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Some FAQ News Under ERISA - The DOL Issues Two More Sets of "Investment Advice" Q&As

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) released two additional sets of FAQs on January 13, 2017 regarding the new “investment advice” regulation and related exemptions (the “Rule”) under the fiduciary provisions of the...more

The Final Rule: DOL Releases Additional FAQs Related to New Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released two additional sets of FAQs providing guidance related to its final rule expanding the definition of fiduciary “investment advice” (the Final Rule) for purposes of the Employee...more

DOL Issues Additional Interpretative Guidance on New Fiduciary Rule

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued the second in a planned three-part set of FAQs on its new fiduciary rule. (For details on the fiduciary rule, see our prior Alert, and for details on the...more

Yes, a Fiduciary was held personally liable

In my practice, I always talk about how plan fiduciaries can be held personally liable for any issues regarding their retirement plan. Many plan sponsors just don’t pay any attention to that threat until they see it happen to...more

Fiduciary Rule will clear out the Alphabet Soup of Share Classes

When it comes to mutual funds offered under 401(k) plans, I’ve always believed that the multiple share classes was something out of an alphabet soup. I’m not an advisor, so I don’t know how or why there is so many share...more

New Year, Similar Priorities: SEC Announces 2017 OCIE Areas of Focus

On January 12, 2017 the SEC announced its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) priorities for the year, including areas of focus for Retail Investors, Senior Investors and Retirement Investments,...more

Plan Sponsors Sued Over Fees on Multiple Plans and Vendors

In a very novel retirement fee lawsuit, a plan sponsor is being sued over the cost of multiple plans and the use of multiple record-keepers....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ratings Agency Moody’s Corp. has agreed to pay roughly $864 million to resolve federal and state claims that it gave juiced ratings to risky MBS in the run-up to the financial crisis. Half of the total will end up in DOJ...more

SEC Examination Priorities for 2017 – What do Robots, Senior Investors, and Payment for Order Flow Have in Common?

This week, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its Examination Priorities for 2017 that reflects certain practices, products, and services that OCIE perceives to present potentially...more

Should California Employers Be Insecure About California’s State-Run Retirement Savings Program?

Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1234 (De León) which implements the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. 2016 Cal. Stat. ch. 804. If you haven’t heard of the program,...more

DOL Finalizes New Disability Claim Rules for Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

The US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration recently released final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans (the Final Rule). The purpose of the Final...more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

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

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

Are Individually Designed Retirement Plans Destined to Become Dinosaurs?

The Impact of Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program - This January 2017 will see the last regular IRS determination letter applications filed for individually designed retirement plans. After this final Cycle A...more

[Event] Master Class: Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration - Jan. 25th, Washington, D.C.

Please join us for BakerHostetler's “Labor and Employment Law Under the Trump Administration.” This daylong seminar is designed to offer all new high-level courses, hitting specific and practical headline issues that will be...more

2017 California Employment Law Update

Below are some of the new laws going into effect this year that affect the construction industry. Unless otherwise noted, the laws go into effect on January 1, 2017....more

Bill Introduced To Delay Effective Date of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On January 6, 2017 Rep. Joe Wilson introduced a house bill that would delay for two years the effective date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule set to take effect on April 1, 2017. http://src.bna.com/ldB. This legislation follows...more

Survey proves one thing: Participants need education

A new 401(k) survey from Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions, shows a lack of knowledge among Americans when it comes to their 401(k) plan. 71 percent of respondents to the survey failed Fisher’s 401(k) IQ in the Workplace...more

ERISA and Disability Claims

Final rules were issued in December that update the claim procedure that ERISA Plan Administrators must follow to determine whether benefits are due or payable on account of the a plan participant’s disability. The new rules...more

First District Court of Appeal Speaks Again on Vested Rights as It Upholds the Constitutionality of PEPRA's Elimination of...

On December 30, 2016, Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal (“DCA”) issued a unanimous published decision in Cal FIRE Local 2881, et al. v. CalPERS, et al. (Dec. 30, 2016, A142793) (“CalFIRE Decision”)...more

Court Upholds SEC on “Backtested” Investment Strategy Illustrations

An investment adviser seeking to show how a particular investment strategy would have performed during specified time periods would be well advised to: use only historical performance data and not a mix of historical...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2016

The Potential Liability of Participant Directed 401(k) Plans. There is a liability lurking there. As children, we were told the story of Jack and The Beanstalk. Jack sells a cow for some "magic beans" and his...more

Honeywell Defeats Retirees’ Class Action Suit for Lifetime Health Benefits

A federal district court in Ohio dismissed retirees’ claims for lifetime healthcare benefits from Honeywell.  Honeywell provided healthcare benefits to plaintiffs through a series of collective bargaining agreements and,...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider ERISA Church Plan Exemption

In a decision that may have profound consequences for the funding and continued operation of defined benefit retirement plans covering employees at religiously affiliated organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to...more

Your Business Can Fall A Lot Quicker That It Rose

One of the business philosophies I learned while working for third party administrator is that it’s a lot easier to lose a client than to gain one. I know that first hand, seeing bad service that gets plan sponsors to fire...more

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