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US Department of Labor Withdraws Independent Contractor Rule

By Mike Hedge on 5/6/21 8:36 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the withdrawal of the “Independent Contractor Rule," effective May 6, 2021.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Federal Advocacy
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NAIFA’s Carsrud Contributes to Capitol Hill Briefing on Retirement Issues

By NAIFA on 5/5/21 3:19 PM

Policy experts from industry associations, including NAIFA Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Judi Carsrud, provided congressional staff with a briefing on the defined contribution retirement system and how Congress can improve it. They explained some common challenges faced by employers providing plans and employees anxious about covering present-day expenses while saving for retirement.

Topics: Advocacy Retirement Legislative & Regulatory
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NAIFA Supports SECURE Act 2.0 Introduced by Reps. Neal and Brady

By NAIFA on 5/3/21 4:24 PM

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) have introduced the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, also known as the SECURE Act 2.0, and Neal has scheduled a markup session in the committee for Wednesday.

Topics: Retirement Planning Legislative & Regulatory Press Release
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New York Appellate Court Rules Regulation 187 Unconstitutional

By NAIFA on 4/29/21 2:41 PM

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, has ruled that state Insurance Regulation 187, “Suitability and Best Interests in Life Insurance and Annuity Transactions,” is unconstitutional. A 2018 amendment to Regulation 187 imposed a complicated new standard of care on annuity recommendations and broadened the scope of the regulation to include life insurance as well as annuity products.

Topics: Press Release
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NAIFA-NC Holds Virtual Advocacy Day

By NAIFA on 4/27/21 4:53 PM

NAIFA’s North Carolina chapter (NAIFA-NC) held a virtual Advocacy Day, Monday, April 26. Insurance and financial professionals who attended benefited from an update on state legislative and regulatory activity by NAIFA-NC lobbyists Michelle Frazier and David Ferrell.

Topics: State Advocacy
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The IRS Will Correct Confusing Guidance on Stretch IRAs and the SECURE Act

By Judi Carsrud on 4/26/21 4:03 PM

The SECURE Act, enacted in December 2019, changes the rules for certain inherited retirement accounts whose original owners died after Dec. 31, 2019. Under the new rule, many heirs to IRAs and 401(k) accounts will have to fully distribute the funds from their inherited accounts (and pay income tax on the distributions) within 10 years of the original owner’s death. The rule does not apply to surviving spouses, minor children, heirs who are disabled or chronically ill, and heirs who are within 10 years of the age of the decedent.

Topics: Legislative & Regulatory Tax Retirement Plans
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NAIFA Members Show Almost No Interest in Being Classified as “Employees”

By Mark Briscoe on 4/23/21 6:38 PM

More than 90% of NAIFA members have income reported to the government on IRS Form 1099, and very few of them show any appetite for giving up their status as independent contractors, according to a recent survey.

Topics: Advocacy Legislative & Regulatory
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New NAIFA Survey: What Was Your Path Into the Financial Services Industry?

By NAIFA on 4/23/21 2:54 PM

NAIFA’s advocacy educates and informs policymakers so they understand the important work insurance and financial professionals do to help American families and businesses achieve their financial goals and attain financial security. Well-informed officials make better decisions to serve NAIFA members and their clients as well as all Americans who seek financially secure futures.

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NAIFA State Advocacy in Action: Montana Rate-Setting Law Signed

By NAIFA on 4/22/21 8:42 AM

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte has signed legislation that revises state non-discrimination laws to allow insurers to consider insured individuals’ gender and marital status when setting rates for insurance premiums. NAIFA’s Montana chapter worked with state Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Troy Downing to craft and promote the legislation. NAIFA-MT members testified on its behalf at hearings in the state. The commissioner cited research by NAIFA-MT in his press release on the legislation.

Topics: State Advocacy
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NAIFA Looks to Work With Congress on Paid Family Medical Leave Solutions

By NAIFA on 4/21/21 3:59 PM

NAIFA CEO Kevin Mayeux issued the following statement following a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on paid family medical leave:

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