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February 4, 2021

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[Guidance Overview]

Exceptional Usefulness and Quality and Usefulness iconDOL's Final ERISA Proxy Voting Rule Largely Changed to Principles-Based Approach (PDF)

16 pages. "The DOL's description of the final rule notes several areas where the rule is intended to align with [SEC] guidance on proxy voting.... [A chart compares] key elements of the final DOL rule and the SEC guidance." Icon to read more

Morgan Lewis, via LexisNexis Practical Guidance

[Guidance Overview]

The New E-Delivery Rule: The Price of Simplification

"[R]etirement plans taking advantage of the new rule may face increased exposure to ERISA fiduciary breach claims alleging inadequate cybersecurity measures." Icon to read more

Fred Reish, Bruce Ashton and Stephen Pennartz, via American Retirement Association [ARA]

[Guidance Overview]

Are Charter Schools Considered 'Governmental' for Retirement Plan Purposes?

"[M]any retirement plan advisors and consultants assume that charter schools are 'governmental' for tax code (Code) employee benefit purposes. This characterization isn't always clear cut, but the consequences of getting it wrong can be substantial." Icon to read more

Best Best & Krieger LLP

[Guidance Overview]

DOL Provides Final Regulations for Pooled Plan Providers

"The final regulations retain much of the same structure as the proposed rule issued last August, with some added clarification on registration requirements." Icon to read more

Hall Benefits Law

[Guidance Overview]

DOL Releases Final PTE on Investment Advice

"[PTE 2020-02] becomes effective on February 16, 2021, and outlines the factors that determine whether financial professionals are considered fiduciaries -- while giving clear guidance about how fiduciaries must comply with their responsibilities." Icon to read more

Ascensus

Financial Statement Disclosures Unique to Defined Benefit Plans

"[D]efined benefit plans disclosures differ from those required for defined contribution plans ... Standard actuarial reports typically include the components needed ... allowing plan sponsors to simply insert the figures into standard disclosures." Icon to read more

EisnerAmper

U.S. Pension Briefing, January 2021

"Combining interest rate and investment market movements, most pension plans will see their funded status improve for the month but only modestly." Icon to read more

River and Mercantile

Benefits in General

DOL Announces Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement Statistics, Reflecting Record-Setting Recovery Amount

"For the year, the DOL handled 171,863 inquiries ... EBSA closed 230 criminal investigations, which led to 59 guilty pleas or convictions and the indictment of 70 persons (including plan officials, corporate officers, and service providers) for crimes related to employee benefit plans." Icon to read more

Thomson Reuters / EBIA

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