PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 12th, 2019

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.

Regulation, Litigation, Legislation
Split House Committee Advances Stressed Union Pension Loan Program
Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee were adamant the bill is a positive first step that can and should be built upon in a bipartisan manner. Read more >
Proposed Regs Would Provide Exception to One-Bad-Apple Rule for MEPs
A final rule would take care of one item being considered in legislation proposing the ability for employers to join open multiple employer plans. Read more >
Plaintiffs’ Attorney in Thole v. U.S. Bank Predicts Victory in Supreme Court
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. Read more >
The Case That Almost Demolished the Retirement Plan Regulatory System
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.  Read more >
House Continues Fiduciary Fight
The lower chamber has voted to block funding for the SEC to implement and enforce Regulation Best Interest. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Reliance Trust Reaches Deal on 401(k) Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Suit

Admitting no wrongdoing, Reliance Trust will pay $39.8 million to settle the case.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Nestle Sued Over Fees for Managed Accounts, Recordkeeping

The lawsuit contends that, in most cases, the managed account service added no material value to participants, creating asset allocations 'not materially different than' those of the age appropriate target-date options for participants.

How to Diversify Retirement Plan Committees

With representation being top of mind in 2020, companies are reconsidering the makeup of their workforces and their retirement plan committees.

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