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DOL Continues Investigating Defined Benefit Plans Regarding Procedures for Locating Participants and Paying Benefits at Mandatory...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicized last year its stepped up enforcement efforts inquiring about procedures used by larger defined benefit plans for locating, and then beginning payment of benefits to, terminated...more

DOL Health & Welfare Plan Audit Response and Protection: Reducing Risk Exposure to Avoid Costly Penalties

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a recent presentation, McDermott attorneys discussed how to prepare responses for a Department of Labor (DOL) investigative audit of a company’s health and welfare plan, including required documentation and procedures, DOL...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

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Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

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After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

IRS Announcement Mirrors DOL Enforcement Policy; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Still Seeking Injunction from the Fiduciary Rule

Following the Department of Labor’s (“DOL’s”) announcement in Field Assistance Bulletin (“FAB”) 2017-01 that it will temporarily not enforce the provisions of the final fiduciary rule, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”)...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the April 2017 issue of The Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Jonathan Sykes and Correy Karbiener provide insight on whether § 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code protects transfers made to repay commercial...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of March, 2017. Company Owner Found Personally Liable for Unpaid Contributions to Union Benefit Funds...more

IRS Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy In Line with DOL FAB 2017-01

On the heels of the Department of Labor’s temporary enforcement policy concerning the DOL conflict of interest rule and related exemptions, the IRS announced that...more

IRS Synchs Excise Tax to DOL's Enforcement Policy on Fiduciary Rule

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The IRS released guidance this week announcing that it will not apply IRC § 4975 excise taxes (15% on prohibited transactions) and related reporting requirements “with respect to any transaction or agreement to which the...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of February 2017. March 31, 2020 Deadline for Amending 403(b) Plans - When the Internal Revenue Service...more

Developments February 6 – 10: Is the Price Right?

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During the week reviewed, no new bill was introduced which, if passed, would repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, and little else happened at the three main ACA enforcement agencies – DOL, HHS and IRS. Department...more

President Trump’s First Official Action regarding the Affordable Care Act

President Trump issued the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office...more

Church Plan Cases: Federal Agencies Finally Speak

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As many of you know, currently pending before the Supreme Court are consolidated cases from the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits holding that, for religiously affiliated employers, employee benefits plans must initially be...more

Investment Management Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

SEC Issues Guidance on Mutual Fund Fee Structure - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Investment Management recently issued a guidance update addressing disclosure issues and certain procedural...more

Health Care Reform in Transition While Congress Deliberates

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Changes are imminent for the Affordable Care Act and a range of other laws and regulations affecting the health care industry. Ballard Spahr attorneys established a Health Care Reform Initiative in 2008 to monitor and analyze...more

Avoiding COBRA’s Bite: Measures to Counter COBRA Class Actions

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With the filing of a class action complaint in late 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. became the latest large company accused of failing to provide adequate notices as...more

Will Trump Administration Curb the Recent Targeting of Independent Contractors?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A critical but unresolved issue for the motor carrier industry is the continuing viability of the independent contractor truck driver model, which is under siege by state and federal regulatory agencies as well as private...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How An RIA Can Profit Off Of The New Fiduciary Rule. It's an opportunity. When it comes to an industry, change is often fraught with trepidation and fear. However, I always believe that change also brings...more

Treasury and DOL Update 2016-2017 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits 

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

Landmen as Independent Contractors: Is the government’s voluntary settlement program too good to pass up?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The days of the lone landman driving around the back roads taking leases and visiting courthouses are becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still a few independent landmen who fit this mold, clients have demanded...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Best Practices for 401(k) Plan Administration Includes Using Forfeiture Accounts by Year-End

by Dickinson Wright on

Since at least 2010, the IRS has publicly stated that forfeitures must be used by the end of the plan year in which the forfeiture occurred, or as soon as possible thereafter. Some IRS pre-approved prototype or volume...more

New Jersey Employers Prepare for 2017

With 2016 coming to an end, New Jersey employers must ready their business for the coming year. With this in mind, we have compiled the following information for New Jersey employers to consider as we enter 2017: - The...more

DOL Releases Advance Copies of the 2016 Form 5500

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - On November 1, 2016, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released advance copies of the 2016 Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF annual return/report and their related schedules and instructions. Information copies of the...more

The Supreme Court’s New Church Plan Cases — How They Might Affect ERISA Litigation Generally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in three Church Plan cases presents the possibility that many Church Plans thought for years to be exempt from ERISA rules, including its funding rules, will now have...more

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