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"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

New Rule Governing Retirement Advice Shakes Up Traditional Broker Compensation

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its long-awaited and controversial fiduciary rule expanding the definition of who is a fiduciary when providing investment advice on retirement accounts. The rule aims...more

Courts Strike Down Church Plan Exemptions for Church-Affiliated Organizations

Until recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and federal courts seemed to agree that a retirement plan established and maintained by a church-affiliated organization generally qualified...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

Employee Benefits Developments February 2016

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Application of ACA Fee to Expatriate Health Plans. Section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes an annual fee on covered entities engaged in the business of providing health insurance...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

Last Call for Plan Restatements

My favorite professor at law school Bernie Corr said it best when he joked that the Bankruptcy Code changes to keep bankruptcy attorneys employed. I’m sure people think that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires...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

You Probably Don’t Need a Year-End Plan Amendment to Reflect the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Ruling

If you’re worried that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last summer might require a year-end amendment to your employee benefit plans,you have the paranoia of an ERISA attorney. You’re also in luck because...more

Plan Sponsors need to keep track of all plan amendments

I didn’t have such a wonderful time at law school because I felt the administration and much of the faculty weren’t honest when it came to the study of law and more importantly, our job opportunities. There was one law...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2015

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at how the lower courts have been dealing with claims for retiree health benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 926...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - October 2015

Bundled vs. Unbundled 401(k) Plan Providers: The Choice Is Not Clear. Not an easy choice. In our lives, there are times when we have two important choices. It's Coke vs. Pepsi, Mac vs. PC, Xbox vs. PlayStation...more

For Retirement Plans, it’s more about a process and less about a result

We’ve been conditioned in life that everything is about results. I know from law school the hard way how much that first job relied so much on grades. Businesses are so concerned with the bottom line and we know how sports...more

Employee Benefits Alert - August 2015

Retirement Plans - IRS Issues Guidance on Benefit Suspension Voting under MPRA - As we have written in prior alerts, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) permits trustees of financially troubled...more

The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - September 2015

The Essential Plan Providers For A 401(k) Plan. The Plan Providers you need. When people are sick, especially debilitating illnesses or diseases, it's natural for them to travel far and wide to get the best medical...more

Employee Benefits Developments August 2015

Certain Closely Held For-Profit Employers Need Not Provide Women’s Contraceptive Services. Under the ACA, non-grandfathered group health plans must cover specified preventive services, including certain women’s preventive...more

IRS changes their Determination Letter Program

When I first started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, almost every plan I worked on except for standardized prototype plan documents were submitted to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a favorable determination letter to...more

Employee Benefits Alert - July 2015

Major Revisions to Qualified Plan Determination Letter Process Announced - Effective January 1, 2017, the staggered five-year determination letter remedial amendment cycles for individually designed plans will be...more

IRS Moves to Prohibit Lump Sum Windows for Retirees

The IRS issued Notice 2015-49 (the "Notice") on July 9, 2015, effectively ending the ability of sponsors of qualified defined benefit pension plans ("DB Plan") to "de-risk" their plans by offering participants in pay status...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2015

Supreme Court: Plan Fiduciaries Have a Continuing Duty to Monitor Plan Investments. In 2007, participants and beneficiaries under a 401(k) plan sued the plan fiduciaries and the plan sponsor to recover damages for alleged...more

New Oregon Laws: Criminal Background Checks and State Retirement Savings Plan - “Ban the Box” and Oregon Retirement Savings Plan...

Two new Oregon laws establish policies regarding employer criminal background checks and questions for applicants and a state-run retirement savings plan. In part, Enrolled House Bill 3025 (HB 3025) bans the practice by some...more

The Snowball Effect in not using an ERISA Attorney

The snowball effect is the term for a process that starts from something that is small and builds upon itself, becoming larger and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous. The idea is that an avalanche can be started...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2015

Editor's Overview - In this month's newsletter, Anthony Cacace analyzes the heavily anticipated Supreme Court ruling in Tibble v. Edison Intl., 135 S. Ct. 1823 (2015), where the Court held that ERISA's fiduciary duty of...more

DOL Proposal Would Fundamentally Alter Fiduciary Relationship

Nearly five years after proposing a failed rule that would have dramatically expanded the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), the Department of Labor has decided to try...more

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