DB Plan Sponsor Clients Can Now Request Consultation Prior to Filing Distress Termination

The agency says this consultation will assist it and the plan sponsor in exploring whether a waiver of one or more filing obligations is appropriate, identifying potential issues preventing a distress termination of a particular plan, and may indicate that commencement of an agency-initiated termination of the pension plan is warranted.

It’s Not Déjà Vu, It’s a Brand New Best Interest Rulemaking Debate

The release of a thousand-page "best interest" rulemaking package by the SEC applying to all brokers and investment advisers is being hailed as a victory by some and a deep disappointment by others; either way, it's the start of another long chapter in the epic industry battle over federal conflict of interest regulations. 

Court OKs Northern Trust DB Plan Change

A federal appellate court affirmed a lower court decision that a change to Northern Trust's DB plan benefit formula does not violate ERISA or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).