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DOL Finalizes Fiduciary Rule Extension

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

On April 4, the DOL filed the much-anticipated final rule outlining the 60-day extension of the applicability date of the conflict of interest rule—otherwise known as the fiduciary rule. The rule and accompanying prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs) will now be applicable on June 9, 2017 with certain provisions applicable on January 1, 2018.

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Fiduciary Rule Delayed—but Not as Long as Expected

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 60-day delay of the applicability date for its conflict of interest rule and the accompanying exemptions. The purpose of the delay is to allow the DOL to comply with the presidential memorandum dated February 3, 2017.

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President Acts on Fiduciary Rule

Saturday, February 04, 2017

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed a memorandum addressed to the acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor about the so-called fiduciary rule. The President directed the DOL to determine if the rule will harm Americans’ ability to access retirement information and financial advice. What does this turn of events mean for retirement plan sponsors?

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IRS Announces 2017 Pension Plan Limitations

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service announced its annual update to dollar limitations for pension and other retirement plans for tax year 2017. Some of the retirement plan-related limitations are changing because the annual cost-of-living increase met the statutory threshold that triggers their adjustment.

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New Federal Overtime Regulations

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

With the recent release of the Department of Labor’s revised federal overtime regulations, which are slated to take effect December 1, plan sponsors should be aware of the potential impact to their retirement plans. This new rule will touch more than 4 million U.S. workers and affects plan definitions of compensation, employee classifications, employer costs, and eligibility requirements.

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DOL Releases Long-Awaited Fiduciary Rule

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Earlier today, the DOL released the final version of its long-awaited regulation defining who is a fiduciary under ERISA. The “conflict of interest rule”—as the DOL branded it—both changes the definition of who is an ERISA fiduciary and broadens the application of ERISA fiduciary standards to IRA accounts, as defined under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.​

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