Employee Benefits Security Administration July 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Exemption Involving Retirement Clearinghouse, LLC (RCH or the Applicant), Located in Charlotte, North Carolina
Document Number: 2019-16237
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a notice of a five-year exemption issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from the restrictions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code). The exemption permits RCH to receive certain fees in connection with the transfer under the RCH Program, of an individual's Default IRA or Eligible Mandatory Distribution Account assets to the individual's New Plan Account, without the individual's affirmative consent, provided the conditions described below are satisfied.
Definition of “Employer” Under Section 3(5) of ERISA-Association Retirement Plans and Other Multiple-Employer Plans
Document Number: 2019-16074
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-07-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a final regulation under title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that expands access to affordable quality retirement saving options by clarifying the circumstances under which an employer group or association or a professional employer organization (PEO) may sponsor a multiple employer workplace retirement plan under title I of ERISA (as opposed to providing an arrangement that constitutes multiple separate retirement plans). The final regulation does this by clarifying that employer groups or associations and PEOs can, when satisfying certain criteria, constitute ``employers'' within the meaning of ERISA for purposes of establishing or maintaining an individual account ``employee pension benefit plan'' within the meaning of ERISA. As an ``employer,'' a group or association, as well as a PEO, can sponsor a defined contribution retirement plan for its members (collectively referred to as ``multiple employer plans'' or ``MEPs'' unless otherwise specified). Thus, different businesses may join a MEP, either through a group or association or through a PEO. The final regulation also permits certain working owners without employees to participate in a MEP sponsored by an employer group or association. The final rule primarily affects groups or associations of employers, PEOs, plan participants, and plan beneficiaries. It does not affect whether groups, associations, or PEOs assume joint-employment relationships with member-employers or client employers. But it may affect banks, insurance companies, securities broker-dealers, record keepers, and other commercial enterprises that provide retirement-plan products and services to ERISA plans and plan sponsors.
``Open MEPs'' and Other Issues Under Section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act
Document Number: 2019-16072
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-07-31
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document is a request for information regarding the definition of ``employer'' in section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA). The document mainly seeks comments on whether to amend our regulations to facilitate the sponsorship of ``open MEPs'' by persons acting indirectly in the interests of unrelated employers whose employees would receive benefits under such arrangements. The term ``open MEP'' in this document refers to a single defined contribution retirement plan that covers employees of multiple unrelated employers. The information received in response to the questions in this document may form the basis of future rulemaking under ERISA. This request for information was triggered in part by public comments received on a related rulemaking action under section 3(5) of ERISA, with respect to which a final rule is being published elsewhere in this issue of this Federal Register. This document also solicits information on other issues raised by these commenters, but which were considered beyond the scope of that final rule.
Exemptions From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions
Document Number: 2019-16163
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-30
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains exemptions issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). This notice includes the following: 2019-03, The Les Schwab Tire Centers, D-11924; 2019-04, Principal Life Insurance Company and its Affiliates, D-11947; 2019-05, Seventy Seven Energy Inc. Retirement & Savings Plan, D-11918; 2019-06, Tidewater Savings and Retirement Plan, D-11940.
Proposed Exemption From Certain Prohibited Transaction Restrictions Credit Suisse Group AG (CSG) and Its Current and Future Affiliates, Including Credit Suisse AG (CSAG) (Collectively, Credit Suisse or the Applicant) Located in Zurich, Switzerland
Document Number: 2019-15069
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-16
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notice of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of a proposed temporary five-year individual exemption from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). If this proposed exemption is granted, certain entities with specified relationships to CSAG will not be precluded from relying on the exemptive relief provided by Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 84- 14.