Five Lawsuits Filed Against DOL’s Fiduciary Rule (so far)

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs.  Since 2010 when the DOL first proposed regulations addressing self-interested advice to retirement plan and IRA participants, the rule has been widely criticized by some in the financial services industry as being overly broad.

Both Congress and industry and trade groups have been unhappy with the DOL’s rulemaking in this area and have threatened further action since the rule was first proposed. On May 24, the Senate passed a resolution to block the fiduciary rule, which President Obama vetoed on June 8. Read More ›

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Obama Administration Announces Plan for “Starter” Retirement Accounts

In his State of the Union address on January 28, President Obama announced that he will use his executive authority to direct the Treasury Department to create “myRA”, a starter retirement savings account program.

According to White House Fact Sheet, a myRA will be available to individuals who do not have access to workplace retirement plans with household incomes of up to $191,000 annually.  Participants may save up to $15,000, or for a maximum of 30 years, in their accounts before transferring the accounts to a private sector Roth IRA.  Amounts in a myRA will be invested in government savings bonds and will benefit from principal protection so the principal investment will not go down in value. Read More ›

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