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Group Life Insurance Claims by a Teacher’s Beneficiary Are Subject to ERISA Preemption: Woods v. American United Life Insurance...

On ERISA preemption grounds, a federal court has ruled against state law claims asserted by the beneficiary of a former school teacher who sought benefits from a group life insurance policy. Woods v. American United Life...more

EIOPA updates 2016 action plan

EIOPA has updated its 2016 Action Plan. EIOPA has brought forward from 2016 to 2015 discussions on whether group supervision should be extended to the sub-group level, whether national or cross-border in nature....more

Guide To Doing Business In New Zealand: Entry to New Zealand (Updated)

ENTRY TO NEW ZEALAND - A visa or permit is not required to visit New Zealand if the visitor is an Australian citizen, British citizen, or a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

All week, both chambers and their respective finance committees have been working toward tonight’s third deadline of the session, by which committees must act favorably on major appropriation bills....more

NC Politics in the News

Members of the North Carolina General Assembly had a full schedule last week, considering bills on everything from repealing the state’s cumbersome Map Act to voiding a law which required teachers to write Personal Education...more

CFPB's Latest Supervisory Report Signals Enforcement Trends

The CFPB's most recent Supervisory Highlights report, which covers the second half of 2014, confirms that the bureau is continuing an aggressive focus on debt collection, overdraft fees, mortgage origination, fair lending and...more

CFPB 2014 complaints report shows large increase in debt collection and credit reporting complaints

The CFPB’s Consumer Response Annual Report analyzing complaints handled in 2014 indicates that volume rose 53% from 163,700 complaints in 2013 to 250,200 in 2014. The report provides data on the most common types of...more

Recent Guidance on Charter School Participation in State Pension Plans

In Illinois, charter school teachers and certain administrators are eligible to participate in the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund (CTPF). Both of these pension systems are...more

“We are the state that built America”

This morning, Gov. Tom Wolf presented his inaugural budget to the General Assembly. Calling the proposal “a different kind of budget” that “includes Democratic ideas, Republican ideas and ideas that exist beyond party lines,”...more

CFPB Hot Topics for 2015

Despite rumblings from the new Congress about reining in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Bureau has indicated a packed agenda for 2015. Following an aggressive push in 2014, the attention of the CFPB...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015 #3: The House started the week receiving a number of regulations and bill introductions...

What's New - HOUSE: The House started the week receiving a number of regulations and bill introductions. The Joint Transportation Review Committee's Final Report of Qualifications was received....more

Murphy School District No. 21 to Pay $138,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Federal Agency Says School Used Retirement Plans That Were Facially Discriminatory - PHOENIX -- Murphy School District No. 21 used an early retirement incentive plan which granted greater economic benefits to employees...more

Boston Ordinances Proposed to Address Student-Athlete Safety and Scholarships - Ordinances May Lead Other Cities and States to...

The Boston City Council has entered the ongoing national debates and reform efforts concerning collegiate student-athlete issues, including safety and scholarships. Colleges and universities across the United States, athletic...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to...

House Budget - Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to Raleigh Tuesday to continue the budget process. House leadership held a press conference Tuesday morning to unveil their...more

Employment Law - June 2014

California Supreme Court Strikes Down $15 Million Employee Class Action Win and Orders Decertification in Duran V. U.S. Bank Nat’l Ass’n - Why it matters: On May 29, 2014, the California Supreme Court unanimously...more

Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional...

The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 6: Halfway Through the Session, Tax Bills Take Center Stage

Last week marked the halfway point in this legislative session, with Tuesday being the 15th of 30 legislative days. Legislative leaders still expect the 2014 session to end on April 7....more

Junior Goes to College! Innovative Strategies to Save for Your Children's College Education with Pre-Tax Dollars

Overview - The cost of college tuition has gone through the roof. The average cost of a private university can range from $40,000-60,000 per year. The cost of a public university is a lot less in most cases except that...more

2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation

As an on-going service to our clients, Pierce Atwood is pleased to provide this updated summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session and 1st Special Session, as well as...more

Under The Dome: 2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation - State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 1st Regular Session...

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to provide a summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session, as well as legislation carried over to next year’s 2nd Regular Session. Laws and...more

2013 Florida Legislative Session Recap

Prior to the start of the 2013 Florida legislative session, President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford outlined a joint agenda that included tackling ethics, elections, campaign finance, state pensions and higher education. The...more

Recent 403(b) Developments

Background - 403(b) retirement plans are similar to 401(k) plans, but the employers who may establish 403(b) plans are limited to public schools, certain tax exempt employers (including religious and charitable...more

Compensation and Unrelated Business Income are Focus of IRS Colleges and Universities Report

Just a few weeks before many tax-exempt organizations file their annual Form 990, the IRS yesterday released its final report on the Colleges and Universities Compliance Project, which it had initiated in 2008 by sending...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 8: Burning The Midnight Oil

When lawmakers returned on April 2 for the second half of the 2013 Regular Session, the 16th legislative day resulted in one of the longest of the year, with both houses adjourning close to midnight and then putting in long...more

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