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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$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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.
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