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DOL Requests Extension of Final Disability Claims Rule To April 1, 2018

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr.

On October 10th the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to extend by 90 days the applicability date for the Final DOL Claims Procedure Regulations (Rule) from January 1, 2018 to April 1, 2018.

At the beginning of this year, the Final Rule went into effect on January 1, 2017.  However, the applicability was set for January 1, 2018 in order to give enough time to plan sponsors and claims administrators to update […]

2017-10-16T11:00:51+00:00 October 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Exemptions Expanded Under Interim Final Rules

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

Last week the Department of Treasury, U.S. Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services (Departments) published rules exempting employers from the contraceptive coverage mandate created under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, hundreds of thousands of women stand to lose access to contraceptive services.

Background: One feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was the contraceptive coverage mandate. The mandate paved the way for women […]

2017-10-12T09:59:25+00:00 October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Olay! Olay! Olay! Olay!…No Fiduciary Rule DELAAAAY! No Fiduciary Rule DELAAAAY!

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Shaylor R. Steele

The delays are over, the Fiduciary Rule’s applicability date will not be delayed past June 9, 2017. Accordingly, plan sponsors, and the financial services industry, should be prepared to comply with the rule beginning on June 9, 2017.

However, Secretary Acosta also indicated that the DOL will continue to seek industry and public input on how to revise the bill and eliminate its negative effects on the […]

2017-06-01T09:56:58+00:00 June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

On Second Thought, DOL Proposes 60-Day Delay to Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Nancy R. Chawla

On March 1, 2017, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) issued a proposed rule to extend the Fiduciary Rule applicability date by 60 days. The current applicability dates for the Fiduciary Duty Rule and prohibited transaction exemptions are set for April 10, 2017. The extension would move the applicability dates to June 9, 2017.

As mentioned in our previous blog post, “To Delay or Not to Delay (the Fiduciary […]

2017-03-03T16:24:20+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

To Delay or Not to Delay (the Fiduciary Duty Rule), That is the Question

By: Joseph P. Yonadi, Jr. and Shaylor R. Steele

This morning, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concluded its review of a proposed regulation entitled “Delay of Applicability Date” that would effectively delay the implementation of the Fiduciary Duty Rule (Rule). However, an odd turn of events took place when the OMB changed the designation of the delay to “economically significant.” This higher designation could potentially mean a longer comment period. The Department of Labor […]

2017-02-28T20:48:48+00:00 February 28th, 2017|0 Comments