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Nordstrom is the latest large employer sued over their 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The department store business model is selling items at high prices with the heavy end of season discounting. Now if only Nordstrom did the same with their nearly $3 billion 401(k) plan....more

Proposed Tax Reform Bills of Senate and House Now Aligned on Key Compensation and Benefits-Related Tax Provisions

This WSGR Alert provides a high-level comparison of the latest tax reform proposals from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate as they relate to compensation and benefits matters....more

Stealing plan assets is easier than you think

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A third party administrator (TPA) and/or plan fiduciary stealing plans assets is easier than you think. The rumor that TPA Vantage Benefits stole $14 million from 6-7 of their clients shouldn’t be surprising to me because I...more

Plan Administrators’ 2017 Year-End Checklist

by Williams Mullen on

Plan administrators should review the following actions to be taken before the end of 2017 and focus on what to expect for 2018. The attached checklist addresses plan amendments, notices and other considerations for qualified...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Partnering Perspectives - Fall 2017

With the US poised to decrease regulation and the outcome of Brexit unknown, multinational institutions face a great deal of unpredictability in the regulatory landscape. In this edition of Partnering Perspectives, we look at...more

SEC's Latest Guidance Clarifies Rule 701 Disclosure Delivery Requirements

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 6, 2017, clarified the requirements for delivering financial and other disclosures to employees and other service providers receiving options and other equity...more

ISS Issues Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") issued draft proposed policy changes for the 2018 proxy season (the "Draft Changes").1 The Draft Changes for US companies are grouped in three categories:...more

ERISA’s Six-Year Statute of Repose for Fiduciary-Breach Claims Can Be Tolled

The Eleventh Circuit ruled that ERISA’s six-year statute of repose can be tolled by the parties even though it is a statute of repose. During pre-litigation negotiations between the U.S. Department of Labor and a trustee of...more

ISS Releases Proposed Policy Changes for 2018 Proxy Season

by Goodwin on

On October 26, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released certain proposed changes to its 2018 U.S. voting policies for comment. The proposals relate to non-employee director compensation, poison pills and gender...more

Treasury Department Urges Principles-Based Regulation of Money Managers; Delay of Implementation of Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s report on asset management and insurance recommends, among other things, a delay in implementation of the SEC’s liquidity risk management rule and the Department of Labor’s fiduciary...more

Trump and the 401(k) Flip Flop

by Ary Rosenbaum on

After word leaked that proposal for tax reform may include a provision limiting pre-tax salary deferrals to $2,400, President trump said any proposal limiting deferrals wasn’t likely. Then about a day or so later, Trump said...more

Saudi Arabia Update – October 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - Government to implement further anti-concealment (Tassatur) measures - The MOCI is finalizing a plan to combat the practice of tasattur. Tasattur is the colloquial name for the practice by which...more

Treasury Report Addresses Regulatory Approaches Affecting Investment Companies and Their Advisers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As required by President Trump’s Executive Order 13772, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued a report, “A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities, Asset Management and Insurance,” addressing the regulatory...more

Don’t want to call an ERISA attorney? It’ll snowball

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The snowball effect is a 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

Dutch dividend withholding tax

by Hogan Lovells on

On an international front, it has been announced that the new cabinet to be established in the Netherlands intends to abolish Dutch dividend withholding tax with effect from 1 January 2019. ...more

Well here is where an advisory firm gets in trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A good chunk of my work as an ERISA attorney is working with financial advisory firms in managing their retirement plan practice especially with 401(k) plans. I have many registered investment advisory clients around the...more

The $2,400 401(k) cap isn’t going to happen

by Ary Rosenbaum on

History has shown that when it comes to tax reform, certain personal deductions are sacrificed for lower rates. Ask people who had deductible IRAs and deducted their credit card interest prior to 1986. Simpler, lower rates...more

S.D. Fla. Refuses To Dismiss SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims

The Southern District of Florida recently denied a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss a former employee’s Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claims, finding that the plaintiff sufficiently alleged that she...more

There is a difference in the quality of service that TPAs offer

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In any service industry, the quality of service and price can be far and wide. While people say that I focus way too much on the workings on the third party administration (TPA) business, I do have more experience in that...more

Advisors Need To Offer Education

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans and it’s an important question. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors...more

Find those “missing” plan participants

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Missing plan participants are usually only an issue when a retirement plan decides to terminate and wants to avoid dragging out the process and having to file another Form 5500....more

Pensions Hazard for PE Buyers on Carve-Out Deals

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Corporate carve-outs have become increasingly popular in recent years, as buyout firms scour the market for primary deals. In an environment in which the UK Pensions Regulator (the Regulator) is becoming more active, in our...more

Avoid the headache: Stick to what you know

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the past 7 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

Plan Providers and Plan Sponsors Can Still Lose By Winning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The news comes trickling in for 401(k) plan providers and plan sponsors beating back class action lawsuits. Many plan providers win their case as defendants because the plan participants fail to convince a judge that the...more

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