PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 8th, 2019

For the casual observer, the shifting tangle of laws and regulations governing the behaviors of retirement plan fiduciaries can seem almost comically complex. For industry practitioners, wrestling with regulatory compliance is a daily battle, and one with potentially dire personal and professional consequences. Below you will find a roundup of significant regulatory events from 2019. We hope you’ll share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rule
The new rule would offer a safe harbor for sponsors that want to make retirement plan disclosures available on websites. Read more >
‘Smart Money’ Says 2nd Circuit Won’t Halt SEC Regulation Best Interest
Advisory firms waiting to see whether the 2nd Circuit will delay or outright halt the implementation of the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest are wasting precious time. Read more >
‘FINRA Settlement Expungement Process Is Broken,’ Former Regulator Says
FINRA is advancing a proposal to modernize the process by which brokers can clear their records of past customer disputes, but one former regulator questions whether the proposed approach fixes some fundamental issues of transparency and fairness for consumers. Read more >
State Insurance Regulators Seeking Harmony with Reg BI
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is seeking to update its rules and restrictions on the sales of annuities so they better harmonize with the SEC’s Regulation Best Interest. Read more >
IRS Proposes Changes to Tables Used in RMD Calculations
The purpose of any such updates would be to increase the effectiveness of tax-favored retirement programs by allowing retirees to retain sufficient retirement savings in these programs for their later years, the IRS says. Read more >
DOL and SEC Weigh New Proxy Voting Standards
Both the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission are revisiting their proxy voting rules, creating an opportunity for greater regulatory alignment. Read more >
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The Retirement Crisis Is a Coverage Crisis
For those workers who are offered a retirement savings plan at work, the U.S. retirement system functions pretty well; solutions are needed, however, to extend coverage to millions more Americans.
First Hints of Potential New DOL Fiduciary Rule Emerge

The Department of Labor has submitted a draft regulation to the Office of Management and Budget.

Retirement Plan Cyberfraud Suit Moves On With Claims Against Both Parties

A federal judge previously moved forward ERISA claims against retirement plan providers and has recently allowed for a counterclaim by the providers against the plan sponsor.

Lawsuit Calls Into Question Reasons for Fund Changes

Plan participants allege prohibited transactions between a plan sponsor and its investment manager relating to a revamp of the plan's investment lineup.

Split Supreme Court Rules in Thole v. U.S. Bank; Major Implications for Pensions

The case is expected to help determine whether the millions of Americans whose pensions are held in defined benefit plans have the right to sue the fiduciaries of their plans for mismanaging assets, even when their own retirement benefit has not suffered.

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