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Calculating Maximum Participant Loan Amounts

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Most of us have struggled with the obtuse calculations required to determine maximum participant loan amounts. Perhaps in the future robotic AI Human Resource managers will not have this problem, but until then we all seem to...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

If Timely Notice is Given, the Cost to Correct a 401(k) Exclusion Error May Be Reduced

by Dickinson Wright on

Occasionally, an employer may determine that it did not withhold deferral contributions for a new employee in accordance with the terms of its 401(k) plan. If the plan has an automatic enrollment feature, and the error is...more

Don’t gyp employees on retirement plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As I’ve stated before, I wouldn’t hire employees because I was an employee once too. That pretty much means that I never met an employee whoever thought they were overpaid. For that matter, I never met an employer who thought...more

403(b) Pre-Approved Retirement Plans List

by Bryan Cave on

We’ve recently updated the list of 403(b) pre-approved retirement plans that have received an IRS favorable opinion or advisory letter. A favorable opinion or advisory letter for a 403(b) pre-approved plan means that the IRS...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect Without Further Delay

The Secretary of Labor, John Acosta, announced recently that no further delays will apply to the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule on investment advice conflicts of interest and related prohibited transaction...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule: Love It or Hate It, It’s Here

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get investment advice from an investment advisor. You might expect that advisor to give you advice that was in...more

Documentation Relief For Hardship Distributions

by Fisher Phillips on

Retirement plans are permitted, but not required, to provide in-service distributions of elective deferrals to participants if they can show financial hardship, which is defined as a hardship that is “deemed to be on account...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still a Go for June 9, but its Future Remains Uncertain

by Littler on

United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) Secretary Alexander Acosta recently announced that the final DOL fiduciary regulations (the “Fiduciary Rule”) will go into effect on June 9, 2017. In an op-ed in the Wall Street...more

Fiduciary-Rule Litigation Moves to Court of Public Opinion

by Burr & Forman on

Last week Labor Secretary Acosta chose a Wall Street Journal op-ed to announce DOL’s decision not to delay the “fiduciary rule” past the once-extended June 9 effective date....more

The Department of Labor Confirms June 9th as the Effective Date of the Fiduciary Rule: What Employers Need to Know Now

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 22, 2017, Secretary of Labor Jim Acosta announced that, after having been delayed 60 days, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Conflict of Interest Rule (“Fiduciary Rule”) will largely apply on June 9, 2017. At that...more

SEC Returns to the Fiduciary-Rule Arena

by Burr & Forman on

On June 1, new SEC Chair Clayton returned the SEC to the arena in the policy debate surrounding the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule. Clayton’s public statement responded to a direct invitation for SEC participation by DOL Secretary...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

DOL Won't Delay Fiduciary Rule Past June 9

by Burr & Forman on

Finally, there’s voice of reason entering the policy harangue over the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule … even if it’s coming through an unusual outlet. In a May 23 Wall Street Journal opinion piece, new Labor Secretary...more

No Additional Delay on Effective Date of New Fiduciary Standards – DOL

This week, new U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta announced that the final fiduciary regulations would go into effect on June 9, 2017. The Department also issued two pieces of guidance with regard to the regulations...more

Portions Of The DOL Fiduciary Rule To Go Forward On June 9, 2017

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced on Monday that portions of the controversial Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule will go into effect as planned on June 9, 2017, with full implementation of the rule on...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

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

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

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

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