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I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

DOL Finalizes 18-Month Fiduciary Rule Delay, Extends Enforcement Policy

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Department of Labor (DOL) on Nov. 29 finalized additional delays to major aspects of its fiduciary rule by formally extending, by 18 months, certain transition period deadlines and applicability dates. Consequently, in...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. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

It’s Official - Implementation of Final Rule on Disability Claims Procedures Formally Delayed

by Dickinson Wright on

On November 24, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) formally delayed the applicability date of previously issued final regulations imposing new claims procedures to...more

The First State Auto IRA Is Up Running and Working So Why Do Some Business Groups Want These Plans to Fail?

by K&L Gates LLP on

As we go to press, a leading business trade group, backed by faulty legal “advice,” is aiming to kill state automatic individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Their immediate target is OregonSaves, which launched the first such...more

The Friday Five: Five Current ERISA Litigation Highlights

On November 29, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) further delayed and extended the applicability date of the 2016 Final Rule amending claims procedures for ERISA-covered employee benefit plans. Previously, the Final Rule...more

EBSA Formally Extends Applicability Date of Disability Claims Regulations to April 1, 2018; Time to Comment on the Regulations...

In today’s Federal Register, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor has published its notice delaying, by 90 days, the applicable date of its final rule amending the disability...more

What Should Employers Do About the Delay In the New Disability Claims Procedure Requirements?

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

On November 24, 2017, the United States Department of Labor ("DOL") announced a 90-day delay in the effective date of regulations that will significantly change the claims procedure requirements for employee benefit plans...more

WPI Insider Briefing – A Taxing Year Races to the Finish Line

by Littler on

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress made progress toward their singular legislative priority to enact comprehensive tax reform. Facing uncertainty in the 2018 midterm...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Qualified Retirement Plans (Part 4)

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered...more

Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

by Littler on

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about...more

Labor Secretary Again Speaks Out On The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made the news again this week due to his remarks on the ever-growing gig economy and the need for increased legislative attention on this topic. As we discussed in an...more

Massachusetts proposes a MEP and why it’s a bad idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

After Vermont decided to proceed with sponsoring an open multiple employer plan (MEP), legislation proposed would make Massachusetts the second state to sponsor a 401(k) MEP. Prior to May 2012, we had a decent market for...more

IRS Issues Memo on Missing Participant Search Standards

On October 19th, the IRS released a memorandum titled “Missing Participants and Beneficiaries and Required Minimum Distributions” (the “Memo”) to its plan auditors that provides guidelines for when a plan’s efforts to locate...more

Treasury Announces 2017-2018 Regulatory Agenda for Employee Benefits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently published updates to its guidance plans for the coming months. - On October 20, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS released their 2017-2018 Priority Guidance...more

Acosta Wants to Focus on the Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

The on-demand economy recently got some attention from a very powerful source. On October 25, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta stated during an event organized by the Jack Kemp Foundation that he believes...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

Federal Relief for Employee Benefits Plans Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

by Reed Smith on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued compliance guidance and a new law has been enacted providing employee benefits-related relief for...more

So You Want to Give Your Employee a Bonus?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

There are many reasons employers give bonuses to employees. Bonuses are a motivator. They effectively reward past contributions. Bonuses also allow employers to provide additional compensation to the workforce on a one-time...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

Department of Labor Proposes to Delay Implementation of Disability Claim Regulations

On October 6, 2017, the Department of Labor signed a proposed Rule “to delay for ninety (90) days – through April 1, 2018 – the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to...more

Help Us (and the Code) Help You! Helping Employees/Co-Workers in a Crisis

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

In response to disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, the general community comes together to assist those in need — donating our blood, time, money, and belongings. We respond similarly when one of our co-workers...more

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