In April 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that expands who is considered a “fiduciary” when providing investment advice to retirement plans and their participants. The final rule’s guidance also applies to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).
Under the rule, a person is a fiduciary if the person receives compensation for providing investment advice with the understanding that it is based on the particular needs of the person being advised or that it is directed at a specific plan sponsor, plan participant or account owner. Fiduciary status is significant because fiduciaries are required to act in their clients’ best interests and may be held personally liable in the event of a fiduciary breach.
View the Compliance Bulletin – DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule Impacts HSAs at www.mywaveconnect.com for a detailed review of the new ruling.