Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing compiles our coverage of recent important developments in retirement plan regulation, legislation and litigation. As you will read about below, the SECURE Act appears to be stuck fast in the Senate, while the Supreme Court has handed down multiple decisions with important implications for the retirement plan audience. The DOL and SEC have also remained active in recent weeks. Get all caught up with this edition of PLANADVISERweekend.
The Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether an adequately funded pension that is not in immediate danger of insolvency could have wronged participants and breached ERISA in the selection of poorly performing investments offered by an affiliate company.
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Expert ERISA attorneys have been eagerly awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision in a case called Kisor v. Wilkie. The complicated ruling issued Wednesday is the most significant of the term for the retirement plan audience.
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The purpose of any such updates would be to increase the effectiveness of tax-favored retirement programs by allowing retirees to retain sufficient retirement savings in these programs for their later years, the IRS says.
It’s not just the financial services industry pushing for passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act; chambers of commerce, consumer advocacy groups and major U.S. corporations are also voicing support.
Plaintiffs challenge the use of proprietary products in Prudential’s defined contribution retirement plans, an arrangement they say impermissibly benefitted the company at the expense of plan performance.