Angela Bohmann

Angela Bohmann

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Same Sex Marriage: Effect on Benefits

The United States Supreme Court recently held in Obergefell v. Hodges http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf that all states must recognize and allow marriages between same sex partners. Depending on an...more

7/3/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Equal Protection ERISA Fourteenth Amendment Marriage Marriage Equality Obergefell v. Hodges Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Spouses

Standard of Review is Important – Again

I recently blogged about the importance the standard of review can make when a court decides whether a claims decision made under an employer plan will be upheld. My recent blog post dealt with the standard of review under a...more

6/5/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors C-Suite Executives Disability Benefits Disability Insurance Standard of Review

Make Sure Participants Know When Their Plan Benefits Have Been Transferred

Employers need to make sure that their employees know when benefits shift from one plan to another as illustrated by this case from Utah: Martin Marietta Corporation (Martin) operated a cement plant that it later...more

2/26/2015 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Employer Liability Issues Notice Requirements

Plan Administrators Have Discretion to Round

Cash balance plans often provide a pay credit and an interest credit in determining a participant’s accrued benefit. The pay credit is often a percentage of compensation. The interest credit is established in the plan and can...more

12/18/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors ERISA Rounding

It is Always Good to Follow the Plan’s Claims Procedure in Denying a Claim – Part 2

Some months ago I blogged about an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision involving high ranking executives participating in a company’s long term incentive plan where the executives won their suit under the plan, at least...more

6/10/2014 - Benefit Plan Sponsors Claims Procedures Compensation Committee Employer Liability Issues

Maintaining Poor COBRA Procedures Can Be Expensive

I blogged a few months ago about an employer who had to pay more than $83,000 in penalty, attorneys’ fees and costs for failure to give a proper COBRA notice for a dental plan....more

8/16/2013 - Attorney's Fees Benefit Plan Sponsors COBRA Penalties

DOL Publishes Helpful Self Compliance Tools

The Department of Labor has published two checklists that plan sponsors can use to test their compliance with group health plan requirements. One checklist addresses the Affordable Care Act (ACA or health care reform)...more

3/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act Benefit Plan Sponsors Compliance DOL Employer Group Health Plans HIPAA

Target Date Retirement Funds – Tips For Plan Fiduciaries

Many plan sponsors have selected so-called “target date” funds as the default investment under the plan sponsor’s 401(k) or other qualified plan. A target date fund is one that includes investments in different asset classes...more

3/7/2013 - 401k Benefit Plan Sponsors Qualified Benefit Plans Retirement Plan

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