Field Assistance Bulletins

Field Assistance Bulletins (or FABs) are written by the Office of Regulations and Interpretations to the Director of Enforcement and Regional Directors to provide guidance in response to questions that have arisen in field operations. FABs may also include transition enforcement relief that permits employers, plan officials, service providers and others time to respond to new laws or regulations.

2019
Document Number Subject Issue
Field Assistance Bulletin
2019-01
  • Annual Reporting Requirements for Multiple Employer Plans Subject to ERISA Section 103(g)

This Bulletin announces transition relief for annual reporting civil penalties for 2017 and prior year Forms 5500 or 5500-SF.

2018
Document Number Subject Issue
Field Assistance Bulletin
2018-02
  • Temporary Enforcement Policy on Prohibited Transactions Rules Applicable to Investment Advice Fiduciaries

This Bulletin announces a temporary enforcement policy on prohibited transaction rules applicable to investment advice fiduciaries.

Field Assistance Bulletin
2018-01
  • Interpretive Bulletins 2016-01 and 2015-01

Guidance on  the fiduciary standards under ERISA relating to proxy voting and shareholder engagement activities, and consideration of “economically targeted investments.”.

2015
Document Number Subject Issue
Field Assistance Bulletin
2015-02
  • Selection and Monitoring under the Annuity Selection Safe Harbor Regulation for Defined Contribution Plans

Guidance for fiduciaries under 29 CFR 2550.404a-4 regarding the selection and monitoring of annuity providers and contracts for benefit distributions from defined contribution plans.

Field Assistance Bulletin
2015-01
  • ERISA's Annual Funding Notice Requirements Following the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014

Guidance under section 101(f) of ERISA relating to single-employer defined benefit plan annual funding notice requirements pursuant to the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014 (HATFA), including a modified supplement to the model annual funding notice that plan administrators may use to comply with the requirements of section 101(f)(2)(D).