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Part I: Taking Investment Advice with a Grain of Salt: The DOL Fiduciary Rules May Make You Rethink that Rollover

You probably know when you can withdraw/rollover money from your 401(k) plan (generally when you leave employment, turn 59.5, or retire). But many folks don't realize that in most cases, those withdrawals/rollovers are...more

DOL Issues “Conflict of Interest” Rule on Investment Advice: Fiduciary Net Will Widen on April 10, 2017

A comprehensive new rule issued by the Department of Labor (the “DOL”) on April 6 will make a much wider group of advisers subject to fiduciary standards under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) beginning...more

New Rule Governing Retirement Advice Shakes Up Traditional Broker Compensation

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited and controversial fiduciary rule expanding the definition of who is a fiduciary when providing investment advice on retirement accounts. The rule aims...more

Locke Lord Article: The Best Interest Contract Exemption

In connection with publication of final regulations (the Rule) on the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended...more

DOL Issues Long-Awaited New Rule Governing Retirement Investment Advisors

On April 6, 2016, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a long-awaited final rule expanding the definition of "fiduciary" under ERISA as well as the duties of investment advisors who qualify as fiduciaries thereunder....more

Department of Labor Issues Final Fiduciary Rules

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited final conflict of interest rule defining the term “fiduciary” for retirement investment advice purposes. The final regulations and accompanying...more

DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Investment Adviser Regulations

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final regulations defining who is a fiduciary investment adviser (the Final Rule), along with related prohibited transaction class exemptions and...more

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know About the New Fiduciary Regulation and Related PT Exemptions

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now - On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released a new definition of what constitutes a fiduciary to a retirement plan. While the new guidance clarified that certain...more

The Department of Labor Releases its Final Fiduciary Rule

The White House recently announced the Department of Labor’s (DOL) highly anticipated final fiduciary/conflict of interest rule and exemptions intended to ensure that retirement savers get investment advice in their best...more

Department of Labor Releases Final Investment Advice Fiduciary Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized regulations describing the circumstances in which a person who provides investment advice in connection with a retirement plan or individual retirement arrangement (IRA) acts...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule to re-define who is rendered a "fiduciary" of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by providing investment advice to a plan...more

DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Duty Rule

Today, the US Department of Labor released the final fiduciary duty rule.  The DOL has posted the rule text and the text of the exemptions on its site.  Here are links directly to the text of the rules and exemptions...more

Courts Strike Down Church Plan Exemptions for Church-Affiliated Organizations

Until recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and federal courts seemed to agree that a retirement plan established and maintained by a church-affiliated organization generally qualified...more

DOL Issues Long-Awaited Final Regulations Defining 'Fiduciary' and Related PTEs

On April 6, 2016, the DOL issued long-awaited final regulations that define who is an investment advice fiduciary for purposes of the ERISA, along with coordinating prohibited transaction exemptions. These rules largely track...more

U.S. DOL To Issue Final Rule and Exemptions on Fiduciary Standards

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its highly-anticipated Final Rule and Exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

Employee Benefits Developments - March 2016

Previously, many advisors had been concerned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on safe harbor plan designs covering 401(k) and 403(b) plans may have severely limited the abilities of plan sponsors to adopt...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2016

The Complete And Total Worthlessness Of The 401(k) Fiduciary Warranty - I am a firm believer in the idea that what you see is what you should get. If you’re promised the moon, anything short of it is wrong. Some of the...more

State Retirement Plans (3 of 3) — Will the States get it right on retirement policy?

This is Part 3 of our series on State Retirement Plans. We have to admit this has been eye-opening. ...more

Life and Annuity Series: 8th Circuit Excessive Fee Decision

The 8th Circuit's recent decision on "excessive fees" under ERISA, titled McCaffree v. Principal Life, is instructive for three reasons: - First, it adds to the line of circuit court precedents holding that an insurance...more

State Retirement Plans (2.5 of 3) Carrots instead of Sticks — marketplaces, prototypes and “closed MEPs”

This is Part 2.5 of a 3-part series on state retirement plan legislation. Part 1 was an Overview. Part 2 focused on recent Department of Labor guidance making it easier for states to get a bit heavy-handed by mandating...more

Life and Annuity Series: ERISA—Shape of Things to Come

The class action complaint titled Bell v. Anthem, Inc., et al. (S.D. Indiana) raises a number of novel ERISA allegations that could be a preview of the future, especially if the DOL fiduciary rule is adopted this...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - December 2015

The Plan Sponsor Awakens. It's true, all of it. Like most of my generation, I have been a Star Wars fan since I first saw A New Hope when I was 5 in 1977. I even liked the prequel trilogy (except for Jar Jar Binks)....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

DOL’s New Disability Claim Rules Add to a Plan Administrator’s Duties under Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

Now, faced with an aging baby-boomer generation and increased costs related to disability litigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (DOL) has proposed new rules that would revise and...more

DOL slightly opens the door for Open MEPs

I was always a fan of “open” multiple employer plans (MEPs) because it allowed smaller companies to get better pricing on plan expenses and choice of investments and providers by aggregating with smaller, similar plans....more

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