Publications

Rash of Recent Lawsuits Focus on BlackRock Indexed Target Date Options: Even Low-Cost Funds Are Being Attacked

DYLAN RUDOLPH and JOSEPH FAUCHER, September 29, 2022  Over the past several weeks, a single law firm, Miller Shah, LLP, has filed nearly a dozen lawsuits against fiduciaries of defined contribution plans that offer the BlackRock LifePath Index target date funds (“BlackRock Funds”). The cases represent a shift in approach relative to earlier waves of […]

Searching for Missing Retirement Plan Participants

BARBARA PLETCHER, September 29, 2022  Over the years, the Department of Labor (DOL), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have published guidance regarding acceptable methods of searching for missing participants in tax-qualified retirement plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In the September Benefits Report, we […]

DOL Proposes Stricter Prohibited Transaction Exemption Application Procedures

MIA BUTZBAUGH, July 28, 2022  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) includes rules that limit plan fiduciaries’ conduct. The limits set forth in ERISA Sections 406 and 407(a) are known as the “prohibited transaction rules” and are so broad that, absent exemptions, employee benefit plans would be unable to function. […]

FICA Tax Withholding and Reporting for Section 457(b) and 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans

J. MARC FOSSE, July 28, 2022  Administering withholding and reporting of taxes under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) for nonqualified deferred compensation plans maintained under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) can be complex for many tax-exempt organizations. Employers frequently need assistance in setting up proper procedures and pay codes to […]

DOL Releases RFI on Possible Agency Actions to Protect Life Savings and Pensions from Threats of Climate-Related Financial Risk

YATINDRA PANDYA, May 26, 2022  On February 14, 2022, the Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), which is responsible for administering, regulating and enforcing the provisions of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), published a Request for Information on Possible Agency Actions to Protect Life Savings […]

Revisiting the HIPAA Proposed Rule: What Group Health Plan Sponsors Need to Know

SARAH BOWEN, May 26, 2022  In late 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed significant changes to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, aimed primarily at improving care coordination and data sharing. As the final rule on these changes […]