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DOL Issues First Wave of Fiduciary Rule Guidance

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued long-awaited guidance in the form of answers to 34 frequently asked questions (the FAQs) on its final rule (the Rule) for determining when a party is a fiduciary, by virtue...more

Recaps from Proskauer’s 21st Annual Trick of Treat Tax Exempt Seminar

Proskauer’s 21st Annual Trick or Treat Seminar was held on Thursday, October 27. The Seminar discussed: Best Practices for Document Retention: One Size Does Not Fit All...more

The Final Rule: DOL Releases First FAQs Related to New Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released 34 FAQs providing additional guidance related to its final rule expanding the definition of an investment advice fiduciary (the Final Rule) for purposes of the Employee Retirement...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

ERISA Fiduciary Issues for Plan Sponsors: What Do 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Need to Know About Revenue Sharing?

Retirement plan revenue sharing has a bad reputation. Numerous lawsuits have been filed during the past year against employers that sponsor 401(k) plans alleging breach of fiduciary duty under the Employee Retirement Income...more

DOL Issues First Guidance on Fiduciary Rule

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued initial guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become effective on April 10, 2017. The guidance was issued in the form of FAQs and is...more

What’s Your Game Plan? Offensive or Defensive: Playing to Your Strengths [Expect Focus – October 2016]

- AXA Prevails at First Post-Jones v. Harris Excessive Fee Trial - Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation - On The Horizon: Global...more

The Legend of Fred

When your practice is successful as a retirement plan provider, you’re going to want to hire people who work outside the retirement plan business to help you manage your firm because the day to day running of a business...more

DOL Issues First Guidance on Fiduciary Rule

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued initial guidance on its new fiduciary rules, which are scheduled to become effective on April 10, 2017. The guidance was issued in the form of FAQs and is...more

Investment Management Update - October 2016

Investment Adviser AXA Wins Excessive Fee Trial - A federal judge in New Jersey has ruled in favor of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (AXA Equitable) and its wholly owned subsidiary, AXA Equitable Funds Management...more

Sometimes it’s about control

As a retirement plan provider, you meet a potential client and you just do so well in the meeting that you think there should be no way that you’re going to lose this prospect. Yet you get the call that a competing provider...more

Department of Labor Rule Paves the Way for State-Run Retirement Plans

On August 24, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule governing the exemption of state-run retirement plans from the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Over 30 states have either...more

Who is the biggest 401(k) Recordkeeper and what really matters

A few weeks back, I wrote an article about 401(k) hustlers you should watch out for and I mentioned the caveat of using a payroll provider as your 401(k)’s third party administrator (TPA). I posted it on LinkedIn and someone...more

Using Public Policy to Create IRA Irony

You might recall that the Department of Labor (DOL) took the position earlier this year that it had to protect individual retirement accounts and annuities as well as IRA owners by extending certain ERISA protections to them....more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Evolving DOL Fiduciary Rule: Impact on Mutual Fund Distribution and...

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final version of its “fiduciary investment advice” regulation (Final Rule) on April 6, 2016, following a lengthy proposal and re-proposal process. Although the Final Rule reflects...more

Owner/Trustee of 401(k) Plan Accused of Having Eyes Wide Shut on Fiduciary Duties

Last June I blogged about the trend of participant fee class actions moving down to smaller 401(k) Plans. Occasionally, class actions are brought based on other breaches of fiduciary duties, particularly those involving...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Enforcement of ERISA Plan Forum Selection Clause

The Eighth Circuit enforced an ERISA plan’s forum selection clause and denied plaintiff’s appeal to have her lawsuit for disability benefits transferred back to the District of Arizona. Plaintiff Lorna Clause, who lives in...more

401(k) Plan Sponsor ERISA Fiduciary Litigation Update: White v. Chevron Corporation

On August 29, 2016, the District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the lawsuit filed against Chevron Corporation by several participants in the Chevron Employee Savings Investment Plan (the “Plan”). ...more

Advisors Advantage - October 2016

The Laurita Rules for 401(k) Plan Providers. Once upon a time in the 401(k) world, I knew a man named Richard A. Laurita. I worked with Rich (as his friends called him) for two different third party administration (TPAs)...more

How Secure is Your Retirement Plan?

Most employers are generally aware of their fiduciary status as a “plan sponsor” of an ERISA-governed retirement plan (e.g., 401(k) and 403(b) plans). In fact, the employer’s hiring of a service provider is in and of itself a...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2016

Final IRS Regulations Eliminate Requirement to File 83(b) Election with Tax Return - Under Section 83(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”), if property is transferred in connection with the performance of...more

Cutting Through the Fog: The Applicability of DOL Conflicts of Interest Rule to Financial Advisors

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new Conflicts of Interest rule1 expands the scope of the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA2 and the Code3 to cover more classes of financial advisors. This rule replaces a long-standing...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - September 2016

Editor's Overview - This month, we have re-published an interview of our colleague Seth Safra discussing the Department of Labor’s final regulation concerning fiduciaries and conflicts of interest. In this interview,...more

Hold on to Your (Top) Hat: ERISA Section 502(a)(3) May Be Used to Enforce the Terms of a “Top-Hat” Benefits Plan

Thanksgiving is typically a time for gratitude, gathering with family, and acts of kindness among fellow men and women. But in one recent case, a bank used Thanksgiving to force-feed a separation agreement to its outgoing...more

Will ERISA litigators live long enough to become the villains?

Everyone knows I love movies and the memorable lines that come from them. I’ma a big fan of The Dark Knight and the line uttered by Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself...more

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