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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

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

...On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it was awarding nearly $2.5 million to a government employee who tipped off the SEC to a company’s wrongdoing. Although the SEC does not...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

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Don’t get out of your level of comfort

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I started this law firm about 17 years ago as a side project. It is where I could offer legal services on the side while I did my normal day job. It was an experiment on whether I could go out on my own and I learned during...more

Further ESOP Transaction Guidance Set Forth in Latest DOL Settlement Agreement

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the heels of a recent settlement agreement with an institutional employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustee, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and individual trustee James F. Joyner III (Joyner) entered into a...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule, Emphasizing “Flexibility” of Median Employee Pay Calculation

by Smith Anderson on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio rule. The SEC’s interpretive release emphasized the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

P&G is banking on “a variation of America’s electoral arithmetic” as its best bet for keeping Trian’s Nelson Peltz away from its board. So . . . we’ll see him on there soon [?]....more

Grow your client’s plan assets

by Ary Rosenbaum on

If you’re a financial advisor, more assets under management equal more money. It’s pretty simple to me. So that means a financial advisor working in the 401(k) plan space should do their best to making sure that their Plans...more

Pick a Provider That Is Ahead of The Curve

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to plan sponsors in choosing providers for their retirement plan, I think one rule of thumb is to choose plan providers that are ahead of the curve. What do I mean by ahead of the curve? Retirement plan...more

Don’t Let Them Change You

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own National ERISA/ retirement plan law practice more than 7 years ago, it wasn’t easy. It still isn’t easy, but I could no longer see myself working for people who were either too arrogant or too blind to...more

Should Your 401(k) Plan Go Safe Harbor?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

December 1 is pretty quickly going to be upon us, which reminds me that I have some notices to send out shortly. For those in the retirement plan business, we know December 1 marks the date that safe harbor notices have to be...more

SEC Issues New Guidance to Help Companies Prepare CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued new guidance to help companies prepare their pay ratio disclosures that provides some relief for companies—and further validates that these rules are highly unlikely to...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Requires Participant to Arbitrate Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Investment Advisor - Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - In a major victory for an...more

Pay Ratio Disclosures are an Employee-Relations Opportunity…Really

Most companies are now devoting substantial resources and effort to ensuring compliance with the SEC’s new rules requiring disclosure of the ratio of the CEO’s and median employee’s respective annual total compensation....more

Obama’s DOL Fiduciary Rule Fades into the Distance

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get financial advice about the assets in your account from an investment advisor, broker, planner, or insurance...more

The SEC's New Guidance Provides Additional Flexibility for Compliance With CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretive release and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the "Staff") published separate guidance and revised Compliance and...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

Updated SEC Guidance Emphasizes Flexibility in Complying with Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Beginning in 2018, U.S. public companies will generally need to comply with the pay ratio disclosure rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires that each such company disclose the...more

"It all sounds very reasonable..." New SEC Guidance Emphasizes Reasonableness and Flexibility in CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an interpretative release and related compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) for registrants regarding the CEO pay ratio...more

SEC Adopts Additional Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted interpretive guidance regarding Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, which governs pay ratio disclosure. The interpretive guidance is intended to...more

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