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Department of Labor Opens the Door to Questioning Brokerage Windows Under 401(k) Plans

A request for information ("RFI") by the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") was published on August 21, 2014 regarding the use of so-called "brokerage windows" under retirement plans, such as many Section 401(k) plans, that...more

Prune those 401(k) Plan Investment Lineups

We are a nation of over abundance and we should be grateful for that. The problem is that over abundance can lead to a life of excess. We are often told that more is more and the problem is that there are many times where...more

An Education Policy Statement is not Magic

Any type of item that keeps you in health is a good thing as long as you use it. So the floss I bought after my last checkup and the exercise equipment that I bought my wife a few years ago that is collecting dust are...more

Private Equity Fund Charged by SEC with Violation of the Pay-to-Play Rules for Investment Advisors

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it had charged TL Ventures, a Philadelphia-area private equity firm (the "Firm") with the first ever case involving a violation of the "pay-to-play...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations On Longevity Annuities

With the goal of providing retirees with more options to manage their retirement income, the IRS issued final regulations on “qualified longevity annuity contracts” (QLACs). A QLAC is a type of deferred annuity that commences...more

Update For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor

Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative...more

Mitigating Longevity Risk in DC Plans

401(k) participants face the risk of outliving retirement assets. However, earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued final regulations that make it easier for 401(k) plans, individual...more

A New Reality for ESOP Fiduciaries - Company Stock Investments for Employee Participants in Retirement Plans of Public and...

For the ESOP fiduciary of a publicly traded employer, the Supreme Court has made clear that non-public insider information is not required to be used in reaching a decision to buy, hold or sell employer securities....more

What Does the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer Mean for ESOPs and Other Retirement Plan Fiduciaries?

Fiduciaries of qualified retirement plans, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), have generally been entitled to a presumption that they have acted prudently in offering employer stock as an investment alternative...more

Retirement plans aren’t paint by numbers

I grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, so many of the toys I had are a little quaint when you see the toys of today. I had Star Wars figures, but outside of Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, and C3P0, I always had those characters that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Changes Fiduciary Rules for Retirement Plans with Employer Stock

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision affects fiduciaries of retirement plans that have investments in employer stock. In the decision, the Supreme Court held that a retirement plan fiduciary is not entitled to a presumption...more

When can a mandatory retirement age be justified?

In Seldon v Clarkson Wright & Jakes, the EAT decided that a partnership's mandatory retirement age (MRA) of 65 for partners was a proportionate means of achieving the partnership's legitimate aims of workforce planning and...more

Rules Will Allow Issuance of Longevity Insurance in Retirement Plans

On July 1, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final rules excluding qualifying longevity annuity contracts (QLACs) from the required minimum distribution rules (RMD...more

The Mistaken Fiduciary: Can You Correct Overpayments to U.S. Retirees?

Even the best run pension plans occasionally pay retirees the wrong amount due to errors in employee classification, or calculating participant service or compensation. Correcting underpayments is easy enough – though it is...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE Aims to MARKUP HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL - While not yet noticed, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to markup a short-term highway funding bill before the...more

Non-U.S. Retirement Plans Must Comply with or Claim Exemption from FATCA by July 1

In January 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published final regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). FATCA is intended to make it more difficult for U.S. taxpayers to conceal assets held in...more

Plan Sponsors’ Misconceptions About Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure

To me, there is no greater television show than Seinfeld because it’s timeless and there is something about each episode that reminds you of normal day life. In the reverse chronology episode set in India called “The...more

New Fiduciary Rule Delayed

The Department of Labor (DOL) just announced that they were delaying the implementation of a new fiduciary rule for retirement plans and individual retirement accounts. They claim it will be released in 2015. How many years...more

IRS Provides Guidance on Retroactivity of DOMA Decision for Qualified Retirement Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2014-19 and related answers to FAQs, which give plan sponsors additional guidance on how the Supreme Court's decision last June in U.S. v. Windsor applies...more

IRS Issues Retroactive Relief Requirement for Delinquent Retirement Plan Form 5500

Until now, those who used the Department of Labor’s Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP) to obtain relief from penalties for failing to timely file Form 5500 automatically qualified for relief from the...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on a Long-Standing Circuit Split Over Collectively Bargained Retiree Health Care Benefits

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court agreed to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Tackett v. M&G Polymers USA, LLC, 733 F.3d 589 (6th Cir. 2013). The Court will resolve an existing circuit split as to how courts...more

Retirement Benefits: Missed Deferral Opportunities

The Issue: When an employer fails to take into consideration all forms of compensation (e.g., commissions, bonuses, etc.) for purposes of employee deferrals to its 401(k) Plan, is that a problem?...more

Avoiding the Top Retirement Plan Mistakes - Checklist

In This Presentation: - Eligibility Errors - Vesting Errors - Compensation Errors - Distribution Errors - Loan Errors - Testing Errors - Other Errors and Things to Consider Excerpt from...more

View From McDermott: Having Their Cake and Eating It Too—An Employer’s Guide to Managing Retirement-Eligible Employees Who Want to...

‘‘I would like to start receiving my retirement benefits now, but I would also like to keep working for a bit. Can I do this?’’ Baby boomers pose this question to their employers on a routine basis. Unfortunately, there is no...more

The trepidation about Retirement Plan Committees

I’m asked all the time about retirement plans setting up committees to manage their plan and I’m a little torn on the matter since I’m not had such a great experience with committees in outside plan activities. So I’ll voice...more

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