Conn. 401(k) Bill Shelved in House

A bill allowing the state of Connecticut to sponsor a 401(k) plan for small businesses apparently was a casualty of the last-minute scramble by lawmakers to end their session Wednesday night.

EBSA Studies 403(b) Orphan Contract Problem

A top Department of Labor (DoL) benefits regulator on Thursday revealed that the agency is studying ways to help 403(b) plan sponsors better deal with the difficult problem of getting an exact accounting of their orphan contracts.

DC Lawyer Barred from ERISA Plan Service

A federal judge has permanently barred a District of Columbia lawyer from servicing any Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans after the attorney was charged with helping improperly transfer retirement plan assets.

Got QDIA Questions? DoL Has Answers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DoL) Employee Benefits Security Administration has released a Q&A dealing with technical corrections to the final regulation on qualified default investment alternatives (QDIAs).

FINRA Proposes Change In Reporting Sales Practice Violations

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed rule amendments that would require registered firms to report allegations of sales practice violations against an individual broker made in arbitration claims or civil lawsuits that do not name the broker as a respondent or defendant.

IMHO: The Sum of Its Parts

Last week, the House Committee on Education and Labor passed the 401(k) Fair Disclosure for Retirement Security Act (H.R. 3185).

Miller Fee Bill Clears House Committee

The version of a 401(k) fee disclosure bill passed by a U.S. House committee Wednesday includes a controversial provision mandating that plan sponsors include an index fund in their investment lineup.

IRS Continues Fleshing Out PPA DB Funding Mandates

As part of regulators’ continuing efforts to flesh out the Pension Protection Act’s (PPA) mandates, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Friday issued proposed regulations on single-employer defined benefit plan funding requirements.