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SEC Probes Retirement Advice

The SEC has been sending lengthy sweep examination letters to many registered investment advisers (RIAs) and broker-dealers, requesting a broad variety of information regarding retirement plan advice. A form of the...more

What Employers Need To Know About the DOL Fiduciary Regulations

By now, you may have heard that the Department of Labor (DOL) has expanded fiduciary status for certain investment advisers to retirement plans or IRAs. Some of your providers are already fiduciaries, but some will now be...more

New Treasury Regulations Impose Heightened Standards for Retirement Fund Advisors

Financial advisors and financial services firms are facing new scrutiny, as indicated by a recent rule change by the U.S. Labor Department. In early April 2016, the U.S. Labor Department issued new regulations requiring that...more

DOL Finalizes The ERISA Fiduciary Regulation -- What It Means For Your Business

In the face of controversy and following thousands of comments from market participants and lawmakers, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has finalized sweeping changes to the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

News Alert – Employer Action Required Following Issuance of Final Rule

On April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the much anticipated final regulation to broaden the scope of fiduciary status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Department Of Labor Audits Are Focusing On Plan Procedures For Locating Missing Vested Participants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has increased its examinations of the procedures of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans for locating and paying out benefits to terminated vested participants whom the...more

Much-Anticipated Fiduciary Rule Presents New Challenges to Financial Services Industry

The U.S. Department of Labor released its long anticipated "fiduciary rule" on April 6, 2016. The rule requires brokers and financial advisers to put their clients' interests ahead of their own when recommending retirement...more

Investment Management Update - April 2016

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management...more

New Fiduciary Duty Rule: What You Need to Do Now

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its Final Fiduciary Duty Rule. The effective date for the rule is June 7, 2016, which is 60 days after its Federal Register publish date of April 8. The rule takes...more

Department of Labor Publishes Final Rule to Define Fiduciary of an Employee Benefit Plan

On April 7, the Department of Labor issued a final rule defining who is a fiduciary investment advisor of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The Final Rule requires financial...more

DOL Issues Long-Awaited New Rule Governing Retirement Investment Advisors

On April 6, 2016, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-awaited final rule expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under ERISA as well as the duties of investment advisors who qualify as fiduciaries thereunder....more

Department of Labor Issues Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited final conflict of interest rule defining the term “fiduciary” for retirement investment advice purposes. The final regulations and accompanying...more

DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Investment Adviser Regulations

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final regulations defining who is a fiduciary investment adviser (the Final Rule), along with related prohibited transaction class exemptions and...more

DOL Announces in Final Fiduciary Rule that Additional ESOP Guidance is Forthcoming

When the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final rule describing investment advice (the Final Rule) on April 6, 2016, it delivered a special note to many in the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)...more

Department of Labor Releases Final Investment Advice Fiduciary Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA) acts...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to re-define who is rendered a "fiduciary" of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by providing investment advice to a plan...more

What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their...more

Supreme Court Exempts ERISA Plans from a State Reporting Law

In Gobeille, Chair of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., decided on March 1, 2016, the Supreme Court held that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) preempts...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2016

Previously, many advisors had been concerned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on safe harbor plan designs covering 401(k) and 403(b) plans may have severely limited the abilities of plan sponsors to adopt...more

FMLA FAQ: How Does an Employer Calculate Intermittent FMLA Leave When an Employee Moves from Full-Time to Part-Time?

Q: One of our employees was at full-time status (40 hrs/wk.) six months ago when he was granted intermittent FMLA leave for a GI issue that flared up from time to time. He took 120 hours of FMLA leave (or three weeks)...more

Courts Reject ERISA-Based Participation and Vesting Challenges to Top Hat Plans

ERISA Sections 201, 301 and 401 provide exclusions from ERISA's substantive protections for "top hat" plans, which are unfunded plans maintained by an employer primarily for the purpose of providing deferred compensation for...more

Expected Timeline for New SBC Template

The Department of Labor has issued a new FAQ (Part 30) stating that after March 28, 2016 (the end of the comment period for the proposed changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage template and related documents), the...more

DOL Releases Proposed Rules Regarding Mandatory Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors

The United States Department Labor recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to enforce President Obama’s September 2015 Executive Order establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors. Now that we have been able...more

New Compliance Questions in IRS Form 5500 Warrant Screening Reviews of 401(K) Plans During 2016

The IRS recently added new questions to the 2015 Form 5500/5500-SF annual retirement plan returns. The Form 5500-Series returns are used by retirement plans to report the financial condition, investments, and operations of...more

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