PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 2nd, 2019

The U.S. Congress is heading into its summer recess, leaving a number of retirement-focused pieces of legislation hanging in the either. From the SECURE Act to the Butch Lewis Act, advocates for different pieces of legislation say they will remain active in the weeks and months ahead, with the goal of making progress before the presidential election year. Find below our latest coverage of Capitol Hill. We hope you’ll share some of what you read with a client or colleague. Also, consider joining us at the PLANADVISER National Conference in September for the latest updates. 

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FINRA Share Class Sweep Highlights Importance of Cooperation
The regulator granted significant credit for “extraordinary cooperation” to those firms which were proactive in identifying and fixing issues related to fee waivers for certain mutual fund share classes. Read more >
2019 PLANADVISER National Conference
Alison Cooke Mintzer, together with her advisory committee members, are building a provocative and compelling agenda to ensure every 2019 PANC attendee is energized, engaged and inspired! We’re also planning some exciting surprises and more opportunities than ever to share your value, and let you connect one-to-one with your peers. Read more >
Industry Demands Delay of New Jersey Fiduciary Regs, Deference to SEC
Advocacy and lobbying organizations representing the interests of brokers/dealers and investment advisers operating in New Jersey continue to voice their disapproval of the proposed regulations. Read more >
Fiduciary Clarity Needed for Successful Open MEP Expansion
Open MEPs as detailed in the SECURE Act offer a structure for a small plan to get maximum fiduciary support, experts say, but the roles and responsibilities of all the parties involved can be hard to keep straight. Read more >
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 (MEPs). Read more >
A DOL Secretary Scalia Would Quickly Find Direction
Having served as the DOL Solicitor General under the Bush Administration, experts suggest, Eugene Scalia would likely hit the ground running as a Labor Secretary with a conservative agenda. Read more >
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Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
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.
Lawsuit Challenges Fees in Kimberly-Clark's 401(k) Plan

The plaintiffs allege plan fiduciaries used what it calls ‘cobbled-together services from many providers’ and didn't monitor fees for any of them.

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