PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 10th, 2017
Happy Friday, PLANSPONSOR readers! Breaking News: Blackstone is set to acquire the benefits and HR business of Aon plc. In other news, a court ruling has created even more confusion—if that’s possible—about implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL)’s fiduciary rule; researchers have suggested that expected low returns in the future, as well as longevity, will create a need for retirement plan savers to put away even more money; lawmakers have moved to block the DOL’s final rule on state-run retirement plans; and industry experts say nothing will change soon due to President Donald Trump’s executive order about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enjoy this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend.
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Deals and People
Blackstone to Acquire Aon Hewitt’s Benefits and HR Administration Platform
Private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Aon plc’s technology-enabled benefits and human resources platform, currently part of Aon Hewitt. Aon Hewitt says this transaction sharpens its focus on delivering advice and solutions, accelerates innovation on behalf of clients and improves return on invested capital. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Rule Wins Another Court Victory
A district court judge in Texas concluded the crafting and implementation of the fiduciary rule fit squarely within the DOL’s authority. Read more >
Data and Research
Low Returns, Longevity Mean Greater Retirement Savings Rate Needed
Different scenarios mean investors may need to save 25% of income to achieve retirement goals due to low expected equity returns and longevity, a research report finds. Read more >
House Lawmakers Oppose State-Run Retirement Plan Rule
They have submitted resolutions to block the final regulations. Read more >
ACA Executive Order Does Not Stop Plan Sponsor Actions
Despite an order by Trump to minimize the burden of the Affordable Care Act, industry experts say nothing will happen soon, and even after any repeals, plan sponsors may keep doing what they are doing. Read more >
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The Senate Math That Could Block SECURE Act
Senate floor time is at a premium ahead of the 2020 presidential election—so much so that even legislation that passed the House with a near-unanimous bipartisan vote is not guaranteed to become law.
House Committee Advances Bill to Establish Union Pension Lifeline Program

The legislation aims to establish a 30-year loan program and new financial assistance for financially troubled multiemployer pension plans.

Open MEPs Not for Every Plan Sponsor
If legislation passes to allow for open multiple employer plans (MEPs) for plan sponsors without a common nexus, experts believe they will offer benefits to plan sponsors, but there would be some considerations to explore before joining one.
Driving Financial Wellness at Work
Wes Collins, senior manager of participant advice services at CAPTRUST, discusses financial wellness areas of focus, broken out by career stage.
Pension Participants Claim ERISA Breaches in Dow DuPont Pension Transfer

In a new ERISA lawsuit seeking class action status, the plaintiffs claim their pension assets were disloyally and imprudently transferred during a complex series of corporate spinoffs and mergers.

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