PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 9th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the ever evolving topic of regulatory compliance. Below you will find our latest coverage of the DOL, SEC, FINRA and state-based regulators. Particularly timely is the news about New York’s expanded “best interest” standard, which took effect on August 1st for annuity contracts and will take effect February 1, 2020, for life insurance policies. In a new decision, the New York Supreme Court calls the expansion “a rational and reasonable movement towards consumer protection.” We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Regulatory Radar
New York’s Top Court Endorses Fiduciary Standard for Insurance Sales
New York’s expanded “best interest” standard took effect on August 1st for annuity contracts and will take effect February 1, 2020, for life insurance policies. In a new decision, the New York Supreme Court calls the expansion “a rational and reasonable movement towards consumer protection.” Read more >
Hopes for Upset in FINRA Board Election
A contested election for a seat on the FINRA Board of Governors will be settled at the annual meeting of member firms on August 19. PLANADVISER spoke recently with both candidates in the tight race for the open large firm seat. Read more >
DOL Issues Final Prohibited Transaction Exemption for Auto-Portability
Now that participants’ small balances may be automatically transferred to their new 401(k) account, Retirement Clearinghouse expects to see a lot of business. 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 >
For a Limited Time, MEPs Can Fix This Form 5500 Mistake
In a new Field Assistance Bulletin, the DOL addresses a set of common errors made by multiple employer plans as they attempt to comply with a reporting rule introduced in 2014. 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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