PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 17th, 2020

Another week of unexpected challenges has passed and the retirement plan industry continues its efforts to respond to the demands of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Collected below are some recent PLANADVISER stories detailing the key actions of governments, advisers and providers as they seek to ease the economic pain. We hope you find some of what you read helpful and consider sharing with a client or colleague during this challenging time. Stay well!

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Retirement Plan Contributions Allowed Under Paycheck Protection Program
While the text of the CARES Act generated some uncertainty, the Treasury Department has confirmed that the PPP offers help with employer contributions to retirement plans and toward health benefits for employees. Read more >
Grit, Humility, Resolve Drive Investing Success in Tough Times
The equity markets dropped by nearly 50% during the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009, but retirement plan account balances of those who stayed the course recovered their full value by 2010, despite the lingering economic challenges. Read more >
DB Plans Get Relief for Certain Premium Payments and Filings
Due dates for filings or actions that would otherwise have been due on or after April 1, and before July 15, have been extended to July 15. Read more >
A Time of Crisis. A Time to Solve Our Big Problems?
With passage of the CARES Act, Congress has demonstrated an ability to speedily enact ambitious bipartisan legislation that addresses the nation’s major challenges head on. Sources wonder whether the feat can be repeated. Read more >
Clients Must Treat Layoffs and Furloughs Carefully
The IRS may determine that a ‘partial termination’ of a plan has occurred if a company undergoes sizable layoffs—but not furloughs—potentially impacting vesting schedules and other aspects of plan operations.   Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

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

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

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.

Court Calls Foul (For Now) on Northrop Grumman Settlement

Following the filing of various class member objections, a federal district court has denied a settlement agreed to by the parties in an ERISA fiduciary breach lawsuit against Northrop Grumman.

Estee Lauder Faces 401(k) Plan Excessive Fee Lawsuit

The lawsuit argues that while the TDFs in the plan are CITs, they are private label CITs with much higher expense ratios than the typical CITs offered by JPMorgan.

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