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2015: This Is The Year Ahead: Summary Of Likely Trends And Legislative Developments Across Asia This Year

In This Issue: China; Hong Kong; Japan; Korea; and Singapore. Excerpt from Korea: The Korean government is proposing to amend the Employee Retirement Benefit Securities Act to promote the implementation...more

New Public Employment Laws for 2015

Year in and year out, one thing is true: In California, there will always be new laws affecting employers, and 2015 is no exception. Below is a brief description of the laws that public sector employers need to be aware of...more

BABC Attorneys Author Amicus Brief on Behalf of DRI Regarding Tibble Case in United States Supreme Court

In Tibble v Edison International, Plaintiffs brought fiduciary duty claims against Edison International for alleged mismanagement of Edison’s 401(k) Plan. Plaintiffs’ claims centered upon the fact that the Plan’s investment...more

February 2, 2015 Deadlines for Reporting 2014 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Employers should be sure they are ready to comply with the fast-approaching deadlines for reporting 2014 incentive stock option (ISO) exercises and certain employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) transfers under Section 6039 of...more

"Dudenhoeffer: An Effective Tool to 'Weed Out Meritless' Employer Stock-Drop Claims?"

In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, 573 U.S. __, 134 S. Ct. 2459 (2014), a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that fiduciaries of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) are not entitled to a special presumption that their...more

Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme - The treatment of pensions claims in a UK insolvency process

When the Lehman Brothers group imploded in September 2008, the impact of events on the Lehman Brothers UK pension scheme (the "Scheme") was not seen as a key concern for anyone other than the members themselves. Yet as time...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects the Yard-Man Inference Vesting Lifetime Benefits for Union Retirees

In M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned three decades of precedent by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, unanimously ruling that, when no specific provision in a...more

Significant Multiemployer and Single Employer Benefit Rule Changes Take Effect

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the $1.1 trillion Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 (Appropriations Act), which includes some significant changes to the rules governing...more

Diversity Reports at Two Federal Agencies Offer Glimpse of Regulatory Review under Impending Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), signed by President Obama in 2010 in response to the financial crisis, includes a provision intended to remedy racial and gender discrepancies at...more

California AG Declares Whistleblower Tally A State Secret

Since 2004, the California Attorney General has been required to maintain a whistleblower hotline to receive calls from persons who have information regarding possible violations of state or federal statutes, rules, or...more

ERISA Section 4062(e) Significantly Reformed Effective December 16, 2014

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which contains provisions that significantly reform ERISA Section 4062(e). The new law is meant to ensure that...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

"Overwhelming Majority of Say-on-Pay Proposals Continue to Garner Support"

The overall say-on-pay proportions for 2014 are not substantially different from those in prior years, with the overwhelming majority of companies easily getting majority support on say-on-pay proposals. Despite this seeming...more

Supreme Court Decides M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010, holding that ordinary principles of contract law govern the interpretation of pension and insurance provisions of...more

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

Employers who sponsor defined benefit plans, or who are involved in a corporate transaction involving defined benefit plans, should be aware of developments in Washington concerning Section 4062(e) of ERISA. The Pension...more

New Comprehensive Federal Spending Bill Includes Extensive Pension Related Provisions

Both houses of Congress recently passed, and President Obama recently signed, comprehensive spending legislation that includes an amendment with the provisions of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) along with...more

Illinois Becomes the First State to Require Automatic Retirement Savings Program for Workers Without Access to a Workplace...

On January 5, 2015, outgoing Governor Quinn signed landmark legislation that created the “Secure Choice Savings Plan” which will give Illinois workers who do not have the option to participate in a workplace retirement...more

Pension News - December 2014

In This Issue: - Budget Reforms - Pension Protection Fund - Department for Work and Pensions - Legislation - Case Law - HMRC - Public service pension schemes - On the Horizon - Excerpt from...more

Illinois Employers Will Need To Comply With Several New Laws That Take Effect In 2015

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicant Act: Commonly referred to as the "ban-the-box” law, employers with 15 or more employees cannot consider or inquire into an applicant’s criminal record or history until: (a) the...more

IRS Issues 2014 Cumulative List of Plan Changes

Plan sponsors that are scheduled to file determination letter applications with the IRS for their qualified retirement plans between February 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016, (Cycle E sponsors), should be aware that the IRS...more

Supreme Court Announces “Wipe-Out” of Yard-Man Presumption in Advance of Storm

With storm clouds threatening in the northeast, the Supreme Court cast a ray of sunlight for employers today by rejecting the use of a problematic inference in adjudicating claims for retiree benefits brought pursuant to...more

There is a price to pay for being outspoken

I always say that plan providers need to stand out in the crowd. I follow my own advice and that’s how I tried to act when I started my law practice 5 years ago. I was pretty brazen in my comments and I know I...more

2015 Economic Outlook. Blue Skies Ahead.

Renowned economist Hugh F. Kelly (PhD, CRE), Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the 2014 national Chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, led a discussion at a CREW-Miami...more

“Plain” Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

The Directed Trustee in the Post-Dudenhoeffer World

Overview - Court cases challenging the actions of Employee Retirement Income Security Act fiduciaries have continued unabated since the scandal of Enron in 2002. Since then, a large number of cases are in the ‘‘stock...more

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