Auto Portability - Recent Developments

Find the most-recent auto portability media coverage and developments.


Nov
12
2018

ThinkAdvisor: DOL Plan Would Help Workers Consolidate 401(k) Accounts

ThinkAdvisor's Melanie Waddell reports on the DOL's proposed ERISA exemption for Retirement Clearinghouse's auto portability program, which is intended to make retirement account balances easier to move from job to job.

Nov
09
2018

Ignites: DOL Proposes 401(k) 'Auto-Portability' Plan

Ignites reporter Joe Morris covers the U.S. Labor Department's announce of the proposed exemption of Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH) from ERISA rules, effectively permitting automatic transfers (roll-ins) of smaller 401(k) balances when participant leave jobs or are terminated -- a program known as auto-portability. The proposal, says Morris, "would task Charlotte-based Retirement Clearinghouse with running an auto-portability program, using RCH's electronic-records- matching technology."


Nov
09
2018

Bloomberg Law: Retirement Clearinghouse Could Get Fee Waived on Savings Transfers

Bloomberg Law's Madison Alder covers the Department of Labor's Nov. 6th proposed exemption for Retirement Clearinghouse to make it easier for auto portability, which Alder describes as "the transfer small sums of savings in individual retirement accounts to new ones when employees change jobs."

Nov
08
2018

Law360: EBSA Floats Simplifying 401(k) Transition Upon Job Change

Law360's Emily Brill reports on the U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) introduction of a proposal in support of RCH's auto portability program -- a proposal which Brill describes as "intended too allow workers to seamlessly transfer their retirement from one 401(k) plan to another when they change jobs."

Nov
08
2018

PlanAdviser: DOL Asks for Input on Retirement Plan Auto-Portability

PlanAdviser's Rebecca Moore details the DOL’s 11/7/18 notice of a proposed exemption from restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to RCH for use of its auto-portability solution. The DOL, says Moore, has “tentatively determined that the proposed exemption is protective of affected plan participants” and notes initial results of the use auto-portability at a plan sponsor, as well as previous support from Congressional legislators, including U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Nov
08
2018

PLANSPONSOR: DOL Proposes Exemption for Retirement Plan Auto-Portability Solution

PLANSPONSOR’s Rebecca Moore details the DOL’s 11/7/18 notice of a proposed exemption from restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to RCH for use of its auto-portability solution. The DOL, says Moore, has “tentatively determined that the proposed exemption is protective of affected plan participants” and notes initial results of the use auto-portability at a plan sponsor, as well as previous support from Congressional legislators, including U.S. Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Nov
08
2018

Investment News: DOL proposes rule to reduce leakage in 401(k) plans

InvestmentNews reporter Greg Iacurci reports on the Department of Labor’s 11/7/18 proposed exemption for RCH “that’s meant to stanch the flow of money out of 401(k) plans, an issue that has long troubled retirement policymakers.” Iacurci notes policymaker concerns about 401(k) leakage, and cites research from the GAO, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRR) as well as supportive comments from Marcia Wagner, principal at The Wagner Law Group. RCH, notes Iarcurci, needs the exemption in order to receive a transfer fee, absent an individual’s consent.

Nov
08
2018

401k Specialist: DOL Wants Your Opinion on Auto Portability

The 401kSpecialist’s Jessa Claeys notes the DOL’s 11/7/18 Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) request for public comment on RCH’s proposed exemption, and advises her readers to comment, if they have strong opinions. The DOL’s exemption, says Claeys, would excuse RCH from ERISA and IRC rules that don’t allow sponsors or fiduciaries to use plan or employee assets for moving a former employee’s retirement savings forward, into their current-employer’s plan.

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