EBSA Again Extends Effective Date of Advice Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) said the final rule about investment advice under the Pension Protection Act will be extended to November 18.

On January 21 the DoL published a final rule governing the provision of investment advice under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s prohibited transaction provisions (see “DoL Finalizes Investment Advice Rule). Then the DoL extended the applicability and effective dates of the final regulation from March 23 to May 22 and invited public comments on the rule (see “DoL Suggests Advice Rule Delay).

In a press release, the EBSA said it has since determined that additional time is necessary to consider the legal and policy issues raised by comments (see “Controversy Brews over Investment Advice Regs).

The notice extending the effective date is expected to be published in the May 22 edition of the Federal Register.

Meanwhile, a proposed bill in Congress also addresses investment advice. Congressman Rob Andrews (D-New Jersey) last month introduced the Conflicted Investment Advice Prohibition Act of 2009, which essentially counters the DoL’s investment advice regulations (see “Andrews Introduces Advice Legislation). Andrews has been an outspoken critic of those regulations, specifically the class exemption (see “Andrews Legislation Raises Questions).