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Health Reform Rollercoaster

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Spending Quality Time with Your Pension Plan Actuary

The Internal Revenue Service updated its mortality tables under final regulations which are generally applicable on January 1, 2018 and did not delay the implementation of the mortality tables because the update was mandated...more

Retirement Plans at Risk for Identity Theft

While many cyber threats have special names, e.g., ransomware, malware, cryptolocker, advanced persistent threats or GRIZZLY STEPPE (a malicious cyber attack that occurred late in 2016), your retirement plan’s data may be...more

Life with Conflict of Interest Starting to be Implemented and Retirement Plan Update

Fee Changes and Disclosures Post Conflict of Interest Regulations Initial Partial Effective Date - The effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DoL”) conflict of interest or fiduciary regulation and related prohibited...more

Here We Go Again - The Senate’s Health Reform Bill

Late last week the Senate released its version of a health reform bill (the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” or the “Senate bill”) to fix the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “PPACA”). The Senate Bill...more

With the Tip of a Hat, a Fund Manager Can Be an ERISA Fiduciary

It’s official. The Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest regulation became applicable on June 9, 2017. Despite the consternation leading up to the issuance of this rule and the expectations of many that the rule...more

Applicability Date for DOL Conflict of Interest Rule is Looming

As you may be aware, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Conflict of Interest rule expands the scope of the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the Code to cover more classes of financial advisers. While the final rule...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

“Call to Action” May Create Fiduciary Liability under ERISA

Traditional investment advisers, as well as broker-dealers, insurance brokers, banks, and employers, are abuzz with questions and concerns relating to the final regulation issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on April 8,...more

Simplified 401(k) Roth Rollover Rules Finalized

Final Roth Rollover Rules Retain Simplification of Prior Notice and Ease Rollovers for Participants with Both Roth and Pre-Tax Amounts in their 401(k) Plan Account - Prior to the proposed rules on Roth 401(k)...more

Might You Be Stumbling Into Being Subject to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest Regulatory World?

The U. S. Department of Labor’s Conflict of Interest regulatory package (the “COI Rules”) reaches far more than traditional trustees named in retirement plan documents. Many financial advisors, tax advisors, investment...more

Important Information for 2015 Form 5500 Reporting: Pension Benefit Plans and Funded Welfare Benefit Plans

As you may know, there have been several new items added to the 2015 Form 5500 series. Specifically, these are: - ..Preparer Information at the bottom of page 1 of Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF ..Schedule H, Lines...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

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

A Brave New World for Investment Advisors 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

Safe! Mid-Year Changes to Safe Harbor Plans Permitted

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued long-awaited relief to sponsors of safe harbor 401(k) plans. For years, many employers have relied on various safe harbor plans designs to avoid generally applicable...more

Limited Transition Relief Provided for Employer Payment Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued additional guidance (Notice 2015-17) addressing the treatment of arrangements whereby an employer reimburses an employee for some or all of the premium expenses incurred for...more

HHS Explains Privacy Rule in Emergency Situations

On November 10, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a bulletin reminding covered entities and business associates of how they may disclose patient information for public health activities or in...more

IRS Expands Permissible Mid-Year Cafeteria Plan Elections

On September 18, 2014, the IRS issued Notice 2014-55, which expands permissible mid-year election changes under “cafeteria plans” to address two specific situations that have arisen in connection with the implementation of...more

What Employer Shared Responsibility Does Not Say

So much energy has been spent on what the final regulations on the employer shared responsibility tax and the related final reporting regulations (the “ESRR”), that some of the most significant considerations have been missed...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down Contraceptive Mandate for Closely-Held Companies

On June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held, in a 5-4 decision, that the contraceptive mandate included under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) violates federal law. The Court’s holding in...more

One, Two Punch for Moench – Supreme Court Eliminates Presumption for Employer Stock Investments

The United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion on June 25, 2014 in the case of Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer. While the Supreme Court’s holding substantially affects the fiduciaries of all employee stock...more

Fifth Circuit Denies Deferential Review for Fiduciary Actions

Many employee benefit professionals are aware of the deferential standard of review provided to plan fiduciaries in accordance with the 1989 United States Supreme Court ruling in Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. v. Bruch. That...more

IRS Announces Deadline to Amend Retirement Plans for Same-Sex Benefits

On April 4, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) published Notice 2014-19, in which it describes amendments required to be made to retirement plans qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

4/8/2014  /  IRS , Retirement Plan , Tax Benefits

Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Determined Unconstitutional

The State of Texas is the latest jurisdiction under scrutiny for its ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the state law banning same-sex marriage results in...more

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