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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

Chris Lazarini Comments on Court’s Preliminary Injunction Against DOL's Enforcement of its "Anti-arbitration" Rule

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on Thrivent's case seeking to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from prohibiting the nonprofit's mandatory use of individual dispute resolution processes. Once the...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

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

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Extension for Simplified Compliance With the BIC Exemption Under the ERISA Fiduciary Advice...

On November 29, the US Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its 18-month extension of the transition period under the Best Interest Contract Exemption (the "BIC Exemption"). As described in Katten's earlier advisory,...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

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

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

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

Certified Financial Planner Board Proposes Fiduciary Obligations for All CFP Financial Advice

by Carlton Fields on

In June, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Board released proposed revisions to its standards of professional conduct that would require CFPs to adhere to a fiduciary standard at all times when providing any "financial...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

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

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #3 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past two 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. We continue that discussion here. As in the past,...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

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

TPAs, Plan Fiduciaries Should React Proactively to U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

by Polsinelli on

In light of the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a health plan third-party administrator (TPA), plan fiduciaries and TPAs should re-examine, or even re-negotiate, portions of their current TPA...more

DOL Settlement Agreement Provides ESOP Transaction Guidance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and First Bankers Trust Services Inc. (FBTS) have entered into a settlement agreement filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, resolving a case challenging FBTS'...more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Fiduciary Rule Update – September 2017

The long-anticipated and often-delayed new fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) finally went into effect on June 9, with transition relief blunting its impact until...more

The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for...

By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its new “investment...more

Department of Labor Proposes 18-Month Delay in Applicability Date for Portions of Fiduciary Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published proposed amendments to the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other exemptions that would delay the applicability date of many of the requirements for...more

DOL Announces New Enforcement Policy on BIC Arbitration Limitation Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In order for fiduciaries to receive compensation that varies based on their investment advice (e.g., commissions) or from third parties in connection with their advice (e.g., revenue sharing), they must comply with a...more

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