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Retirement Plan Fiduciary Duty

The Trouble With 401(k) Investment Policies

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The most common area in which 401(k) plans are being scrutinized these days is in their selection and design of investment offerings. While participants often get to direct how their funds are invested, that direction is...more

Edison must pay in long running Tibble lawsuit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A federal court ruled that Edison International must pay more than $7.5 million to compensate plan participants for its decision to include high-fee retail share mutual funds in its 401(k) plan when identical institutional...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

Recent Plan Fiduciary Victories in ERISA Single-Stock Fund Litigation

by Morgan Lewis on

Even with these victories, continuing risks remain for plan fiduciaries. Over the last few months, there have been a significant number of court decisions ruling against plaintiffs alleging ERISA breach of fiduciary claims...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

If You’re A Plan Sponsor, A Scanner Can Be A Good Friend

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Being a plan sponsor is a tough job and the amount of paperwork that goes with it can be overwhelming. The paperwork includes plan documents, summary plan descriptions, amendment, valuations, trusts statements, and payroll....more

DOL to Postpone Deadline for Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor has received OMB certification, and sought expedited notice-and-comment, for a rule change that would postpone the full implementation deadline for its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 until July 1,...more

Labor Department Extends Applicability Date of BIC Exemption and PTE 84-24 an Additional 18 Months

by Carlton Fields on

The Labor Department has proposed extending the applicability date of the Best Interest Contract Exemption, the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets Between Investment Advice Fiduciaries, and certain...more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2

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

Can Financial Institutions Use In-House Funds for Their Own Retirement Plans?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Financial institutions that sell mutual funds to the public often maintain 401(k) and other retirement plans for their own employees. In these plans, many financial institutions make their own mutual funds available to...more

Back to School for ERISA Fiduciary Claims: How to Prepare for This Trend in University Litigation

In the past 10 years, there have been an increasing number of lawsuits asserting Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) fiduciary claims. These have been accompanied by an increased focus by the Department of...more

Tibble and Class Action Plaintiffs Win Round Two versus Edison International and Its 401(k) Investment Committees

In past articles in this Blog I reported on decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with a class action for breach of fiduciary duty for selecting retail mutual funds in...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

They can’t see it, since they caused it

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years back, I had the worst call with a prospective client in the 19 years I have been an ERISA attorney. This 401(k) plan sponsor was like many prospective clients, poor participation and paying too much in fees....more

Department of Labor Seeks Delay of Fiduciary Rule Implementation Until July 2019

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor has moved to delay implementation of three exemptions of the “fiduciary rule” until July 2019. The regulation, which partially went into effect earlier this year, requires financial advisers to...more

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) filed a notice in connection with pending litigation that revealed a portion of its current plans for the fiduciary rule. In the filing, the DOL stated that it has...more

DOL Seeks to Extend Transition Period under the Fiduciary Rule

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a proposal with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay implementation of the following exemptions under the fiduciary rule from January 1, 2018 to July 1,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Labor Department has proposed (in a District of Minnesota court filing, at least) an 18-month delay in the retirement-adviser fiduciary duty rule compliance deadline. Experts suggest that a significantly revised rule is...more

DOL Extends Fiduciary Rule Transition Period, Issues FAQs on Fee Disclosures

Transition Period Extension - In an August 9th court filing, the DOL announced it will extend the transition period for three prohibited transaction exemptions relating to the fiduciary investment advice rule (the...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401k Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

Exhaustion of Plan Administrative Remedies: Important Considerations Following Hitchcock v. Cumberland

Recently, the Sixth Circuit ruled in Hitchcock v. Cumberland University 403(b) Plan that pension plan participants are not required to exhaust their plan’s administrative remedies before pursuing claims alleging statutory...more

Even if you’re doing your job as a plan sponsor, you still can get sued

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The fact is that sometimes, bad things happen to good people. That can be said about retirement plans and the good plan sponsors and providers who do their job. No matter how great a job you do, the threat of potential...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

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