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Christopher Guldberg

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Pursuant to Department of Labor guidance, a “statement of investment policy” provides fiduciaries responsible for plan investments with written guidelines or general instructions concerning various types of investment management decisions.  Typically, an investment policy will establish criteria and procedures for the selection, monitoring, removal, and replacement of plan investments. Unlike the “funding policy” required for plans under Section 402(b) of ERISA, there is no requirement under ERISA that a plan have a written investment policy…

On April 21, 2017, the Trump Administration issued Executive Order 13789, which instructed the IRS to review all “significant tax regulations” issued on or after January 1, 2016 to identify as targets for modification, rescission or delayed effectiveness any regulations that (i) impose an undue financial burden on U.S. taxpayers; (ii) add undue complexity to the Federal tax laws; or (iii) exceed the statutory authority of the IRS. Having completed this review, earlier this month,…

Companies preparing CEO pay ratio disclosure for the 2018 proxy season should not assume they will be able to rely on the Privacy Exemption with regard to gathering information about non-US employees. For a summary of the key provisions of the SEC’s final CEO pay ratio disclosure rule and the limited exemptions provided for non-US employees, see Baker McKenzie’s recent client alert. Invoking these exceptions will likely be difficult in practice. Companies should, however, generally be…

The establishment of prudent processes is a fundamental element of appropriately discharging fiduciary duties under ERISA.  Where a committee acts as the primary plan fiduciary, a written committee charter will typically form the basis for all committee operations.  The committee charter effectively provides the “by-laws” and operating guidelines that will govern how the committee discharges its obligations. The Charter’s Role Charters will typically address how committee members will be appointed and replaced, term limits, quorum,…