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DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

Voluntary Benefits: Time For An ERISA Checkup

by Burr & Forman on

Multiple benefit consultants report that participation by employees in voluntary benefits is on the rise, in part due to increases in cost sharing under group major medical plans as a result of healthcare reform. Both...more

Forfeiture Freedom

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some of our employer client sponsors of pre-approved 401(k) plans have contacted us regarding plan amendment notices received recently from their prototype or volume submitter plan document sponsors relating to the expanded...more

Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

DOL Seeks to Extend Transition Period under the Fiduciary Rule

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a proposal with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay implementation of the following exemptions under the fiduciary rule from January 1, 2018 to July 1,...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401k Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Third Circuit Rules That Johnson Controls Did Not Promise Lifetime Health Benefits

The Third Circuit rejected a claim for lifetime health insurance benefits filed by retired employees of Johnson Controls, finding that the clear and unambiguous language of the CBAs and group insurance booklets did not...more

West Wing Revolving Door and Retirement Plan Ideas Floating in D.C.

by Winstead PC on

I started writing this when Scaramucci was communications director, but before I could finish it the revolving door at the West Wing had swung again and he was out. In addition to his statements made to the press, which do...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

The Malta Pension Plan – A Supercharged, Cross-Border Roth IRA

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In the cross border setting, two of the principal goals in international tax planning are (i) deferral of income earned offshore and (ii) the tax efficient repatriation of foreign profits at low or zero tax rates in the...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Same-sex survivors' pensions - exemption for pre-2005 service invalid

by Hogan Lovells on

The Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec Limited, overturning the Court of Appeal, has decided that the exemption for service prior to December 2005 from the requirement for occupational pension schemes to give survivors'...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation - Q&A on IRA Transactions

by Carlton Fields on

Previously, I wrote about potential litigation under the Department of Labor’s then proposed fiduciary rule (see Expect Focus, Vol. II, 2015). I predicted the following as to sales of index annuities to IRAs if the rule was...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Employment News - July 2017 #4

by Hogan Lovells on

Compare and contrast – pension based on hours reduced because of disability was not discriminatory - The Court of Appeal has upheld the EAT decision in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance...more

OregonSaves: New State-Run Retirement Plan Requires Employer Action Beginning November 15, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Are you an employer with employees in Oregon? If you do not offer a retirement plan to any of your employees, read on for your obligations under a new state-run retirement savings program called OregonSaves. If you do...more

EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

IRS Scrutiny of Plan Loans Increases, But IRS Provides Helpful Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its level of scrutiny on the limitations imposed on participant loans from defined contribution retirement plans. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) generally limits a participant’s...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With politics swirling around in the background, the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger is still up in the air, with DOJ antitrust officials still working away (8 months after the deal was announced) to determine whether...more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): action plan for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply directly in the UK from 25 May 2018, and will make some fundamental changes to the current requirements surrounding data protection. Key areas of change...more

Personal data security for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

Cybersecurity and protection of personal data are increasingly to the forefront of concerns for pension trustees. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), applicable in the UK from 2018, will impose additional...more

An Update On The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The DOL’s much anticipated (or maligned depending on the audience) Fiduciary Rule expands the definition of what constitutes investment advice under ERISA and thereby increases the number and types of retirement plan service...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of June, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case....more

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