PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 27th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! We hope many of you are planning for a three-day weekend to celebrate Memorial Day; unfortunately the top-clicked articles this week don’t make for very relaxing reading. Another round of ERISA litigation has been filed, including an excessive fee suit targeting a $9 million ‘micro plan.’ In this week's editor's picks, our expert columnists provide the insights you need to protect your clients. *Please note, we will be back Tuesday with the latest industry news.*
Editor's choice
Fred Reish and Joan Neri: ERISA Vista
Fred Reish, chair of the Financial Services ERISA practice at the law firm Drinker, Biddle & Reath, and Joan Neri, counsel on Groom’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group, field pressing compliance questions from readers and clients—with a recent focus on the DOL fiduciary rule.  Read more >
Marcia Wagner: Fiduciary Fitness
Marcia Wagner, ERISA expert and founder of Wagner Law Group, digs into the latest litigation and legislation of import to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Recent topics range from “The New Fiduciary Rule and Annuities” to “Expanding Coverage via State Plans.” Read more >
David Kaleda: Compliance Consult
David Kaleda is a principal in the Fiduciary Responsibility practice group at the Groom Law Group. His writing complements our other columnists and considers the art of managing requirements from the SEC, FINRA, DOL and all the other regulators watching over the ERISA industry.  Read more >
Join Our Upcoming PLANADVISER Fiduciary Rule Webcast
Our April 20th webcast for plan advisers offered a first-look at the results of the DOL’s final fiduciary regulations. As expected, a significant number of advisers tuned in. As a follow-up, our panel of experts will address some of the key questions that were submitted during that forum. Sign up here for the June 1st event. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER National Conference
We’re hard at work planning the upcoming PLANADVISER National Conference, which will mark the PLANADVISER publication’s 10th anniversary. We’ll hear from some of the top compliance experts in the country during the September conference.  Read more >
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Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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

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