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The ERISA Outline Book - Current Developments

On this page we reference significant current developments, organized by chapter, that affect the 2018 Print Edition of the ERISA Outline Book (EOB). The Online Edition of the EOB is updated on a periodic basis. The last update went live in March 2018 and reflected developments through the end of February 2018.

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Chapter 1A

  • Multiple Emploeyr Plan definition, Part B.1.
    DOL relaxes “commonality” standard to determine if certain multiple employer welfare plans (Association Health Plans) constitute a single-plan in order to expand the market for group health coverage [Citation: DOL Reg. §2510.3-5, 83 F.R. 28912 (June 21, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2IaWrkH

Chapter 1B

  • Pre-Approved Plan definition, Part C
    Procedures for second RAP cycle modified to permit cash balance plans that use actual return on total plan assets as the interest crediting rate; conforming language adopted for second cycle and third cycle procedures [Citation: Rev. Proc. 2018-21, 2018-14 I.R.B. (April 2, 2018) (advance release on March 16, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2tY67NG
  • Remedial Amendment Period definition, Part D.2.
    —Two-year window to restate defined benefit M&P plans and volume submitter plans for second remedial amendment cycle ends April 30, 2020; determination letter program opens May 1, 2018 [Citation: Announcement 2018-5, 2018-13 I.R.B. (March 26, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2p4u14n
    — Verification of compliance with second cycle requirements for existing Pre-Approved Plan providers to submit opinion letter applications for the third cycle [Citation: Applications for Pre-Approved Contribution Plan Opinion Letters (May 23, 2018). at IRS website]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2saOLZS
  • Remedial Amendment Period definition, Part D.3.a.1.c)
    IRS requesting comments on whether to expand the determination letter program for 2019 [Citation: Notice 2018-24, 2018-17 I.R.B. (April 23, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2Iy9Cws

Chapter 2

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Chapter 3A

  • Section II, Part L.1.f.
    Forfeitures may be used to reduced employer’s contribution liability for QNECs, QMACs and 401(k)(12) safe harbor contributions [Citation: Treas. Reg. §§1.401(k)-1(g)(5), 1.401(k)-6, 1.401(m)-1(d)(4), and 1.401(m)-5, 83 F.R. 34469 (July 20, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2msZdt4

Chapter 3B

  • Section X, Part C
    Amending that assumed future compensation increases with respect to protected traditional-formula benefit did not violate anti-cutback rule [Citation: Teufel v. Northern Trust Company, 887 F.3d 799 (7th Cir. April 11, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2HiIy7G
  • Section XI, Part I.4.
    Killer statute determined not to be preempted by ERISA; applicable to person found not guilty by reason of insanity [Citation: Laborers’ Pension Fund v. Miscevic, 880 F.3d 927 (7th Cir. 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2BHAB51

Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 6

  • Section V, Part B
    Participant’s death three days before annuity starting date resulted in no death benefit for nonspouse beneficiary because plan only provides spousal preretirement death benefits [Citation: Estate of Jones v. Children’s Hospital and Health Systems Incorporated Pension Plan, 892 F.3d 919 (7th Cir. June 13, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2L7SrDY
  • Section VII, Part L
    IRS examiners told not to challenge 403(b) plans that have not made timely RMDs to missing participants if reasonable search steps have been taken [Citation: TEGE-04-0218-0011 (February 23, 2020)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2paGvbm

Chapter 7

  • Section II, Part B.1.
    Wire transfer of funds out of plan to participant reasonably interpreted by administrator as paid as of such date, even though funds did not hit transferee account until after participant’s death [Citation: Wengert v. Rajendran, 866 F.3d 725 (8th Cir. April 3, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2GW60nQ
  • Section II, Part B.7.
    Transfer to State’s unclaimed property fund results in reporting taxation of affected participant or beneficiary [Citation: Rev. Rul. 2018-17, IRB 2018-25 (June 18, 2018) (advance release on May 29, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2IUVS3H

Chapter 8

  • Section X, Part C
    IRS explains its interpretation of how offset arrangements affect benefiting determinations for 401(a)(4) and 401(a)(26) testing [Citation: Application of Sections 401(a)(4) and 401(a)(26) to a Cash Balance Plan That Offsets Benefits With Benefits Under a Defined Contribution Plan, CCA 201810008 (February 7, 2018; released March 9, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2p5boxj

Chapter 9

  • Section XI, Part E.2.
    IRS explains its interpretation of how offset arrangements affect benefiting determinations for 401(a)(4) and 401(a)(26) testing [Citation: Application of Sections 401(a)(4) and 401(a)(26) to a Cash Balance Plan That Offsets Benefits With Benefits Under a Defined Contribution Plan, CCA 201810008 (February 7, 2018; released March 9, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2p5boxj

Chapter 10

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Chapter 11

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Chapter 12

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Chapter 13A

  • Section V, Part F.2.c.2)
    Proposed regulations would incorporate PPA 2006 changes to the phase-in rules for guaranteed benefits for majority owners [Citation: Prop. PBGC Reg. §§4001.2, 4022.24-4022.26, 4022.62-4022.63, 4041.2, 4043.2, 4044.10, 4044.14, 83 F.R. 9716 (March 27, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2oSP0YB
  • Section V, Part I
    PBGC simplifies procedures for determining whether PBGC relief applies to a disaster; coordination with IRS announcements [Citation: Announcement of PBGC Disaster Relief, 83 F.R. 30991 (July 2, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2zr44En

Chapter 13B

  • Section II, Part A.2.
    —Fifth Circuit vacates entire fiduciary regulation and related PT exemptions, while Tenth Circuit rules that limiting PTE 84-24 to fixed rate annuities was not an improper exercise of regulatory action [Citation: Chamber of Commerce v. DOL, 885 F.3d 360 (5th Cir. March 15, 2018); Market Synergy Group, Inc. v. DOL, No. 885 F.3d 676 (10th Cir. March 13, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2pjT04o (Chamber of Commerce case); http://bit.ly/2uFlL0B (Market Synergy case)
    — DOL extends temporary enforcement policy on Fiduciary Rule pending further guidance; acknowleges impact of Fifth Circuit opinion vacating the Fiduciary Rule [Citation: Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2018-02 (May 7, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2JZ0t0H
    — SEC proposes rules to enhance protections for retail investors and to clarify investment professional relationships [Citation: Prop. SEC Reg. §§240.15l-1, 240.17a-3 (“Rule 17a-3"), 240.17a-4(e)(5) (“Rule 17a-4"), 83 F.R. 21574 (May 9, 2018), Prop. SEC Reg. §§§240.17a-14(f), §275.211h–1, and 275.204-5(e), 83 F.R. 21416 (May 9, 2018), Release No. IA–4889, 83 F.R. 21203 (May 9, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2I3pTOa (Best Interest Standard), http://bit.ly/2K5v4tA (Release No. 1A-4889), and http://bit.ly/2jKXhuM (CRS proposal)
  • Section II, Part A.4.
    Financial institution’s engagement in foreign exchange transactions on behalf of client plans did not cause the institution to be an ERISA fiduciary with respect to such plans [Citation: Allen v. Credit Suisse Securities LLC, Nos 16-3327-cv (L) and 16-3571-cv (CON), ___ F.3d ___ (2nd Cir. July 10, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2miMA3I
  • Section II, Part B.2.d.
    DOL clarifies aspects of Interpretive Bulletin 2016-01 [Citation: Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 (April 23, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2K9yc8G
  • Section II, Part F.2.
    Prudence challenge against stable value fund investment option dismissed for failure to state a claim under ERISA [Citation: Barchock v. CVS Health Corporation, 886 F.3d 43 (1st Cir. March 23, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2DWLd0S
  • Section II, Part F.9..
    DOL clarifies aspects of Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 [Citation: Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-01 (April 23, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2K9yc8G
  • Section II, Part G.2.c.3)
    On remand, Fifth Circuit dismisses fiduciary claims regarding retention of publicly-traded stock, illustrating difficulties for plaintiffs in stock drop cases in a post-Dudenhoeffer environment [Citation: Kopp v. Klein, 894 F.3d 214 (5th Cir. June 27, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2LnGAS1
  • Section III, Part A.2.a.2)
    Doctrine of contra proferentum does not apply when Firestone deference standard applies [Citation: Clemons v. Norton Healthcare Inc. Retirement Plan, 890 F.3d 254 (6th Cir. 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2G4nbSH
  • Section III, Part H.4.
    Certification decision may be different for liability and damages stages [Citation: Clemons v. Norton Healthcare Inc. Retirement Plan, 890 F.3d 254 (6th Cir. 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2G4nbSH
  • Section IV, Part C.2.
    Application of state law limitations period depended on the basis of the claim [Citation: Clemons v. Norton Healthcare Inc. Retirement Plan, 890 F.3d 254 (6th Cir. 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2G4nbSH

Chapter 14

  • Section II, Part E
    — Fifth Circuit vacates entire fiduciary regulation and related PT exemptions, while Tenth Circuit rules that limiting PTE 84-24 to fixed rate annuities was not an improper exercise of regulatory action [Citation: Chamber of Commerce v. DOL, 885 F.3d 360 (5th Cir. March 15, 2018); Market Synergy Group, Inc. v. DOL, No. 885 F.3d 676 (10th Cir. March 13, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2pjT04o (Chamber of Commerce case); http://bit.ly/2uFlL0B (Market Synergy case)
    — DOL extends temporary enforcement policy on Fiduciary Rule pending further guidance; acknowleges impact of Fifth Circuit opinion vacating the Fiduciary Rule [Citation: Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2018-02 (May 7, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2JZ0t0H

Chapter 15

  • Section III, Part A
    IRS requesting comments on whether to expand the determination letter program for 2019 [Citation: Notice 2018-24, 2018-17 I.R.B. (April 23, 2018)]
    Text available at http://bit.ly/2Iy9Cws

Chapter 16

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Chapter 17

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