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Sixth Circuit: ERISA Exhaustion Not Required in Plan Amendment Suit

The Sixth Circuit held that retirement plan participants were not required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to bringing a claim alleging that a plan amendment violated ERISA....more

Deadline for Plan Sponsors to Submit Qualification Amendments with the Puerto Rico Treasury is Fast Approaching

Employers that sponsor an employee retirement plan in Puerto Rico must review plan amendments and/or restatements adopted during 2016 to determine whether they need to submit their plan documents to the Puerto Rico Department...more

IRS Sets Deadline for Retroactive Fixes to 403(b) Retirement Plan Documents

In January 2017, the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2017-18 which set March 31, 2020 as the last day to take advantage of the remedial amendment period under Revenue Procedure 2013-22 to retroactively fix defects in 403(b)...more

Update – A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously reported in our February 16, 2017 blog post, “A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule,” the DOL anticipated delaying the effective date of the fiduciary rule by 180 days. ...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

Fiduciary Rule on Hold - DOL proposes to delay application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers...

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule by 60 days. The DOL issued the proposal in response to the February 3, 2017, Presidential Memorandum...more

Proposed Delay of the DOL Fiduciary Rule - What Should Financial Institutions Do?

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposal to delay its change to the definition of the term “fiduciary” (the “Fiduciary Rule”) was published in the Federal Register. Against expectations, the proposed delay...more

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege applies to...more

Did Hardship Distributions Just Get Easier?

In a previous blog, we addressed an issue of Employee Plans News in which the IRS took the position that 401(k) plan administrators must maintain hardship distribution records and should not rely on electronic participant...more

Last Day of Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans is March 31, 2020

Eligible employers sponsoring Code Section 403(b) retirement plans have until March 31, 2020 to self-correct any defects as to the written form of those plans. In recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, the IRS fixed March...more

Retirement is a Stage of Life, and Not the End-Stage

There is so much being written about retirement these days, in large part because of the bulge of baby boomers now reaching and past retirement. My experience has been that many people fear retirement, because they think it's...more

Are You Keeping the Right Documentation for 401(k) Hardship Distributions?

401(k) plans may allow an employee to receive a distribution of elective contributions (employee deferrals) on account of a hardship. The regulations provide that a distribution is made on account of hardship only if the...more

U.S. DOL Proposes Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a 60-day delay of the conflict of interest rule and related exemptions (currently set to be applicable on April 10, 2017). The Department opened two comment periods...more

DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay of Fiduciary Rule

The US Department of Labor today proposed a 60-day extension (through June 9) for the effective date of its Fiduciary Duty Rule and related exemptions. The extension would give DOL some time to complete the re-analyses...more

U.S. DOL Proposes Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On March 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a 60-day delay of the conflict of interest rule and related exemptions (currently set to be applicable on April 10, 2017). The Department opened two comment periods...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for 401(k) Hardship Distributions

On February 23, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued a “Memorandum for Employee Plans (EP) Examinations Employees,” outlining Substantiation Guidelines for safe harbor hardship distributions from 401(k) plans...more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary and Beryllium Rules

In response to recent presidential directives, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to delay the applicability and effective dates of two rules. First, the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has...more

IRS Allows 401k Plan Safe Harbor and ADP ACP Corrective Contributions to be Funded from Forfeitures

We are pleased to bring you some good news for 401(k) plans from the IRS. The IRS just issued a proposed regulation that allows safe harbor contributions to a 401(k) plan, or employer contributions used to correct a...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - February 2017

Why an Employer Should Sponsor A 401(k) Plan. Lots of good reasons. As an employer, a big reason for setting up a retirement plan is because it's an employee benefit and it can be used to recruit and retain...more

USDOL Prevails in Kansas in Another Decision on Fiduciary Rule

On February 17, 2017, a federal district Court in Kansas upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s conflict of interest rule and related exemptions in a suit brought by Market Synergy Group, Inc. This ruling on the merits follows...more

Why you have nothing to fear about government being in the retirement plan business

As a retirement plan provider, competition is a big thing and the last thing you want is a competitor with unlimited pockets. So you’d be fearing state government being in the auto-IRA business and then eventually, the...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule – What’s Next?

On an almost daily basis, there are developments regarding the status of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule creating a climate of uncertainty. Stakeholders, such as financial institutions that serve retirement...more

Recent Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program

Effective January 1, 2017, except for the last batch of Cycle A filers who were permitted to submit determination letters by January 31, 2017 (i.e., filers with an EIN ending in 1 or 6), the IRS will no longer accept...more

New Disability Claims Procedures Rules Applicable to ERISA Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new regulations affecting how disability claims are handled under ERISA plans that provide disability benefits or base receipt of benefits on the existence of a disability. While most...more

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