Retirement

American businesses of every size maintain a long-held commitment to providing voluntary benefits that support the welfare of their workers. As Americans live longer, healthier, and more active lives, retirement security becomes a greater concern—particularly with the uncertainty surrounding government programs like Social Security. The private employer-provided retirement system has contributed significantly to the retirement needs of millions of seniors. The Chamber and its members are committed to continuing the success of the system and ensuring the long-term retirement security of Americans.

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Protect Retirement Security

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is currently working to redefine the definition of a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Security Act (ERISA) by modifying what constitutes “investment advice.”

Unfortunately, this re-proposal is both more expansive and much more complicated than the DOL’s controversial 2010 proposal. It will have a disproportionate impact on low and moderate income Americans saving for retirement—especially employees of small businesses who save using products such as IRAs.

The Chamber is committed to working toward a rule that further protects investors while expanding, rather than unnecessarily limiting, access to investment advice and investment choices. Learn more about the threat to retirement security and add your voice to this important issue.

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Businesses are speaking out about what this proposal means to them and the potential consequences for their employees.
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Join our efforts and help us explain to the Hill, the administration, and the media what being able to offer retirement benefits means to you and your employees.

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I am afraid...that the DOL's new "fiduciary" rule will cut [my employees] off from receiving critically important investment education and materials on investment options."

Todd Ewing

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The Threat to Small Business Retirement Savings Infographic
The Threat to Small Business Retirement Savings Infographic
 

Stretching its current regulatory authority over employer-provided retirement plans, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed in April a new regulatory package that would put DOL in charge of financial advice provided to all Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as well as to all private-sector, employer-provided retirement plans. This regulatory expansion would change the rules governing how financial advice is provided to roughly $15 trillion in retirement savings, putting DOL in charge. Unsurprisingly, this kind of sweeping change would result in a lot of unintended consequences.

 

 

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Comment

This letter was sent to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in response to the Requests for Approving Certain Alternative Methods for Computing Withdrawl Liability; Settlement of Withdrawal and Mass Withdrawal Liability issued on January 5, 2017. 

 

February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 6:00pm
Letter

This coalition letter was sent to all members of Congress in support of H.J. Res. 66 and H.J. Res. 67 regarding safe harbor regulations on savings arrangements established by state and political subdivisions for non-governmental employees. 

 

February 13, 2017

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
Letter

This key vote letter was sent to all members of Congress urging support for H.J. Res 66 and H.J. Res 67 regarding Congressional Review Act action on the Department of Labor's guidance on state-sponsored auto IRAs. 

 

February 13, 2017

 

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Press Release

Policy Solutions Focus on Reducing Barriers, Making it Easier for Americans to Plan and Save for the Future

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:15am
Press Release

Executive Order Calls for Reforms Needed to Spur Economic Growth, Protects American Access to Retirement Advice and Choice 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue responded today to news that President Donald Trump will issue an executive order enacting sweeping reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act and delaying the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule:

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 9:15am
Event
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On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will host an event exploring what saving for retirement means for employers, workers and retirees in today's evolving landscape.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 8:00am
Report

The Chamber's white paper titled State Auto-IRAs: The Wrong Answer, outlines the ways state auto-IRAs will hurt the small business workers they are supposed to help and highlights how workers benefit from strengthened and expanded employer-provided plans.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 4:30pm
Issue Brief
 
2017 RETIREMENT POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS
 
U.S. Chamber Staff Contacts
  • Randel Johnson, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits 
  • Aliya Wong, Executive Director, Retirement Policy
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:45pm