Thursday, October 9, 2008

DOL Final Regulation - Amendments to Interpretive Bulletin 95-1

The DOL announced final rules on the distribution of benefits for missing nonspouse beneficiaries in terminated plans, the selection of annuity providers, and cross trading:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor has announced final rules pertaining to the requirements of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA). The new rules relate to distribution of 401(k) benefits for missing nonspouse beneficiaries in terminated plans, selection of annuity providers and cross trading of securities by plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

The PPA amended the Internal Revenue Code to allow the rollover of certain retirement benefits of a deceased participant into a tax-favored inherited individual retirement account (IRA) created on behalf of a nonspouse beneficiary. The new rule (and a related class exemption) conforms to the PPA by amending existing distribution requirements for terminated defined contribution plans, including abandoned plans, to require rollovers into inherited IRAs for missing nonspouse beneficiaries.

In the annuity area, the department is issuing two final rules on selection of annuity providers. One rule limits the application of the "safest available" standard of Interpretive Bulletin 95-1 to defined benefit plans. The other is a final regulation providing guidance, in the form of a safe harbor, for the selection of annuity providers by fiduciaries for benefit distributions from individual account plans.

The final rule on cross trading addresses the content of the policies and procedures which must be adopted by an investment manager before engaging in cross trades of securities between clients, including employee benefit plans. The written policies and procedures must be fair and equitable to all account participants and must provide for appointment of a compliance officer who is responsible for periodically reviewing purchases and sales of securities made pursuant to the exemption to ensure compliance with the written policies and procedures.

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