Liability Changing for Plan Sponsors as Fiduciaries

The Department of Labor “Fiduciary Rule” requires those who advise people on their retirement plans to act in their clients’ best interests when they provide investment advice for compensation. While partially “implemented” on June 9, 2017, the DOL rule’s complete implementation has been further delayed until July 1, 2019. During the interval, however, there are actions employers and other plan sponsors should consider taking now to proactively minimize risk exposure until a final measure is in effect.

How Will the DOL Fiduciary Rule Affect Plan Sponsors?

In April, the US Department of Labor (DOL) released the long-awaited and highly contested final rule redefining who is considered a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This revision was designed to address conflicts of interest in retirement advice by applying the fiduciary standard more broadly, to include everyone who provides investment advice to sponsors and participants in defined contribution workplace retirement plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). How will the DOL fiduciary rule affect plan sponsors?