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Department of Labor Extends Transition Period for Exemptions Under the Fiduciary Rule

On November 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) extended the transition period for its conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the "fiduciary rule") until July 1, 2019....more

Treasury’s Third Report on Financial System Regulation Focuses on the Asset Management and Insurance Industries

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently released a report examining the regulatory framework for the asset management and insurance industries (Report). The Report is the third in a series of four reports that...more

DOL kicks fiduciary rule enforcement until 2019

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As expected, the Department of Labor (DOL) has delayed enforcement of the main provisions of the new fiduciary rule. Provisions covering exemptions for best-interest contracts and principal transactions will now go into...more

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

On November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized the delay of the applicability date for certain conditions for exemptions to the fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. This delay was initially proposed in late...more

It Won’t Matter Until It Becomes Law

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I spoke to a fellow ERISA attorney who was talking about the proposed changes going back and forth regarding tax reform. I told him I just didn’t have time to follow and I’m not a big fan of proposals, I just cared about what...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

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

On November 2, 2017, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives released its tax reform bill titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”). On November 6, 2017, Kevin Brady, Chairman of the...more

House Bill Proposes Major Modifications To Employee Compensation And Benefits-Related Laws; Initial Amendments Provide Limited...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act proposed by the US House of Representatives on November 2 (House Bill) proposes major modifications to employee and partner compensation and benefits-related provisions of the Internal Revenue Code,...more

Update: House's Proposed Tax Reform Bill Revised, Walking Back Taxation of Stock Options at Vesting

On November 9, 2017, in what many employers will view as a positive development, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to send to the full House of Representatives a version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Proposed...more

The Impact on Taxation of PassThroughs if House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Passes

On November 2, 2017, the House of Representatives (the "House") introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("H.R.1"). This bill, if passed, would make fundamental changes in the taxation of businesses operated in pass-through form....more

Executive Compensation Ramifications of Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

In its current form, the proposed legislation would drastically change the tax treatment of executive compensation in several areas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as proposed by the Ways and Means Committee of the US House of...more

UPDATE: Three Significant Takeaways from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Polsinelli on

This update to our Tax Alert on Nov. 2nd describes additional key provisions in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1), released by the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 2nd, as well as the Chairman’s...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

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

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 Trump threat to 401(k) and the reality of it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When Donald Trump was elected President last November, there were quite a few people who promised gloom and doom as if it was the end of our republic. Despite the tweets and the drama, that really hasn’t panned out yet. Many...more

DOL Kicks The Fiduciary Rule Further Down The Road

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Fiduciary Rule is like a bad soap opera where the action takes too long to happen and it’s just stretched out over time making small turns with some end game to happen later down the line....more

Department of Labor Officially Proposes Delaying Fiduciary Rule’s Exemptions for 18 Months

On August 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) officially proposed delaying the applicability date of exemptions to its fiduciary rule until July 1, 2019. The proposal was expected after DOL stated in a court filing...more

Recent Developments on DOL Fiduciary Rule

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

There have been several attempts to kill the Fiduciary Rule in recent months. On June 8, The Financial Choice Act (H.R. 10), which overhauls the Dodd-Frank Act and in the process repeals the Fiduciary Rule, passed by a vote...more

Department of Labor Requests Additional 18-Month Delay of Certain Fiduciary Rule Requirements

On August 9, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) stated in a court filing that the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) is reviewing a proposal to extend the applicability date for certain requirements under DOL’s...more

WPI Insider Briefing: After ACA "Repeal and Replace" Effort Fails, What's Next For Employers on Health Care and Other Workplace...

by Littler on

Last month began with significant momentum but long odds that Senate Republicans would pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the early hours of July 28, GOP efforts came to a screeching...more

Brace for 2018: The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule is unlikely to be repealed — public companies should plan to comply. Takeaways - •The Financial CHOICE Act, which aims to repeal the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, is unlikely to...more

myRA put out to pasture

by Ary Rosenbaum on

President Obama’s myRA program was put out to pasture by the Trump administration because of high government cost and low participation....more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

Chipping Away - Does the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Continue to Be on the Chopping Block?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2017 a Request for Information (the “RFI”) regarding the final regulation defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a...more

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