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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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.

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.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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