PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 10th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week Merrill Lynch again grabbed headlines for being an early mover on fiduciary rule reforms. The firm, which in 2016 was among the first to announce it would halt sales of mutual funds within its commission-based IRA platform, tells PLANADVISER it will continue to move in that direction—with some important tweaks to its strategy now that the Trump administration has delayed the new fiduciary paradigm. Get the full story, as well as our latest coverage of industry litigation and regulation, below. 
Editor's choice
Dodd-Frank Repeal Battle Parallels Fiduciary Fight
Federal agencies and initiatives carry significant momentum and must be redirected carefully, but forcefully, by any incoming president. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Defenses Prevail In District Courts, But Does It Matter?
A series of recent district court decisions show strong deference for the DOL’s right to promulgate a more aggressive fiduciary standard—how relevant the decisions will remain under President Trump is still anyone’s guess. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Workshops Support Client Compliance
Speakers from the DOL will discuss basic fiduciary do’s and don’ts associated with operating an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Read more >
Joint Congressional Resolution Targets Public DC Plans for Private Sector
GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate suggests it is a federal government overreach for DOL to encourage or require states to offer workplace retirement savings programs for private sector workers. Read more >
Connecticut Aims To Strengthen 403(b) Provider Reporting
Service providers to tax-qualified 403(b) plans already have certain federally mandated conflict of interest reporting requirements, but the Connecticut State Legislature may also step up and play a role. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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