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DOL extends ERISA coverage exemption for mandatory private sector auto-IRAs

January 11, 2017

In December 2016, the Department of Labor finalized its proposal to extend the exemption from ERISA coverage for state mandatory private sector auto-IRA programs to certain state subdivisions, such as cities and counties. How could this affect plan sponsors? Read More

Looking back and looking forward: retirement policy at the beginning of 2017

January 02, 2017

In this article we review, briefly, some of the most significant 2016 retirement policy developments and then consider what will be on the 2017 agenda. Read More

Possible policy changes at DOL

December 14, 2016

President-elect Trump has picked a new Secretary of Labor – Andrew Puzder. Mr. Puzder is on record as opposing at least two Obama Administration policy initiatives – the Affordable Care Act and new Department of Labor overtime rules. And some are raising the possibility that he may (if confirmed) target the DOL’s Conflict of Interest regulation. Moreover, President-elect Trump has said that “I will formulate a rule which says that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated.” Read More

New Administration, new Congress: personnel

December 01, 2016

With the focus currently on how President-Elect Trump will staff his new Administration and on the recent re-election of Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House Minority Leader, we provide a brief review of the key Administration jobs that President Trump will have to fill, and the key Congressional leadership, that directly affect retirement savings policy. Read More

Pension Rescue Rejection Letters May Be Road Map for Other Plans

November 29, 2016

(Reprinted from Bloomberg BNA) Multiemployer pension plans seeking government approval to suspend benefits have a handy tool that could help them get that approval—the government’s rejection letters shooting down every proposed cut so far. It’s been two nearly two years since Congress sought to address the multiemployer plan crisis by passing the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act, and to date, no pension plan has successfully navigated the Treasury Department’s approval process. Download

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