ERISA


ERISA is the underpinning of the law and rules that govern qualified plans. This section covers updates and revisions to the law and the growing number of lawsuits under ERISA, outlines best practices and provides insights into how advisors can understand ERISA’s nuances, use them to help clients and win more business.


 

 

ERISA

ERISA

By John Iekel 7/13/2018 • 0 Comments

A good offense is often the best defense. A maxim used in many contexts, and a July 10 ASPPA Webcast suggests that taking extra care to ensure that your Form 5500 is correct is one of them. READ MORE

By Brian Graff7/6/2018 • 0 Comments

Despite all the change and innovation that has taken place concerning retirement plans, one thing hasn’t changed: the percentage of American workers covered by a workplace retirement plan. READ MORE

By John Iekel 6/13/2018 • 0 Comments

A recently released white paper suggests that while embracing innovation in the features and options added to a plan, it is important to be mindful of fiduciary duties. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams5/3/2018 • 0 Comments

With Twitter-length brevity, the 5th Circuit has dispensed with attempts by AARP and three states to step into the fight over the future of the DOL’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/25/2018 • 0 Comments

While reiterating some long-standing positions on socially responsive investing, the DOL has some new cautions about an ESG emphasis in plan design and proxy voting. READ MORE

By John Ortman4/16/2018 • 0 Comments

American Retirement Association CEO Brian Graff unveiled plans April 15 to address the expensive and outdated ERISA requirement to disclose information to 401(k) participants in paper form. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 4/12/2018 • 0 Comments

Scottrade wants to make a federal case out of an administrative proceeding filed by Massachusetts alleging violations of internal policies adopted in anticipation of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Kenneth Marblestone3/28/2018 • 0 Comments

Sign up now for the 2018 ASPPA Eastern Regional Conference to take advantage of the extended Early Bird registration rate, which is now available until April 3. READ MORE

By John Iekel 3/28/2018 • 0 Comments

The DOL Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans’ latest report centers on one overarching theme: simplifying plan disclosures to participants and beneficiaries. READ MORE

By Ted Godbout3/26/2018 • 0 Comments

Given recent attention and lack of formal guidance on missing participants, there are increasing calls for the government to formally address how far plan sponsors need to go to find them. READ MORE

By John Iekel 3/15/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent blog post argues that it is wise for plan fiduciaries to be aware of the importance of plan documents in meeting their fiduciary duties. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/9/2018 • 0 Comments

In a rare moment of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate Finance Committee leaders — Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) — have reintroduced the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/23/2018 • 0 Comments

An amended claim in an excessive fee litigation treads some new ground – including naming the plan’s investment advisor as a defendant. READ MORE

By John Iekel 1/22/2018 • 0 Comments

A recent analysis suggests that the SEC’s take on a fiduciary standard may be inching closer to that of the DOL. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/11/2017 • 0 Comments

The headline of a recent article didn’t pose that as a question. And that should make you think. READ MORE

By John Ortman 10/23/2017 • 0 Comments

Work on the Labor Department’s effort to expand, streamline and modernize the Form 5500 Series has been halted until a new head of the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is in place, according to ERISA attorney S. Derrin Watson. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/12/2017 • 0 Comments

The ERISA Industry Committee filed a lawsuit Oct. 12 against the Oregon Retirement Savings Board, saying that a provision of the state’s OregonSaves retirement program for private-sector employees obstructs ERISA. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 9/28/2017 • 0 Comments

In the course of my day, I talk to (and email with) people, read a lot, and every so often jot down a random thought or insight that gives me pause and makes me think. See what you think. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 9/15/2017 • 0 Comments

I have for years had in my office a couple of model Studebakers, which I have there because of the role the automaker played in ERISA’s formation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff8/8/2017 • 0 Comments

The 6th Circuit has said participants in a university’s plan do not have to exhaust administrative remedies before pursuing ERISA claims. A recent blog entry discusses what this means for plan fiduciaries. READ MORE

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