Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the topic of Health Care and Other Benefits that remain top-of-mind for plan sponsor clients. Our adviser readers may focus on 401(k) plans and pensions, but the stories below demonstrate the important intersections of health and wealth.
The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.
Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.