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DOL Fiduciary Rule Still On for April 10 Implementation

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Duty Rule remains on track for April 10 implementation, notwithstanding a maelstrom of hype about it. Nearly everyone expected the new administration would delay the Rule – and many...more

Implications of Trump's Memorandum on Status of Fiduciary Rule

President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on Feb. 3, 2017, directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider the regulations that change the definitions of fiduciary and fiduciary advice. The regulations,...more

Dealing with New IRS Qualification Requirements for Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, Effective January 1, 2017

The procedures for qualification of an employer sponsored individually designed pension, profit sharing or 401(k) plan for favorable tax deferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) changed significantly...more

IRS Announces the Last Day of the Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, which provides that the last day of the remedial amendment period for Code Section 403(b) retirement plans will be March 31, 2020. As discussed below,...more

President Trump Calls for a Review of DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum (Memorandum) ordering the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to review its conflict of interest rule defining the term “fiduciary” for retirement investment...more

IRS Announces the Last Day of the Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued Revenue Procedure 2017-18, which provides that the last day of the remedial amendment period for Code Section 403(b) retirement plans will be March 31, 2020. As discussed below,...more

Remedial Amendment Period for 403(b) Plans

In Revenue Procedure 2017-8, the IRS announced that the remedial amendment period (“RAP”) for 403(b) plans would end on March 31, 2020. A RAP is a period in which a plan can be amended retroactively to comply with the...more

President Trump Issues Executive Orders Impacting Dodd-Frank Act And DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule

On Friday, February 3, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders impacting the financial services industry. 1. Dodd-Frank Act - President Trump signed an Executive Order designed to review the regulations...more

President Trump Issues Memorandum on Fiduciary Rule Likely Leading to Delayed Compliance Date

On February 3, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor to prepare an updated economic and legal analysis of its “Fiduciary Rule.” Compliance with the Fiduciary Rule is generally required on...more

Trump Requires DOL to Reevaluate the Fiduciary Rule

Under current law, stockbrokers are only required to recommend suitable investments to their clients. The Department of Labor has issued a so called “fiduciary rule” which requires brokers, advisors and insurance agents, when...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

IRS Issues First Required Amendments List for Qualified Plans

In a previous blog, we discussed the IRS’ elimination of its five year staggered determination letter cycle for individually designed plans. The IRS recently provided guidance to help sponsors of individually designed plans...more

Some TPA Humor

I worked 9 years working as an ERISA attorney for a couple of third party administrators (TPA) and I always felt like I was a fireman because I put out a lot of compliance fires for our clients and sometimes, it was our...more

DOL Casts Vote Against Previous Proxy Rules Under ERISA

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”), on December 29, 2016, issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 (“IB 2016-1”) under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") regarding the duties of fiduciaries under...more

Newly Proposed IRS Rules Permit the Use of Forfeitures for QNECs and QMACs

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued proposed regulations that expand the permitted uses of forfeitures in a 401(k) plan. Under the proposed rules, the definitions of “qualified nonelective contributions” (QNECs) and...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule? No Certainty

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) April 6, 2016 new fiduciary rule (“Fiduciary Rule” or “Rule”) is under attack. Although the Rule became effective on June 7, 2016, it has an April 10, 2017 applicability date. With the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2017

Editor’s Overview - In 2016, we saw a considerable uptick in the number and variety of excessive fee lawsuits commenced against plan fiduciaries of defined contribution plans. We begin the year by taking a look at these...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

Will the DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule’s Implementation be Delayed?

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule expanding the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under ERISA and modified the complex of prohibited transaction exemptions for investment activities as a...more

IRS Relaxes Rules on Use of Forfeitures to Fund Safe Harbor Contributions and QNECs to 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently issued welcome guidance for sponsors of 401(k) plans. On January 18th, the IRS issued proposed regulations that permit forfeitures to be used to fund the employer’s safe harbor contributions, qualified...more

Excessive Fee Litigation

Over the years, we have seen numerous class action lawsuits against plan fiduciaries, starting with claims relating to mega 401(k) plans and, more recently, claims against the fiduciaries of very large University-sponsored,...more

Puerto Rico Treasury Issues New Guidance on Rules and Procedures for Qualification of Retirement Plans

The Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) issued Tax Policy Circular Letter No. 16-08 on December 23, 2016 (“CL 16-08”). CL 16-08 establishes new rules regarding the validity of retirement plan...more

Don’t blame the 401(k)

I’ve seen the articles that pop up about how 401(k) plans are somehow to blame for the lack of retirement savings or their replacement of defined benefit plans as the savings vehicle for private employers. I don’t like to...more

Post-Inauguration Outlook: ACA, Fiduciary Rule and Retirement-Related Tax Provisions

President Donald Trump took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2017, officially ushering in Republican control of the executive and legislative branches of government. With Republican control of both houses of Congress, and a new...more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for...more

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