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Small Employers: HRAs Are Available To You

Posted by: Tiffany A. Sharpley on August 23, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

If you are a small employer currently planning for open enrollment and faced with ever-rising healthcare costs, you should read this article for an alternative solution.  Likewise, if you are an employer that used to provide a health reimbursement arrangement (“HRA”) as a method to help your...


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Employers Beware - So Says the IRS

Posted by: Tiffany A. Sharpley on July 5, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued a May 12, 2017 memorandum from the Office of Chief Counsel (CCA 201719025) that reminds us all of the old saying “If it seems too good to be true then it probably is.”  The cost of benefits for employers and employees is not getting any cheaper as many...


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DOL Requests More Information in Fiduciary Rule Examination

Posted by: Fenton D. Strickland on July 5, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is looking for more input about possible changes to the Fiduciary Rule and even possible further delay of some of its applicability.  On June 29, 2017, the DOL released a Request for Information regarding the Fiduciary Rule and prohibited transaction...


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The Department of Labor Allows the Upcoming June 9 Applicability Date for Portions of the Fiduciary Duty Rule to Stand While Continuing to Review the Overall Rule

Posted by: Tiffany A. Sharpley on May 24, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Late Monday, May 22, 2017, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta issued an opinion editorial in the Wall Street Journal explaining that although public comments and more in-depth analysis will continue with respect to the overall fiduciary duty rule, he saw no legal reason to further delay the...


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Puzder out, Acosta In as Secretary of Labor Pick

Posted by: Fenton D. Strickland on February 16, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Just a day after CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, amid allegations of conflicts of interest and possible discontent among employees, withdrew his nomination to serve as Secretary of Labor, President Trump has tabbed R. Alexander Acosta to head the Department of Labor (DOL).

Mr. Acosta has...


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Presidential Memorandum Directs DOL to Reexamine Fiduciary Rule

Posted by: Fenton D. Strickland on February 8, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

Since our February 3, 2017 Alert, explaining that the President directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to take a closer look at that Fiduciary Rule, the White House has published the Presidential Memorandum and the specific directives to the DOL.

The Presidential Memorandum instructs the DOL...


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President Trump Acts on Fiduciary Rule; DOL to Give it a Closer Look

Posted by: Fenton D. Strickland on February 3, 2017

Court Decision Clears Way for Broader Use of Postnuptial Agreements

In April 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule—widely referred to as the “fiduciary rule”—amending the regulatory definition of “fiduciary investment advice” in 29 CFR 2510.3-21, replacing a five-part test that long has governed whether a person is deemed to render...


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