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The Time is Right to Contact Recordkeepers About Hardship Substantiation

If your 401(k) plan recordkeeper has not talked to your company lately about hardship distributions, it may be time to reach out to the recordkeeper. The short story is that the IRS recently issued an internal memorandum...more

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

Senate Votes to Revoke Department of Labor Guidance on State-Run Retirement Plans for Private Sector Employees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In yet another move to roll-back regulatory guidance issued during the Obama administration, earlier this month the U.S. Senate voted to revoke a final rule and associated interpretive guidance that the Department of Labor...more

What Phyllis Borzi got wrong

by Ary Rosenbaum on

It’s been about 4 months since Phyllis Borzi left her position as the head of the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) and as time passes by, we can certainly opine on her accomplishments in that position. Of...more

Update On University Section 403(B) Cases: Inconsistent Rulings

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As a result of rulings on motions to dismiss within a day of each other (May 10 and 11, 2017, respectively), Emory University and Duke University must continue to defend claims challenging aspects of their Section 403(b)...more

The Supreme Court - May 15, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, No. 16-348: Respondent Aleida Johnson filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in the Southern District of Alabama. Petitioner Midland Funding then filed a “proof of claim” in the Bankruptcy Court,...more

Yes, DOL audits are more terrifying

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have to see that as after 18 years, there is very little I fear and I fear of retirement plan audits by the Department of Labor (DOL). I’m going to have a larger fear as it’s clear that DOL audits will increase thanks to...more

Supreme Court Decides Howell v. Howell

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Howell v. Howell, No. 15-1031, holding that where a veteran waives retirement pay to receive service-related disability benefits, federal law preempts state courts from ordering...more

Advisors Advantage - May 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For Retirement Plan Providers, It's All About Relationships. That is what it's about. The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It's about connecting with other plan providers and more...more

New Cash Balance Retirement Plan Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 7, 2017, the IRS issued a memorandum relating to cash balance retirement plans. A cash balance plan is a defined benefit pension plan which looks like a defined contribution plan because participants have individual...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Give your clients a football

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I was in college and law school, I had this fancy leather bound DayRunner that had all my contacts, business cards, and notes. For 1992-1998, it was state of the art because I didn’t have the shekels for a Palm Pilot and...more

ERISA Fiduciary Standards Will Apply to IRAs Starting in June

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On April 4, 2017 the U.S. Department of Labor issued an order effective April 9, 2017, stating that implementation of the so-called investor Fiduciary Rule applicable to Individual Retirement Accounts will go into effect June...more

Eighth Circuit Jimmies The Lid On Pandora’s Box

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an opinion that may result in increasingly complex ERISA benefits litigation, the Eighth Circuit has allowed a breach of fiduciary duty claim premised on alleged faulty claims handling practices to...more

The Real Reasons You Should Use Roth 401(k) or a Roth IRA

by Alston & Bird on

Roth 401(k) can be a powerful option for your employees to save for retirement, but not for the reasons that are most often cited. This article explains why your 401(k) plan should have a Roth option, and why some of your...more

What to Watch for From the New SEC Chairman

Last Thursday, Jay Clayton was officially sworn in as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. As the new Chairman takes office, here are a few things we’re keeping an eye on...more

Trying to Hit a Moving Target — Practical Advice for Mitigating Litigation Risk under the DOL Fiduciary Rule

by Reed Smith on

Over the past year, the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule and Prohibited Transaction Exemptions have been the subject of tremendous activity and media coverage. With the Trump administration, the future of the Rule has...more

Oregon Launches Retirement Savings Program: Employer Registration Will Be Required

In 2015, Oregon passed legislation creating a state-based retirement savings program that has since been named “OregonSaves.” Implementation of the OregonSaves program was delayed pending the issuance of final rules by the...more

Know when a SEP no longer fits

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Those small employer plans like a SEP or a SIMPLE-IRA are great opportunities for small businesses to save for retirement because of the no administration costs. However, like clothing for kids, there will be a time when...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - April 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Wrong Reasons For Hiring 401(k) Plan Providers - Some really bad reasons that plan sponsors use in hiring plan providers. Selecting a retirement plan provider can be a lot like dating in the sense that plan...more

Oregon Board Adopts Final Rules to Implement Retirement Savings Program

by Littler on

On April 18, 2017, the Oregon Retirement Savings Board adopted final rules to implement the Oregon Retirement Savings Program (known as “OregonSaves”) codified at 170-090-0001 et seq. OregonSaves establishes a...more

Claims Against Investment Adviser in ERISA Fee Litigation Case Dismissed

A federal district court in North Carolina dismissed claims by BB&T Corp.’s 401(k) plan participants that Cardinal Investment Advisors, LLC, the plan’s outside investment advisor, breached its ERISA fiduciary duties by...more

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans....more

State-Run Retirement Plans – What Labor Allowed

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With approximately 68 million US employees without access to a retirement savings plan through an employer, there has been increased movement by states to sponsor retirement type arrangements for private sector employees....more

DOL's Fiduciary Rule Delay an Excellent Opportunity to Negotiate Stronger Indemnities

The DOL's fiduciary rule has been delayed. This delay, and the confusion swirling around if and when the DOL fiduciary rule will become applicable, is giving plan sponsors a window of time to renegotiate their contractual...more

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