PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 28th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! We finally have a new Secretary of Labor, on the verge of President Trump’s 100th day in office. Andrew Acosta is known for a distinguished career in public service, and compared with the previous pick for the position, the response to the nomination and approval of Acosta has been far more positive, both on the left and the right of the political spectrum. Get the latest reporting on the Acosta confirmation and other pressing regulatory matters below, and have a great weekend! 
Editor's choice
New Pilot Takes the Helm at Department of Labor
The newly confirmed Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, will steer from the top the effort to either overturn or leave in place the Obama-era fiduciary rule and other regulatory reforms. Read more >
Does White Labeling Conflict With Transparency Trends?
At a recent PLANADVISER focus group event, it was evident that small- and mid-market plan sponsors had little interest in “white labeling” investments—and their rationale might surprise you. Read more >
Few See Income Drop After Claiming Social Security
Data shared by the Investment Company Institute suggests Social Security is a kind of income bonus for many—not a final income lifeline to be tapped once other wealth runs out. Read more >
Bill Would Address Loan Repayments and Savings After a Hardship Withdrawal
The Shrinking Emergency Account Losses Act would allow employees to continue to contribute to their DC plans during the six months following a hardship withdrawal, among other things. Read more >
Most IRA Assets Flow From Employer Plans
A new study by the Center for Retirement Research explores the modern state of the individual retirement account and those who invest in it. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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