The DOL adopted a rule amendment to create a new safe harbor which allows certain employee benefit plan administrators to provide plan participants with information using electronic media as the default method of delivery.
The Department of Labor provided guidance on responsibilities for plan fiduciaries and other stakeholders regarding shareholder rights, written statements of investment policy, and economically targeted investments.
The Department of Labor issued a final rule delaying the applicability date of the DOL’s rule defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code in connection with the provision of investment advice and certain related prohibited transaction exemptions (including the Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Principal Transaction Exemption) by 60 days.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas Division Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn denied a motion for summary judgment by the Chamber of Commerce, et. al. to challenge and vacate the heightened fiduciary standards mandated by the DOL fiduciary rule.
The Department of Labor adopted its final regulation addressing the definition of who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan under ERISA, or a plan under Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code, by virtue of giving investment advice to a plan, its participants or its beneficiaries. The fiduciary definition final rule, Best Interest Contract Exemption, certain principal transactions exemption, certain prohibited transactions exemptions, and amendments to certain class exemptions were published in the Federal Register.
The Department of Labor adopted its final regulation addressing the definition of who is a fiduciary of an employee benefit plan under ERISA, by virtue of giving investment advice to a plan, its participants or its beneficiaries.
On September 10, the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises held a hearing to a discuss the Department of Labor fiduciary rulemaking proposals. A number of members of the committee majority criticized the DOL's proposed rules and...
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