Wesley Covert

Wesley Covert

Laner Muchin, Ltd.

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The Impact Of Obergefell On Employee Benefits

Prior to the Obergefell decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in U.S. v. Windsor, struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which mandated that federal laws only recognize opposite-sex marriages. As a result of...more

8/26/2015 - Discrimination Equal Protection ERISA Health Insurance Income Taxes Obergefell v. Hodges Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor

Self-Insured Health Plans May Be Required To Allow Health Care Providers Access To Their Claims And Appeals Process

In a precedent-setting case, a district court in the Northern District of Illinois recently ruled that in-network chiropractors were considered “beneficiaries” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)...more

7/2/2014 - Administrative Appeals Appeals Beneficiaries ERISA Healthcare Self-Insured Health Plans

Employment Relationship Not Required For Claim Of ERISA Violation For Benefit Rights

In a recent Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision successfully litigated by Laner Muchin, the Court addressed novel aspects of whether an employer interfered with employees’ benefit rights in violation of ERISA. The case...more

3/13/2014 - Employee Benefits Employee Rights ERISA Human Resources Professionals Layoffs Section 510

Improve Compliance Of Retirement And Group Health Plans In 2014

Retirement plan fiduciaries should consider the following best practices to improve their plan’s governance in 2014: (i) if fiduciary duties have been delegated, make certain that the delegations are in writing and are being...more

1/10/2014 - COBRA Compliance ERISA Fiduciary Duty HIPAA Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Investment Funds Notice Requirements Personnel Records Plan Administrators Publication Requirement Resignation Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage Termination

7th Circuit Rules Employee May Recover Monetary Damages In ERISA Claim For Unpaid Benefits Against Insurer Who Denied Coverage...

The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc. provides a means for employees to collect monetary relief on their claim for benefits if they can show that the terms of the plan were not clear, and...more

7/9/2013 - Damages Employee Benefits ERISA Insureds Insurers Surgery

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