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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we feature three key developments. First, we review the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Gobeille v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, 947 (2016) wherein the Supreme Court held that a...more

"Labor Department Redefines ‘Fiduciary’ for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Purposes"

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a widely anticipated final regulation that redefines who is a “fiduciary” of certain employee benefit and other plans for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income...more

“Best Interests” of Investors and Employees

Ima Knowitall, owner of All My Business Ideas (AMBI), just read the Wall Street Journal article on new Department of Labor (DOL) regulations and called her financial advisor, Phillip Coffers. Mindful of last fall’s Tilting...more

News Alert – Employer Action Required Following Issuance of Final Rule

On April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the much anticipated final regulation to broaden the scope of fiduciary status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Offering an education is a must for Advisors

I had a few advisors who asked me about offering investment education as it pertained to the fiduciary rule, but it’s clear that the Department of Labor wants it offered when it made a carve out to the final rule to allow for...more

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

Recent Lawsuit Demonstrates Continuing Need for Plan Fiduciaries to Document Decision-Making Process

Late last year, another lawsuit was brought on behalf of participants in a 401(k) plan alleging breaches of fiduciary duties resulting from allegedly high plan fees. This type of case is not novel; the law firm that brought...more

Advisors Advantage - April 2016

The Struggles Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider And How To Manage It. What you have to deal with. Being a retirement plan provider is like any other business in the sense that it has to be managed in a way...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 - March 2016

Things About Plan Providers That Shouldn't Impress Plan Sponsors. Don't get bamboozled. There are certain things in life we really should be impressed by, but we always end up being impressed by the wrong...more

Why So Serious? Try Some Humor.

When I worked at that law firm, I always felt I was Al Czervik, the Rodney Dangerfield character from Caddyshack while the Managing Attorney was like Judge Elihu Smails or maybe Smails’ wife since the Managing Attorney was...more

Advisors Advantage - March 2016

What A Retirement Plan Financial Advisor Needs And Where To Get It. Stuff you need and where you can find it. A checklist is an informational aid that is used to reduce failure by compensating for the lack of...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

Experience can mean a lot of things

I always talk about how plan sponsors need to work with experienced financial advisors, third party administration (TPA) firms, and ERISA attorneys on their plan needs. Like with reasonable fees, I believe that the term...more

Advisors Advantage - February 2016

Avoiding The “Bumps” Of Being A Retirement Plan Provider - I’m a big fan of business history and every successful company that has ever been founded has had a few bumps along the way. For example, Apple almost went out...more

The Big 401(k) Issue Many Don’t Focus On

The fixation and discussion about plan expenses usually flares up when the stock market isn’t doing well. Two major corrections within a 10-year period (2000-2010) made fee disclosure regulations inevitable.  With the way 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

ERISA Claim Knocked Off the Pedestal - Provider of 401(k) Investment Platform Held Not to Have Fiduciary Liability

Over the years, U.S. employers that sponsor “401(k)” and other retirement plans, and plan fiduciaries, have increasingly become the subject of significant and potentially expensive litigation under the Employee Retirement...more

New Great West case and Revenue Sharing

Add Great West under their Empower Retirement brand name as the latest bundled provider being sued. Great West is being sued for revenue sharing fees from mutual funds as part of their program....more

Don’t make yourself a target

Sometimes if you don’t want to be a target, don’t make yourself to be a target. Insperity Inc. a provider of outsourced human resource and business management services to small and midsized businesses has been sued by...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

Reacting to Our Failure to Effect Sound Retirement Policy

Ever since ERISA was first promulgated, and notwithstanding consequential economic, societal and demographic changes, efforts at improving the nation’s employer-based retirement structure have had fits and starts mostly due...more

Being clever is asking for trouble

It was in “This is Spinal Tap” where I heard the line how there was such a fine line between stupid and clever. When it comes to protecting retirement plans, I always say KISS, the acronym for “keep it simple stupid”. So...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2015

Empathy and Communication by a Retirement Plan Provider Goes A Long Way. It goes way far. They say that game theory is the study of strategic decision making. It is "the study of mathematical models of conflict and...more

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