Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance covers compliance with ethical codes of conduct as well as those promulgated by FINRA and the SEC. 



Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The final version of the 2015 Form 5500 was released on Dec. 3 and, in a victory for ASPPA GAC, the new IRS compliance questions were made optional (at least for the 2015 plan year). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor (DOL), IRS and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Dec. 3 released advance copies of the Form 5500 Series to be used for 2015 reporting. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

A congressional subcommittee hearing Dec. 2 gave voice to the conflicting perspectives on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary proposal, though it seems unlikely that anyone’s perspective was changed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/2/2015 • 0 Comments

Adam S. Lilling in “The Hidden Risks of Employee Benefit Plan Audits,” argues that there is more to beware of than simply giving in to the temptation to roll the dice and not bother with an audit.

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would amend the rules for church plans in a variety of ways is now before both chambers of Congress.

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has amended its regulation on allocation of assets in single-employer plans by substituting a new table for determining expected retirement ages for participants in pension plans that are distressed or are being involuntarily terminated and that have valuation dates falling in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC has reported that in federal fiscal year 2015 the agency paid millions of dollars to support multiemployer pension plans and billions to people covered by pension plans that failed, and that its multiemployer program and its single-employer program ran deeper in debt. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

That “unique representational interest” that the Department of Labor (DOL) feels justifies the sponsorship of an open multiple employer plan (MEP) by a state for its citizens might extend beyond state boundaries, Assistant Secretary of Labor Phyllis Borzi has indicated. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has established a date for notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for issuance of the Personalized Investment Advice Standard of Conduct. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Obama Administration recently unveiled its myRA program, a federal effort to encourage retirement savings and provide an easy, low-impact way for those who do not participate in a retirement plan to set something aside; Chris Carosa discusses arguments pro and con. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

Plan fiduciaries should be careful when they choose, and retain, auditors; Morgan Lewis partner R. Randall Tracht and associate Elizabeth S. Goldberg discuss the DOL effort to provide information about plan audits and advising care in selecting auditors. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/23/2015 • 0 Comments

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a comprehensive list of regulatory projects the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is undertaking. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/23/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS will be holding a Dec. 18 hearing on proposed regulations relating to the administration of a multiemployer plan participant vote on an approved suspension of benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has criticized an effort by a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to address concerns about its proposed fiduciary rule, with a DOL spokesman calling the initiative “puzzling and disappointing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White on Nov. 18 faced some tough questions from members of the House Financial Services Committee from both parties concerning her agency’s work on setting a uniform fiduciary standard of conduct. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/18/2015 • 0 Comments

Another “excessive fee” lawsuit was settled recently — but what’s more interesting than the settlement amount is the speed with which it was reached and how it’s going to be spread among the parties. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams11/16/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor on Nov. 16 unveiled a proposed rule to clarify ERISA's application to state-run IRA programs, creating an unfair advantage for those programs over those offered by the private sector. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/16/2015 • 0 Comments

In dealing with a takeover, the actuary of the acquirer must first collect sufficient information from the plan administrator, the actuary that served the acquired and/or the third party administrator, says Lauren Okum in “DB Plan Takeovers,” an article that appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Plan Consultant. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/16/2015 • 0 Comments

Good news for those who work with cash balance plans: The IRS has released final regulations that provide guidance and, notably, another year to comply with, what are now final hybrid plan rules. READ MORE

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