ERISA Moments Ep. 25: The Fiduciary Rules and the Impact on Advisors and Insurance Agents

Take a quick dive into the exciting world of ERISA with Faegre Drinker benefits and executive compensation attorneys Fred Reish and Brad Campbell. In this quick-hit series of updates, Fred and Brad offer a high-level view of current trends and recent ERISA developments. See the newest episode, The Fiduciary Rules and the Impact on Advisors and Insurance Agents, below.

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ERISA Moments Ep. 24: The Final Fiduciary Regulation and Exemptions Explained

Take a quick dive into the exciting world of ERISA with Faegre Drinker benefits and executive compensation attorneys Fred Reish and Brad Campbell. In this quick-hit series of updates, Fred and Brad offer a high-level view of current trends and recent ERISA developments. See the newest episode, The Final Fiduciary Regulation and Exemptions Explained, below.

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ERISA Moments Ep. 23: ERISA Litigation Odds and Ends: ESG, Crypto and Forfeitures

Take a quick dive into the exciting world of ERISA with Faegre Drinker benefits and executive compensation attorneys Fred Reish and Brad Campbell. In this quick-hit series of updates, Fred and Brad offer a high-level view of current trends and recent ERISA developments. See the newest episode, ERISA Litigation Odds and Ends: ESG, Crypto and Forfeitures, below.

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In Case You Missed It: Spotlight on Benefits – 2024 Winter

Written by members of Faegre Drinker’s benefits and executive compensation team, this blog features analysis and information on matters related to retirement plans, health and welfare plans, ESOPs, fiduciary governance, and other benefits issues.

This quarterly digest provides links to our most popular posts during the past few months so that you can catch up on what you missed or re-read them.


ERISA Moments, Ep. 13: Rollover Recommendations Will Be Fiduciary Advice … And What About Withdrawals?

By Bradford Campbell and Fred Reish
We’re looking at the DOL’s fiduciary proposal and the prohibited transaction exemptions associated with it. In this episode, Fred and Brad are talking about rollovers. The proposed definition of fiduciary advice basically says that a one-time investment recommendation can result in an adviser or insurance agent becoming a fiduciary.

Five Habits of the Healthy Health Plan Fiduciary

By Kendra L. Roberson
As it is often said, “the only constant in the world is constant change.” So it is important for health plan fiduciaries to periodically review the fundamentals for consistency and compliance to avoid risk and costly mistakes. We provide a health plan fiduciary checklist — with five actions that health plan fiduciaries can take to help keep an organization safe and successful.

Roth Employer Contributions

By Doug Heffernan and Mark Rosenfeld
On December 20, 2023, the IRS issued Notice 2024-2, which provides question-and-answer guidance on various aspects of the SECURE 2.0 Act. This post focuses on the ability to make employer contributions (match or nonelective) as Roth contributions under SECURE 2.0 Act, Section 604.

DOL Finalizes Changes to the Qualified Professional Asset Manager (QPAM) Exemption: What Investment Managers Need to Know

The changes will primarily impact registered investment advisers, banks, and insurance companies who manage retirement plan or IRA assets directly, or who manage certain types of funds or other vehicles for which the underlying assets are deemed to constitute “plan assets” under the look-through rules in ERISA and DOL regulations.

To view the full alert, visit the Faegre Drinker website.

Strict Construction: Seventh Circuit Affirms Written Pension Obligations

On March 22, 2024, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a ruling in Bulk Transp. Corp. v. Teamsters Union No. 142 Pension Fund, ordering the Teamsters Union No. 142 Pension Fund (the “Fund”) to repay Bulk Transp. Corp. (“Bulk Transport”) $2.3 million in withdrawal liability it had erroneously assessed upon Bulk Transport.

Bulk Transport and the Fund had a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) from 2003 to 2006. The CBA included a Construction Agreement and a Steel Mill Addendum. In 2004, Bulk Transport signed a contract for LISCO work – a term used by the parties to describe work hauling commodities. The LISCO work was not explicitly covered by the CBA, but Bulk Transport made contributions for the work using the wage rated and pension terms of the Addendum because the Union threatened to strike otherwise. In 2005, Bulk Transport stopped performing the LISCO work and subsequently stopped making contributions to the Fund for the employees who were performing that type of work. The Fund assessed withdrawal liability on Bulk Transport. Bulk Transport paid the withdrawal liability but requested arbitration.

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ERISA Moments Ep. 22: An Update on the DOL Fiduciary Proposals: A Race to the Finish

Take a quick dive into the exciting world of ERISA with Faegre Drinker benefits and executive compensation attorneys Fred Reish and Brad Campbell. In this quick-hit series of updates, Fred and Brad offer a high-level view of current trends and recent ERISA developments. See the newest episode, An Update on the DOL Fiduciary Proposals: A Race to the Finish, below.

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Can ChatGPT be Your ERISA Counsel?

Is ChatGPT sufficiently reliable to provide advice on employee benefits matters? Not yet, but ChatGPT and generative Artificial Intelligence may likely be useful tools for employee benefits attorneys in the future.[1]

As it is late March, we asked ChatGPT 3.5 to solve a common issue: an individual made deferrals above the Internal Revenue Code § 402(g) limit (although typically these are referred to as “excess deferrals,” in the ChatGPT 3.5 reply it uses both “excess contribution” or “excess deferral” interchangeably. In the Faegre comments, we use the term “excess deferral.”). As background, the Internal Revenue Code limits the amount of employee deferrals that can be made within a participant’s taxable year (almost always the calendar year). In 2023, that limit was $22,500. An individual who participates in more than one 401(k)/403(b) plan is responsible for monitoring whether they exceed the limit with respect to all plans in which the individual participates.

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ERISA Moments Ep. 21: The DOL Fiduciary Proposals and Rollover Recommendations

Take a quick dive into the exciting world of ERISA with Faegre Drinker benefits and executive compensation attorneys Fred Reish and Brad Campbell. In this quick-hit series of updates, Fred and Brad offer a high-level view of current trends and recent ERISA developments. See the newest episode, The DOL Fiduciary Proposals and Rollover Recommendations, below.

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The Retirement Income Challenge in 401(k) Plans: Overcoming Legal Obstacles

Plan sponsors have been concerned about their fiduciary responsibilities for the selection of insurance companies to provide guaranteed income in their defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) plans. The SECURE Act of 2019 created an easy-to-satisfy fiduciary safe harbor to protect plan sponsors and to facilitate insured retirement income in those plans.

Read more from the Retirement Income Institute Alliance for Lifetime Income.

 

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