Alden J. Bianchi

Alden J. Bianchi

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Hospital and Fixed Indemnity Policies; Excepted Benefits; Supplemental Coverage under Recently Proposed Treasury Regulations; and...

We reported in a recent post on proposed regulations dealing with, among other things, the treatment of hospital indemnity or other fixed indemnity insurance products in the group market. This post takes a closer look at the...more

8/27/2016 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans ERISA Health and Welfare Plans Health Insurance HHS Hospitals Indemnity Minimum Essential Coverage NAIC Supplemental Insurance

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: Amendments to Prohibited Transaction...

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our previous posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary”; the...more

7/15/2016 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions Brokers Conflicts of Interest Covered Transactions Disclosure Requirements DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Insurance Agents Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Prohibited Transactions Recordkeeping Requirements

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Rule: The Best Interest Contract Exemption

Last month the U.S. Department of Labor published a suite of final regulations governing the fiduciary status of, and prescribing conflict of interest rules that apply to, persons who provide investment advice to...more

5/26/2016 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Best Interest Contract Exemptions Conflicts of Interest DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser IRA Remedies Retirement Plan

The Depart of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The New Fiduciary Standard

With this post, we begin our substantive explanation of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. For the financial services industry, and for the retirement plans and IRAs,...more

5/13/2016 - Conflicts of Interest DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser IRA Prohibited Transactions Retirement Plan

Private Equity Funds, Controlled Groups, and Multi-Employer Plan Withdrawal Liability: The Lessons of Sun Capital Partners vs. New...

Both the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) contain rules that aggregate trades and businesses under common control. For the most part, these rules are intended to...more

4/12/2016 - Controlled Groups ERISA Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Multiemployer Plan Private Equity Funds Sun Capital Partners Withdrawal Liability

Hold on to Your (Fiduciary) Hats: the Countdown to Compliance with the Department of Labor’s Final Fiduciary Rules Begins

After six years in the hopper, the Department of Labor finally issued final fiduciary regulations late last week that will greatly impact a wide variety of stakeholders. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

4/11/2016 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Final Rules

Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual: The Dog That Didn’t Bark, and the Next Front in the Preemption War

Recently, we reported on Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual, in which the Supreme Court invalidated the Vermont all-payer claims data base law. Applying what appeared to us as a straight-forward application of existing ERISA...more

3/22/2016 - Employer Group Health Plans ERISA Gobeille v Liberty Mutual Insurance Com. Health Insurance Preemption State and Local Government

Supreme Court Rules that ERISA Preempts Vermont Claims Reporting Requirement

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) made the regulation of employee benefit plans principally a matter of Federal concern. ERISA broadly and generally preempts—or renders inoperative—state laws that...more

3/15/2016 - Employer Group Health Plans ERISA Gobeille v Liberty Mutual Insurance Com. Health Insurance Preemption Reporting Requirements SCOTUS

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 4: The Impact on 401(k) Plan Consultants...

This post highlights the significant impact the proposed regulations may have on advisers to mid-sized and small 401(k) retirement plans if adopted. Previously, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series described the...more

6/3/2015 - 401k Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser Retirement Plan

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 3: The Impact on Large Retirement Plans

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the...more

5/27/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Best Practices DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Human Resources Professionals Internal Revenue Code (IRC)

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 2: The “Best Interest Contract” Exemption

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) and the...more

5/19/2015 - Best Interest Contract Exemptions DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Investment Adviser IRA Retirement Plan

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”: Part 1: The Rule and its Exceptions

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued proposed regulations that make sweeping changes to the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). To call this proposal...more

5/15/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors DOL ERISA Fiduciary Duty Retirement Plan

ACA Countdown to Compliance - 52 Week Series For Employers

In this volume, we have collected the 52 weekly blog posts that comprise the series entitled, The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers. The series appeared in the Mintz Levin Employment Matters Blog...more

2/25/2015 - ADA Affordable Care Act Cafeteria Plans EEOC Employer Group Health Plans Employer Mandates ERISA Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Honeywell International HSA Minimum Value Plans Pay or Play Self-Insured Health Plans Shared Responsibility Rule Wellness Programs

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 2: Explaining the Look-Back Measurement Method to Employees

Many applicable large employers—i.e., employers that are subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules—have a pretty good sense of what these rules are, how they work, and what they plan to...more

12/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act ERISA Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Look-Back Measurement Period Shared Responsibility Rule

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 16: So What, Exactly, is an “Offer of Coverage”?

Whether an employer makes the requisite offer of group health plan coverage is critical to the application of the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules as reflected in final implementing regulations...more

9/9/2014 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Employer Mandates ERISA Full-Time Employees Health Insurance Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 26: Fitting a Round Peg (the Public Health Service Act 90-day...

The Departments of the Treasury/IRS, Labor and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently issued a final regulation under the 90-day waiting period limitation, which is included among the Affordable Care Act’s...more

6/30/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employer Mandates ERISA Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Internal Revenue Code (IRC) IRS PHSA U.S. Treasury

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 31: ERISA Section 510 and Limiting Employee Hours

In last week’s post, we examined the appropriateness of capping the annual hours of new “variable hour employees” as a way to limit exposure under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules. (These rules...more

5/27/2014 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Mandates ERISA Healthcare Healthcare Reform IRS Shared Responsibility Rule

Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit...

The Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) generally prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage becomes effective under a group health plan. The regulation of waiting...more

3/5/2014 - Affordable Care Act DOL Employee Benefits ERISA Healthcare HHS U.S. Treasury Waiting Periods

PE Funds May Be Liable For Portfolio Company Pension Liabilities

Introduction - A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit increases the risk that a private equity fund could be liable for its portfolio company’s unfunded pension liabilities. Additionally,...more

8/15/2013 - Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues ERISA Investment Portfolios Pensions Private Equity Retirement Plan

A Primer on “Low-Cost” Group Health Plans

A May 10 Wall Street Journal article, “Employers Eye Bare-Bones Health Plans Under New Law” (see the associated video on WSJ Live), highlighted a compliance strategy to minimize employer exposure for assessable payments under...more

6/19/2013 - Affordable Care Act Employer Group Health Plans ERISA Healthcare Minimum Essential Coverage Public Health Service Act

The New HIPAA Omnibus Rule & Your Liability — A Detailed Review

As we have reported in this blog, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released final regulations containing modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and...more

2/18/2013 - Business Associates Cloud Computing Covered Entities Data Breach ERISA Fundraisers HHS HIPAA Omnibus Rule HITECH Marketing Notice Requirements OCR PHI Privacy Rule Risk Assessment Subcontractors Training

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