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The Fifth Circuit recently vacated the US Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) 2016 fiduciary rule that had expanded ERISA’s fiduciary definition to those providing investment advice for a fee to an ERISA plan or its participants. In light of the Fifth Circuit’s decision, the DOL has issued a temporary enforcement policy halting the enforcement of certain prohibited transaction claims against investment advice fiduciaries. Under Field Assistance Bulletin 2018-02, the DOL indicated that it will not pursue…

At the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 15th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance Director Bill Hinman (speaking for himself and not the SEC) said that the SEC did not plan to delay the implementation of the CEO pay ratio disclosure rules. Mr. Hinman also mentioned that the SEC anticipates issuing guidance on the pay ratio rule in the near future.  We note that although the Financial Choice Act that…

It’s hard to believe it’s been a little over two years since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule for the CEO pay ratio disclosure as part of its implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. As most readers will know, the CEO pay ratio rule requires public companies (with certain exceptions) to disclose the ratio of the annual total compensation of their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to the annual total compensation of their…