Determining Fiduciary Status: And the Computer Says . . .

Fiduciary status is the touchstone of the law of ERISA. From that status flows many of the obligations that ERISA can impose on a party, as well as extensive potential liability. For those of you wondering about who is a fiduciary and when for these purposes, Susan Mangiero has found a really fun (well, if you like this stuff, anyway) toy, the Department of Labor’s ERISA Fiduciary Advisor, an on-line tool for identifying whether or not someone has achieved fiduciary status for purposes of ERISA. Kind of like computer gaming for the ERISA set.