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Small Plan Faces Excessive Fee Challenge

On May 18, 2016, a lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court in Minnesota alleging various claims arising out of investment and record keeping fees in an employer’s 401(K) plan. The plaintiffs are seeking for the case...more

Plan Providers Should Embrace Automatic Enrollment

T. Rowe Price just released a study that show that 401(k) plans with an automatic enrollment feature have a 40% increase of participation by participants in salary deferrals than those plans that don’t offer automatic...more

CPP Agreement in Principle Reached, ORPP Will Not Proceed if Deal is Finalized

The federal government and the provinces, except for Quebec and Manitoba, have reached an agreement in principle to a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement that will be phased in over seven years beginning January 1, 2019....more

CPP Expansion

Retirement savings in this country has been a hot topic of late, and yesterday evening in Vancouver the federal government and (most of) the provinces announced that they have reached a deal to expand the Canada Pension Plan....more

Using a Retirement Plan to Start a Business

Ever wanted to start a business using a retirement plan? There’s a way to roll over plan benefits into a new business without paying taxes and penalties, but you have to be careful. Two recent cases illustrate how not to do...more

The Problem With Choice in 401(k) Plans

In life, giving people a wide variety of choices is a good thing. However, when it comes to daily valued 401(k) plans, too many choices isn’t a good thing. It sounds counter-intuitive, but too many choices offered to plan...more

401(k) Providers and their Plans

I love Clint Eastwood movies and one favorite is “In The Line of Fire’. John Malkovich is playing a wannabe Presidential assassin named Leary and Clint is playing Frank Horrigan, the Secret Service agent who is trying to...more

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act May Affect Employee Benefits

The United States Department of Labor recently issued a Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) that includes an increase in the standard salary level and that will take effect December 1, 2016. Under...more

End of Determination Letter Program: Nearly a Year Later, the Future is Still Uncertain

It has been nearly a year since the IRS generated shockwaves in the retirement plan community by announcing its intention to end its regular, periodic determination letter program for qualified retirement plans due to budget...more

New Connecticut Public Act Mandates Retirement Savings Programs

Beginning in 2018, private-sector employers in Connecticut that do not offer their employees a retirement savings plan (i.e.,401(k) or other payroll deduction retirement options) will be required to automatically enroll their...more

Don’t get stuck in 1986

I was a volunteer and officer for an organization where I stated that the leadership (not including me) was stuck in 1986. What it meant was that this leadership couldn’t adjust to the current age when it came to...more

The Final DOL Fiduciary Rule—Considerations for Plan Sponsors

The final rule has implications for plan sponsors and may impact certain relationships with service providers. On April 6, after a long (and some might say tortured) process, the US Department of Labor (DOL) issued a...more

Five Lawsuits Filed Against DOL’s Fiduciary Rule (so far)

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. Since 2010 when the DOL first...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

You’re Always Going Against The Tide

I always get the call from my third party administrator (TPA) and financial advisory clients concerning the same topic. The topic is how it’s still difficult to get across with potential plan sponsor clients on the urgency to...more

Connecticut Tax Developments

2016 Legislative Session: The New Economic Reality - In his February 2016 State of the State address, Governor Malloy announced that his administration would be adopting a new approach to state budgeting in light of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.10.16

More thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new retirement adviser fiduciary duty standard, including questions about the “grassroots” movement the US Chamber of Commerce is claiming to support its opposition to the standard....more

Déjà Vu All Over Again – FINRA Takes Another Look at Mutual Fund Sales Charge Waivers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is once again taking a close look at member firm mutual fund sales practices and sales charge waivers (Mutual Fund Waiver Sweep) in the U.S. FINRA’s target exam letter seeks...more

Perspectives - June 2016

In April 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final version of the fiduciary rule. The final rule was six years in the making and impacts retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, and the employer who offer...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: Capturing the Apparent Conflict at the “Moment of Rollover”

The US Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule captures rollover, transfer and distribution recommendations to retirement investors. In essence, under the rule, a financial organization or adviser is acting as a fiduciary...more

MEPs primed for a comeback?

My mother would always tell me that fashion is cyclical and that what was popular once will fall out of disfavor and will become popular again. I was a child in the late 1970s and 35+ years later, ruffled dress shirts, velvet...more

DOL Sued over Fiduciary Rule

One of the questions that I am repeatedly asked is whether the Department of Labor overreached their rulemaking capability by applying their new fiduciary rule to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). I always tell people...more

Always Be Engaged

When I was at Stony Brook for college, there were many student organizations that would have tables in the Student Union to attract new members. So many tables would have their members reading or doing something that...more

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