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Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - January 2016 (UK)

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at...more

How will the ORPP Impact Alberta-based Employers with Employees Working in Ontario?

Beginning in 2017, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) will be phased in over a period of four years and will require eligible Ontario employees without a comparable workplace pension plan to be covered by the ORPP. ...more

Employers’ Guide to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (the ORPP), will be a provincially-managed plan that, like the Canada Pension Plan, will be funded by equal co-contributions from both employers and employees. It will come into effect as...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #15

DWP issues guidance on pensions advice requirements - DWP has issued a factsheet for pension scheme providers on which pension benefits with a guaranteed annuity rate are safeguarded for the purpose of the new advice...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #14

Treasury Committee publishes banking IT failure correspondence - The Treasury Committee has published correspondence between Andrew Tyrie, PRA, FCA and between him and RBS, HSBC and Barclays, relating to IT failures at...more

ORPP: Additional Design Details Released

On January 26, 2016, additional design details of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) were released by the Ontario government. The government reconfirmed its commitment to implement the ORPP beginning January 1, 2017,...more

Employment Law Letter - Winter 2016

In our last issue, we reported on an interesting lawsuit filed by about 50 plant construction workers who were out of work for months following an explosion resulting from a “gas blow” at the Kleen Energy facility in...more

DOL Announces Expansion of Defined Benefit Pension Plan Audit Program

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it is expanding an audit program directed at large defined benefit pension plans. The program, which originated in the DOL’s Philadelphia region and is expanding, is...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #9

FCA updates IPRU-INV, FC and EG - FCA is updating its Handbook on its website to convert the Interim Prudential sourcebook for Investment Businesses (IPRU-INV), the Financial Crime Guide (FC) and the Enforcement Guide...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...more

CFPB issues guide on pension payouts

The CFPB has issued a guide that is intended to assist near-retirees with private sector payment plans in deciding whether to choose monthly payments or a lump-sum payout. The guide includes a series of questions for...more

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints...more

Legal Trends: Pensions & Employee Benefits

The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario...more

Blog: Insurance Distribution Directive: EIOPA Online Survey, As Preparation For A Commission Call For Advice On The Delegated Acts

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is carrying out an on-line survey, in anticipation of a “Call for Advice from the European Commission on the delegated acts under the Insurance Distribution...more

Legal Trends: Financial Services Regulatory

Fintech is the single hottest topic for 2016 and the foreseeable future. From mobile payments to paperless processes to block-chain technology, the increased use of emerging and innovative technologies to pay for or obtain...more

EIOPA reports on consumer trends

EIOPA has published its fourth consumer trends report, analysing the occupational and personal pensions sectors for the first time as well as the insurance sector. EIOPA identified the following new and emerging trends in the...more

Treasury announces plans for secondary annuity market

Treasury has published its plans for creating a secondary annuity market. The plans anticipate more than five million people will be able to sell their annuity from 6 April 2017. This secondary market would:...more

Treasury responds on pensions freedoms

Treasury has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee recommendations on pensions freedoms. The report explains the actions Treasury has already taken and is planning. ...more

Buyer Beware! Purchasers in Asset Sales Liable for Multiemployer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability

Two recent appellate court decisions have made it easier for multiemployer pension plans to impose withdrawal liability on a purchaser in an asset deal. In Tsareff v. ManWeb Services, Inc., the Seventh Circuit expanded its...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: UK

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Where there is a business transfer or a service provision change (outsourcing or insourcing or a change of provider) which is within the scope...more

Bulletin: AFTRA Retirement Fund Sending Information Request to JPC Members on Significant Drop in Pension Contributions

To address what it perceives as significant underfunding in its pension plan, the AFTRA Retirement Fund is actively sending information requests to Joint Policy Committee signatories whose contributions have declined over a...more

DOL Issues Guidance on the Application of ERISA to State-Sponsored Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employees

After a recent flurry of activity in state legislatures regarding state mandated automatic savings programs, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued (1) a proposed regulation, and (2) interpretive guidance that addresses...more

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