PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 26th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Following months of uncertainty it now appears inevitable that the Department of Labor fiduciary rule reforms championed by President Obama will indeed be allowed to take effect. Below you will find our latest coverage and helpful context about the regulations and the compliance transition period that is about to commence. While the ultimate future of the rulemaking remains unknown, it cannot be denied that the regulations have already driven tremendous change in the retirement planning industry.  
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PSNC 2017 Preview: Washington Update
This year the panel features Bradford Campbell, partner, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, and former Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration under President G.W. Bush; as well as Michael Kreps, principal, Groom Law Group, and former Senior Pensions and Employment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions from the 110th through the 114th Congresses.  Read more >
How Workable Is the BICE?
Assuming the Department of Labor does not replace the current version of the BIC exemption, the requirements are so burdensome that using it for this fee structure would be impractical, according to one trusted pair of ERISA attorneys.  Read more >
Fiduciary Crunch Time
Retirement industry providers are preparing responses to the fiduciary rule. Those who were depending on the new President and Congress to halt the rulemaking have been caught flat footed.  Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Debate Impacts State-Run Plans for Private Sector
A new bill introduced by Senate minority Democrats, seeking to protect ERISA exemptions for state- and city-run retirement plans for the private sector, would likely be made redundant with the removal of the Obama-era fiduciary rules. Read more >
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A Mere 6% of Retirees Continue Working

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Pension Buyout Market Strains Should Lead DB Plan Sponsors to "Hibernate" Plans

Mercer suggests pension sponsors should now focus on the shakeout that lies ahead, with the potential bifurcation between liabilities sold to insurers and the hard stuff kept on pension balance sheets, by using hibernation investing.

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Plan Documents Require Update After Tax Reform

The new law extends the time a participant has to repay loans from 60 days after an offset to the date their tax return is due.

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

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