Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees
This document gives notice of a proposed class exemption from certain prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). The prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the Code generally prohibit fiduciaries with respect to employee benefit plans (Plans) and individual retirement accounts and annuities (IRAs) from engaging in self-dealing and receiving compensation from third parties in connection with transactions involving the Plans and IRAs. The provisions also prohibit purchasing and selling investments with the Plans and IRAs when the fiduciaries are acting on behalf of their own accounts (principal transactions). This proposed exemption would allow investment advice fiduciaries under both ERISA and the Code to receive compensation, including as a result of advice to roll over assets from a Plan to an IRA, and to engage in principal transactions, that would otherwise violate the prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA and the Code. The exemption would apply to registered investment advisers, broker- dealers, banks, insurance companies, and their employees, agents, and representatives that are investment advice fiduciaries. The exemption would include protective conditions designed to safeguard the interests of Plans, participants and beneficiaries, and IRA owners. The new class exemption would affect participants and beneficiaries of Plans, IRA owners, and fiduciaries with respect to such Plans and IRAs.
Conflict of Interest Rule-Retirement Investment Advice: Notice of Court Vacatur
This document implements the vacatur of the Department's 2016 final rule defining who is a ``fiduciary'' under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This document also reflects the removal of two prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs 2016-01 and 2016-02) published with the 2016 final rule and the return of the amended prohibited transaction exemptions (PTEs 75-1, 77-4, 80-83, 83- 1, 84-24, and 86-128) to their pre-amendment form. In addition, this document reinstates Interpretive Bulletin 96-1.