On May 22, 2017 Alexander Acosta, the Secretary of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on the Fiduciary Rule. In it he states: “The Labor Department has concluded that it is necessary to seek additional public input on the entire Fiduciary Rule, and we will do so.
The DOL’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans (known as the DOL ERISA Advisory Council) issued a report, Cybersecurity Considerations for Benefit, which summarizes its examination of and recommendations regarding cybersecurity considerations as they relate to pension and welfare benefit plans. Read More
In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration released it CONSUMER PROTECTIONS FOR RETIREMENT INVESTORS – FAQS ON YOUR RIGHTS AND FINANCIAL ADVISERS. Per the Department of Labor, beginning on April 10, 2017, retirement investors will benefit from important new protections requiring that financial advisers act in their best interest. Read
IRS Updates the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”) Revenue Procedure 2016-51 modifies and superseded Rev. Proc. 2013-12, 2013-4 I.R.B. 313, which sets forth the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”), a comprehensive system of correction programs for sponsors of retirement plans that have failed to satisfy certain requirements under section 401(a), 403(a), 403(b), 408(k), or
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a two-month extension of the comment period on the Form 5500 Modernization Proposals. The department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation published a Notice of Proposed Revision of Annual Information Return/Reports in the Federal Register on July 21, 2016. Read More