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    Steve LeRoux - Insights

    by Steve LeRoux, Compliance Analyst, Tax Advantaged Accounts, Wolters Kluwer

    Published April 10, 2017

    On March 16, 2017 Wolters Kluwer posted DOL Fiduciary Rule – Update explaining a potential delay of the applicability date of the rule, which has taken place. The following is a summary of the rule and announcement of the delayed applicability date as prepared by Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL), published in the Federal Register on April 7, 2017.

    This document extends for 60 days the applicability date of the final regulation, published on April 8, 2016, defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. It also extends for 60 days the applicability dates of the Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Assets between Investment Advice Fiduciaries and Employee Benefit Plans and IRAs. It requires that fiduciaries relying on these exemptions for covered transactions adhere only to the Impartial Conduct Standards (including the “best interest” standard), as conditions of the exemptions during the transition period from June 9, 2017, through January 1, 2018. Thus, the fiduciary definition in the rule (Fiduciary Rule or Rule) published on April 8, 2016, and Impartial Conduct Standards in these exemptions, are applicable on June 9, 2017, while compliance with the remaining conditions in these exemptions, such as requirements to make specific written disclosures and representations of fiduciary compliance in communications with investors, is not required until January 1, 2018. This document also delays the applicability of amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 until January 1, 2018, other than the Impartial Conduct Standards, which will become applicable on June 9, 2017. Finally, this document extends for 60 days the applicability dates of amendments to other previously granted exemptions. The President, by Memorandum to the Secretary of Labor dated February 3, 2017, directed the Department of Labor to examine whether the Fiduciary Rule may adversely affect the ability of Americans to gain access to retirement information and financial advice, and to prepare an updated economic and legal analysis concerning the likely impact of the Fiduciary Rule as part of that examination. The extensions announced in this document are necessary to enable the Department to perform this examination and to consider possible changes with respect to the Fiduciary Rule and PTEs based on new evidence or analysis developed pursuant to the examination.

    Effective dates: This rule is effective April 10, 2017. The end of the effective period for 29 CFR 2510.3-21(j) is extended from April 10, 2017, to June 9, 2017.

    Applicability dates: See Section E of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for dates for the prohibited transaction exemptions.

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