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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.