PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 14th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers. This edition of PLANADVISERweekend offers a 2020 compliance update. From action at the Supreme Court to new debates on Capitol Hill, a lot has happened so far this year—not to mention the regulatory and legislative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you find our coverage helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

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DOL Motives for Fiduciary Rule Questioned in Public Comments
Consumer groups and advocates of the fiduciary adviser industry want the Department of Labor to reconsider aspects of its proposed fiduciary rule. Read more >
Princeton ERISA Settlement Features $5.8M Price Tag
In addition to the payment into a settlement fund, Princeton has agreed to what the settlement agreement calls “therapeutic relief,” including a pledge to not raise fees.  Read more >
Biden’s Plan to Shore Up Americans’ Retirement Builds on Status Quo
It proposes reinforcing Social Security and Medicare as key steps to providing greater retirement security to older Americans. Read more >
Segal Leaders Perplexed Over Treasury’s Benefit Cut Rejections
A law passed in 2014 allows stressed union pensions to reduce benefits in order to prevent insolvency, subject to approval by the U.S. Treasury. One leading actuarial firms says the agency is preparing to wrongfully reject an application made by one of its clients. Read more >
SEC Fund Report Proposal Seen as Big Step Toward Modernization
One attorney who works on Securities and Exchange Commission compliance issues says the proposal will help retail investors digest key information while ensuring transparency remains a top priority. Read more >
DOL’s ESG Restrictions Prompt Retirement Industry Head Scratching
Broad based demand is building among U.S. retirement plan investors for access to environmentally and socially responsible investments, leaving industry analysts wondering why new restrictions are being proposed by the Trump administration. Read more >
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Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

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