The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued this announcement today:
The Department published in the Federal Register of October 24, 2007 a final regulation (the qualified default investment alternative regulation) providing relief from certain fiduciary responsibilities for fiduciaries of participant-directed individual account plans who, in the absence of directions from a participant, invest the participant’s account in a qualified default investment alternative. On October 20, 2010, the Department published a final regulation that requires the disclosure of certain plan and investment-related information, including fee and expense information, to participants and beneficiaries in participant-directed individual account plans (the participant-level disclosure regulation).
This proposed regulation contains proposed amendments to the qualified default investment alternative regulation to provide more specificity as to the information that must be disclosed in the required notice to participants and beneficiaries concerning investments in qualified default investment alternatives, including target date or similar investments. This document also contains a proposed amendment to the participant-level disclosure regulation that would require the disclosure of the same information concerning target date or similar investments to all participants and beneficiaries in participant-directed individual account plans.
Written comments on the proposed regulation should be received by the Department of Labor no later than 45 days after publication of the regulation in the Federal Register. The proposed regulation is scheduled to be published on November 29, 2010.