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While it’s clear that mergers and acquisitions comprised the largest share of restructuring in the last two decades, their effect on retirement benefits is less so, says a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. In “Retirement Security: Trends in Corporate Restructurings and... READ MORE
A new multinational survey finds that retirement benefits are considered a top factor among individuals when deciding on a job offer, and a separate multinational survey contends a company’s workplace culture is just as important.   Survey results from Accenture covering 5,000 employees across 10... READ MORE
Most DC plan sponsors feel a high level of responsibility for participants’ financial wellness, but a new survey finds that many are not taking proactive measures to position them for success.   J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s fourth biennial survey of U.S. defined contribution plan sponsors finds... READ MORE
American Retirement Association Chief Government Affairs Officer Will Hansen and past ASPPA President Stephen Dobrow offered testimony concerning benefit plan audits and how they may be improved at the June 25 meeting of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension... READ MORE
  Patrick Pizzella, the current Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, will take over as the Acting Labor Secretary in the wake of Alexander Acosta’s July 12 resignation.   Pizzella, who has served as the Deputy Secretary since April 2018, will likely serve as the Acting Secretary until a... READ MORE
Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has resigned in the wake of controversy regarding a plea deal he negotiated more than a decade ago with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta made the announcement to reporters while standing next to President Donald Trump outside the White House. Trump said that... READ MORE
The IRS and the Department of Labor should establish a formal way of collaborating on oversight of prohibited IRA transaction exemptions, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended. The GAO undertook the study that led to its report, “Individual Retirement Accounts: Formalizing... READ MORE
Since employees and their behavior are at the root of most decisions about retirement plan participation and how individual accounts are managed, insight into behavior that affects those decisions can be a useful tool in understanding how those choices are made. In a July 9 webcast, “Behavioral... READ MORE
A recent decision by the nation’s highest court could have implications for the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule. The case itself (Kisor v. Wilkie) didn’t have anything to do with the fiduciary rule, or even the Labor Department. The plaintiff here was James Kisor, a Vietnam War veteran who... READ MORE
Recent developments at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have resulted in new forms, a new final rule and a new page listing notices for plan participants. New Form and Instructions The PBGC has announced that a new form and instructions for requesting a determination regarding... READ MORE

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