The Rumors of the DOL Rule’s Death are Highly Exaggerated! The shot heard across the nation last Wednesday was the sound of a DOL proposal to delay further implementation of the fiduciary-rule exemptions until July 2019.  The Department’s proposal to extend the Jan. 1 effective date for the remaining portions of the exemptions was first disclosed in documents released Wednesday in a court challenge Thrivent Financial for Lutherans v. Perez.