The president on Friday signed an executive order directing the Treasury Department to reassess required minimum distributions from 401(k) plans and ordering DOL staff to explore the possibility of allowing small businesses to join open multiple employer plans.
The ERISA Industry Committee is asking the IRS to broaden the Private Letter Ruling guidance via a revenue ruling or other guidance.
The appellate court upheld a district court’s denial of defendants’ motion to compel arbitration, concluding that the dispute fell outside the scope of the arbitration agreements because the claims were brought on behalf of the ERISA plans, not the individuals.
The case has already bounced back and forth several times between the district and appellate courts, testing complicated questions about conflicting language in summary plan descriptions and formal plan documents.
The new extension makes nondiscrimination relief available for plan years beginning before 2020, if the conditions of Notice 2014-5 are satisfied.
The SOA’s public-sector mortality study is designed to provide public pension actuaries and plan sponsors with information to help set mortality assumptions and includes separate mortality tables for teachers, public safety professionals and general members, respectively.
Claims that survived included fiduciaries breached their duties of loyalty and prudence in their selection and monitoring of investments, fiduciaries failed to monitor other fiduciaries, plan trustees failed to remedy actions of predecessors, and the fiduciaries engaged in prohibited transactions.
The new lawsuit alleges the university engaged in prohibited transactions when it used revenue sharing from plan investments to pay for HR staff salaries and fringe benefits.
The Department of Labor’s (DOL)’s Employee Benefit Security Administration’s (EBSA)’s Plan Investment Conflicts (PIC) project investigates issues related to fiduciary service provider compensation and conflicts of interest in relation to plan asset vehicles.
Echoing its original ruling, the district court’s second take concludes the lead plaintiff’s underlying allegations do not provide “more than a sheer possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully.”
The IRS has extended the deadline for submitting on-cycle applications for opinion letters for pre-approved defined contribution (DC) plans for the third six-year remedial amendment cycle to December 31, 2018, from October 1, 2018.
IRS Private Letter Rulings are directed only to the taxpayer requesting it; however, they can give retirement plan practitioners an idea of what the IRS thinks about plan sponsor decisions or programs.
Beyond the nearly $22 million in monetary terms, the settlement agreement includes substantial prospective relief to be provided by Deutsche Bank.
While not disagreeing with a federal court judge's decision, the plaintiff says the judge's findings about certain plan committee members warrants her ordering them to be removed.
Though they made suggestions for improving lifetime income options for DC retirement plan participants, some who made comments to the ERISA Advisory Council suggested offering in-plan annuities may not be the answer.
"As businesses become more aware of employee ownership's advantages—which include higher corporate performance, a share in the rewards for employees, and a retirement plan that often outperforms other alternatives—it is easy to see employee ownership increasing,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling.
A court appointed an independent fiduciary to distribute assets to the remaining plan participants.
A charter school in New Orleans has been told it has violated federal law and its obligations regarding financial management as identified in the charter operating agreement.
The lawsuit claimed the excessive compensation received by PIMCO officers through the PIMCO Total Return Fund was so disproportionately large that investment returns suffered.
In addition, they say the definition of “best interest” is not clear.