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Department of Labor Announces 18-Month Delay of the Fiduciary Rule

Department of Labor Announces 18-Month Delay of the Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? The Department of Labor has announced that the applicability date of the Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption, the Principal Transactions Exemption and specific amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 (PTE)s have been delayed from January 1, [...]

House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal DOL Fiduciary Rule

House Panel Passes Bill to Repeal DOL Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? On October 12, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Protecting Advice for Small Savers Act of 2017 (the “PASS Act”), which would repeal the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule.  This bill would keep fiduciary rulemaking under the SEC’s [...]

DOL Provides Conflict of Interest FAQs Around Fiduciary Rule

DOL Provides Conflict of Interest FAQs Around Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? On August 3, 2017, the DOL released a conflict of interest FAQs to provide additional clarification around the Fiduciary Rule. In the FAQ, the DOL provides guidance regarding: Fiduciary status disclosures that must be provided by ERISA pension plan service providers [...]

DOL Releases FAQ on Conflicts of Interest During the Transition Period

DOL Releases FAQ on Conflicts of Interest During the Transition Period WHAT HAPPENED? The Department of Labor has released an FAQ focused on the transition period after the June 9th implementation of the Fiduciary Rule and related prohibited transaction exemptions. The FAQ also provides guidance on specific provisions in the [...]

Labor Secretary Acosta Declines to Delay the Fiduciary Rule

Labor Secretary Acosta Declines to Delay the Fiduciary Rule WHAT HAPPENED? Yesterday, Labor Secretary Acosta confirmed that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) was unable to find “a principled legal basis to change the June 9 implementation date” for the Fiduciary Rule. NEXT STEPS Advisers should prepare for partial implementation [...]

Applicability of the Fiduciary Rule Extended

Applicability of the Fiduciary Rule Extended WHAT HAPPENED? On April 5, 2017, the Department of Labor issued a 60-day delay of the Fiduciary Rule’s applicability date to June 9, 2017. This extension applies to related exemptions as well, including the Best Interest Contract Exemption. The Department of Labor will use this time [...]