DoL Schedules Welfare Plan Disclosure Hearing

November 4, 2010 ( – Federal regulators have scheduled a public hearing for next month to discuss issues relating to disclosure of fees and other information by employee welfare benefit plan service providers to plan fiduciaries.

A news release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) said the plans involved in the December 7 hearing include health, disability, severance and other offerings governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

According to the agency, the hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m. (EST) at the Labor Department, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room S-4215 A-C in Washington, D.C.  A copy of the hearing notice is available on EBSA’s Website at  Information about the agenda for the hearing will be available on the website on or after November 17, EBSA said. . 

Those  interested in presenting testimony and answering questions at the hearing must submit, by 3:30 p.m. (EST) November. 17, 2010, the information specified in the notice.  Individuals wishing to attend the hearing should provide contact information by email to and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hearing to expedite entrance into the building. 

A series of recent DoL rules have deal with fee disclosures to the various parties involved in employer retirement plans.