In The Wall Street Journal, Brad commented on the effects various businesses should expect. “It’s going to cost more than it used to for those small business employers to make plans available to their employees,” he said.
Brad told BenefitsPro and Washington Bureau that the rule forces retirement investment advisers to face a change in their business model and increased litigation risks, which will result in higher costs passed on to their clients, impacting employers with as many as 1,000 plan participants. “Access to advisors is key for small businesses. This means more businesses will face more strenuous regulations, and more advisors will face uncertain litigation risk,” he said. “That will increase the cost of advice and make it more difficult for businesses to offer plans.”
In ThinkAdvisor, Brad discussed how the rule affects the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s definition of fiduciary, particularly in the best interest contract exemption (BICE). He said that the “most significant issue” continues to be with BICE. “There are frivolous litigation risks and liability risks in the BICE that still remain, and that are going to increase costs for small businesses where advisors are willing to use the BICE exemption at all,” he said. “[The final DOL rule] still requires using the BICE to make a series of judgment calls; these are subjective standards, not objective standards, and that difference really matters here.” Brad also discussed the rule’s education provisions, it’s instructions on how to handle annuities, and it’s negative change for small plans and small companies.
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