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Plan Sponsors and Service Providers Must be Aware of Changes Made to Rules Pertaining to Puerto Rico Qualified Retirement Plans

by Littler on

Recent changes to Puerto Rico’s tax treatment of certain retirement plans have taken effect. Act No. 106 of August 23, 2017 (“Act 106”) amended Section 1081.01 of the Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Code as amended, (the “PR...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

Legal Issues Business Leaders Need to Know in 2018

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

In recent years, the CFPB has struck fear into the C-suites of financial services companies. The agency was extraordinarily active in rulemaking that addresses every aspect of lending, prepaid cards and arbitration clauses in...more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

Class action lawsuit isn’t the only fear

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan sponsors will say it all the time: they are too small to be sued in a class action lawsuit. That may be true, but a class action lawsuit isn’t the only thing to fear....more

No Fooling: U.S. Department of Labor Confirms That The Disability Claims Regulations Will Go Into Effect on April 1, 2018 Without...

In a recent news release, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed that its final rule amending the disability claims procedure requirements applicable to ERISA-covered...more

Understanding the Standard of Care for Broker-Dealers and the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

Until recently, broker-dealers operating in the United States weren’t subject to a fiduciary standard when dealing with their retail clients. The passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 included a provision enabling the...more

New Year’s Resolution #5: Four Employee Benefits Resolutions for 2018!

Happy New Year! It’s that time when we all vow to better ourselves in the months ahead. Resolutions abound, and they need not be limited to individual self-improvement. Employers too have many opportunities for betterment in...more

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

Impact of Tax Reform on Some Private Company Equity Awards: Limited Income Tax Deferral Opportunities for Employees

by Perkins Coie on

The recent tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act includes a new income tax deferral regime for certain employee stock options...more

The Department of Labor’s Newly Issued Association Health Plan Proposed Regulations Include Welcome Changes for Employers But...

On January 3, 2018, the Department of Labor issued proposed regulations that will make it easier for small employers to band together to form “association health plans” (“AHPs”), thereby providing access to more liberal...more

Things That Plan Providers Don’t Tell You as a 401(k) Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When my wife and I bought our house, there were quite a few things that the previous owner forgot to tell us such as the fact they never bothered to pull the pipes from the dental office run by a previous owner 20 years...more

2017 was a banner year for 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

An analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that 2017 was a banner for 401(k) plan account balance. The analysis found that the average account balance for younger (25-34), less tenured (1-4 years)...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) into law. While the Act is extensive, this Advisory discusses only the changes made to employee benefits such as qualified retirement plans,...more

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting Suffers Major Defections—and May Suffer More

Three prominent financial services companies recently announced their withdrawal from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, an agreement among securities firms regulating the conduct of stockbrokers changing jobs and curtailing...more

The Top 10 Class-Action-Related Developments of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

2017 was a relatively quiet year for major class action news, especially in the Supreme Court, which addressed only a handful of cases that might have an impact on class actions and reached decisions only in a couple of those...more

Tax Reform and Employee Benefits – What You Need to Know Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As you have probably heard by now, the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Reform Act) made significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code. With regard to executive compensation, the Tax Reform Act made widely...more

Whistleblower Risks at the Supreme Court

by NAVEX Global on

Later this year, the Supreme Court will rule on whether whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act apply only to people who report misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That is, people who report...more

IRS Modifies Voluntary Compliance Program Fees for Qualified Retirement Plans

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has announced that it has made substantial modifications to the fee structure applicable to voluntary compliance program (VCP) applications for the correction of compliance defects in tax-qualified retirement plans,...more

ERISA Newsletter - Fourth Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - For over two decades, federal law has required covered health plans and insurers to ensure that certain mental health benefits are in parity with offered medical/surgical benefits. The meaning of...more

Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that Impact Individual Taxpayers for Non-Business Items

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 makes substantial changes to the income taxes of individuals. The Act's individual changes noted in the attached chart generally expire on January 1, 2026, and the speculation will...more

Time to Revisit Executive Compensation Arrangements in Light of Recent Tax Reform

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, will significantly impact many public company executive compensation plans and arrangements. Companies should take this opportunity to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An overview of last Friday’s jobs report, which saw the US adding fewer jobs than expected but also tracked a welcomed increase in wages for the least-educated workers....more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Providers Should Encourage Participants To Rollover Assets. In so many ways, it makes sense. There are so many issues in advising retirement plan sponsors in your role as a retirement plan provider that you may...more

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