June 7, 2011

Fee Disclosure Applicability Date Modification Proposed

In July, 2010 and October, 2010, respectively, the DOL issued service provider and participant level fee disclosure rules.  The Department indicated, informally, that it was considering delaying the applicability date of these regulations in order to give service providers and plan administrators time to comply with the regulations. 

On May 31, 2011, a formal proposal to modify the applicability dates was released.  According to the proposal:

The primary reason for this proposal is to ensure that the service provider rules are in effect, and the plan has the requisite information it needs to accomplish participant level disclosure.  When this extension is made final, additional detail will be provided.


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