compensation. The exception provides that “a plan which is unfunded and is maintained by an...more

Employee Benefits After The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges establishes a national right to same-sex marriage and requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Generally speaking, this...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2015

Supreme Court: Plan Fiduciaries Have a Continuing Duty to Monitor Plan Investments. In 2007, participants and beneficiaries under a 401(k) plan sued the plan fiduciaries and the plan sponsor to recover damages for alleged...more

Reminder: Non-Grandfathered Plans Must Implement Embedded Out-of-Pocket Maximums

As employers and plans prepare for 2016 open enrollment, they must be sure to address in their benefit design and with their third party vendors the new embedded out-of-pocket maximum limitations on individuals that were...more

July and August 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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

DOL Proposes Broader ERISA Fiduciary Definition

In April, the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued controversial proposed regulations that would broaden the category of service providers who become fiduciaries under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

Advisors Advantage - July 2015

In This Issue: - How Retirement Plan Advisors Can Benefit From Any New DOL Fiduciary Rule - Avoid Other Providers Who Are The Sticks in the Wheels of Progress - Sometimes It's Just Words - Never...more

Monthly Benefits Alert - June 2015

Supreme Court - As explained in more detail in separate alerts we issued over the past several days, the Supreme Court decided two major cases involving the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. First, as described...more

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling - What Does It Mean for Employee Benefit Plans?

In a 5-4 decision announced last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states are required to recognize same-sex marriages. This ruling follows the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in U.S. v....more

Supreme Court Says Constitution Requires States to License Same-Sex Marriages

In another blockbuster 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Kennedy, in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___. ____ (2015), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution requires a state to license...more

DOL Report on Quality of Independent Plan Audits Shows that Plan Sponsors Must Continually Monitor Plan Compliance

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released “Assessing the Quality of Employee Benefit Plan Audits,” a comprehensive report reviewing the quality of audit work...more

Supreme Court Reminds Companies to Monitor 401(k) Plan Investments, Sets Parameters for "Regular Review" Requirements

Companies and in-house fiduciaries face increasing scrutiny these days over their 401(k) and other retirement plans. This was underscored again recently by a key Supreme Court ruling. In Tibble v. Edison International, the...more

Monthly Benefits Alert - May 2015

As we do every month, we have provided below a comprehensive alert that highlights the most important employee benefits legal developments during May of 2015. We hope that our “Monthly Benefits Updates” continue to be a...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 4: The Impact on 401(k) Plan Consultants...

This post highlights the significant impact the proposed regulations may have on advisers to mid-sized and small 401(k) retirement plans if adopted. Previously, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series described the...more

Concerns Mount over Department of Labor’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a controversial proposed rule on April 20, 2015, that seeks to expand fiduciary duties in the context of retirement-investment advice. Specifically, the proposed rule would rework a...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 3: The Impact on Large Retirement Plans

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the...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

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. 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

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

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

Advisors Advantage - May 2015

In This Issue: - For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Making A Connection - DOL Proposes New Fiduciary Rule - My support for a Fiduciary Rule - Stick to what you know - Complacency is a plan provider...more

Correcting Problems With Your Retirement Plan [Video]

Presented by Caryn McNeill, Craig Wheaton and Jamie Hinkle The rules that apply to qualified retirement plans are complex. Not surprisingly, plan sponsors determine with some regularity that their plans have a compliance...more

Employee Benefits: Who is a Fiduciary? DOL Proposal Expands Definition (4/15)

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a regulation in 1975 defining the circumstances under which a person providing "investment advice" is to be treated as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

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