Bill on Bankruptcy: Why is Kodak's Stock Soaring?
This month we return to the age-old question – "What makes someone a fiduciary?" As Nicole Eichberger explains, the Seventh Circuit reminded us that the meaning of a "functional fiduciary" depends on exercise/conduct in...more
Unless they are involved in the retirement plan industry a plan sponsor must delegate much of their duties to retirement plan providers that may include third party administrators (TPAs), financial advisors, and ERISA...more
For years, 401(k) plan service providers have utilized revenue sharing arrangements to "share" in the revenue earned from plan investments as a source of compensation. Until recently, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") had...more
The Department of Labor (the “DOL”) recently issued Advisory Opinion 2013-04A clarifying mutual fund prospectus delivery requirements under section II(d) of Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 77-4 (“PTE 77-4”). PTE 77-4...more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on whether accounts holding revenue sharing payments constitute “plan assets” under ERISA. Prior to the issuance of the DOL guidance, it was unclear whether these...more
Some mutual funds (and possibly other funds) that are made available by a 401k plan for investment by its participants may make payments to the plan's record-keeper (and perhaps other service providers) for certain services...more
The web was on fire this past week with reports from advisers whose clients had received some very unusual letters from a Yale law professor who doesn’t teach an ERISA course....more
Advisory opinion on "plan asset" issue lays out factors for fiduciary consideration.
On July 3, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Advisory Opinion 2013-03A, which discusses whether a bookkeeping account for...more
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires employee benefit plans to provide a summary plan description (SPD) to participants and beneficiaries and also sets forth the minimum required information...more
Topics we will cover:
• Issues with Control Groups
• Issues with Prohibited Transactions
• Fee Disclosure
- Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group?
• Aggregation Rules (Section...more
In recent years, target date funds (TDFs) have become a popular investment option for many 401(k) plan participants. By investing in a mix of stocks, bonds and other investments, often through investments in other mutual...more
Health Care Reform: Agencies Issue Proposed Regulations on 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation -
On March 21, the IRS, DOL, and Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed regulations on the 90-day waiting...more
Recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) guidance underscores the need for plan fiduciaries to rigorously examine and monitor target date fund (TDFs), and potentially explore the use of custom or non-proprietary TDFs....more
In his inaugural address in 1933 amidst the Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that the only thing we had to fear was “fear itself”. 1933 predates ERISA by 40+ years, so FDR clearly didn’t understand the dilemmas of...more
New guidance defers to the Dodd-Frank/CFTC framework for regulating the swaps clearing process.
On February 7, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an advisory opinion on the application of the ERISA fiduciary rules...more
Much of the investment capital in the U.S. market is in retirement plans subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). Over the years, an important element of a number of plans’ investment...more
In 2012, the Department of Labor (DOL) continued a fairly active program of issuing individual exemptions from the prohibited transaction rules of ERISA. These rules generally prohibit, among other things:
- Sale and...more
As we discussed in our previous Benefits eAuthority regarding the final rules on service provider fee disclosures, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations setting forth the fee disclosure obligations for...more