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The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Department of Labor Proposes to Delay Implementation of Disability Claim Regulations

On October 6, 2017, the Department of Labor signed a proposed Rule “to delay for ninety (90) days – through April 1, 2018 – the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to...more

Help Us (and the Code) Help You! Helping Employees/Co-Workers in a Crisis

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

In response to disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, the general community comes together to assist those in need — donating our blood, time, money, and belongings. We respond similarly when one of our co-workers...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #3 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past two months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. We continue that discussion here. As in the past,...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Requires Participant to Arbitrate Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Investment Advisor - Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - In a major victory for an...more

To Audit Or Not To Audit? A Good Question For Self-Funded Group Health Plans

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The rise in insurance premiums for group health plans has prompted many employers to reexamine the decision whether to fund participant health benefits with insurance or self-fund benefits and limit their claims risk by...more

TPAs, Plan Fiduciaries Should React Proactively to U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

by Polsinelli on

In light of the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a health plan third-party administrator (TPA), plan fiduciaries and TPAs should re-examine, or even re-negotiate, portions of their current TPA...more

Relief for Hurricane Victims

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Thanks to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have granted extensions of certain...more

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule – An Overview of the Marketing and Sales Implications for Investment Managers

by K&L Gates LLP on

According to the Investment Company Institute, at the end of the first quarter of 2017, assets in IRAs totaled approximately $8.2 trillion, assets in defined contribution plans totaled approximately $7.3 trillion, and assets...more

Full Implementation of Fiduciary Rules Likely To Be Extended

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In April 2016, the Department of Labor issued regulations to expand the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code as applied to those who render investment advice for a fee or other compensation with...more

Responding To Mental Health Parity Model Disclosure Request Form

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In June 2017, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury released a draft model form that participants may use to request mental health/substance use disorder (MH/SUD) limitation information from their...more

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by Alston & Bird on

In the period following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, employer plan sponsors will be faced with any number of hardship-related employee benefit plan administration issues. Many of these involve...more

Lawsuits Are Focused on Wellness Program Compliance. Are You?

by Alston & Bird on

Wellness programs are a win-win for everybody – until administrators run afoul of ambiguous rules and regulations. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group analyzes two recent lawsuits that could impact program...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Fiduciary Rule Update – September 2017

The long-anticipated and often-delayed new fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) finally went into effect on June 9, with transition relief blunting its impact until...more

Hurricane Harvey Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor relaxed some deadlines for eligible employee benefit plans and expanded the availability of withdrawals and loans for eligible defined contribution plan participants in...more

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued initial employee benefit plan guidance. The...more

IRS and DOL Provide Relief for Plan Sponsors and Participants Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) issued temporary relief on deadlines and procedural requirements applicable to employee benefit plans for employers impacted by Hurricane Harvey. ...more

Department of Labor Proposes 18-Month Delay in Applicability Date for Portions of Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published proposed amendments to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other exemptions that would delay the applicability date of many of the requirements for...more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

by Winstead PC on

No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

DOL to Postpone Deadline for Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor has received OMB certification, and sought expedited notice-and-comment, for a rule change that would postpone the full implementation deadline for its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 until July 1,...more

An Overview of Legal, Regulatory and Plan Design Considerations for States

by K&L Gates LLP on

Americans are facing a retirement crisis. The foundation for building a secure retirement — Social Security, employer-provided pensions, and personal savings — has been weakened because most private sector companies no longer...more

DOL’s Proposed Rule Would Extend the Transition Period for Certain Fiduciary Rule Exemptions to July 2019

Yesterday, the text of a Department of Labor (the “DOL”) Proposed Rule we have been anticipating for several weeks was made available to the public. The Proposed Rule would “extend the special transition period” for certain...more

Labor Department Extends Applicability Date of BIC Exemption and PTE 84-24 an Additional 18 Months

by Carlton Fields on

The Labor Department has proposed extending the applicability date of the Best Interest Contract Exemption, the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries, and certain...more

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