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New IRS Memo Confirms Tax Treatment of Wellness Programs & Incentives

In a recently released IRS Chief Counsel Memo, the IRS confirmed that wellness incentives are generally taxable. The memo also, indirectly, confirmed the tax treatment of wellness programs more generally....more

Eighth Circuit Finds That Insurance Coverage Extends To Fraudulent Losses Caused By Computer Hacker

On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed breach-of-contract claims brought by Minnesota-based State Bank of Bellingham (“Bellingham Bank”) against BancInsure Inc. (“BancInsure”), an insurance...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2016

Editor’s Overview - In this issue of Proskauer's ERISA Litigation Newsletter, we review a recent ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the application of controlled group principles to the building...more

Why a Plan Sponsor Should Seek Out a Retirement Plan "Dentist"

More than a dozen years ago, there was a medical report that dental plaque could cause heart disease. I thought it was some sort of dental conspiracy to increase revenue as fluoridated water and other dental hygiene has had...more

Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury Departments Release New Summary of Benefits and Coverage Templates and Accompanying...

The Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor (“DOL”), and Treasury (the “Departments”) have jointly released final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (“SBC”) template, the Uniform Glossary, and...more

ERISA Preemption: Don't Tread on my Uniform System of Plan Administration

On March 1 the U.S. Supreme Court again reinforced the broad preemptive scope of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C.A. §1001. In Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, the court...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #3

FCA extends COBS 13 and 14 modification by consent - FCA has published a revised direction to extend the modification by consent of its Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS) in relation to pension schemes. The...more

Basic-Supplemental Life Insurance Plan Pricing Structure Upheld in ERISA Class Action

An employee benefit plan that includes an alleged subsidization component for its basic and supplemental options is neither prohibited by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) nor a violation of the plan...more

UK Regulator Consults on Regulation of Secondary Annuity Market

The Financial Conduct Authority published a consultation paper on its proposed rules and guidance for the secondary annuity market due to start in April 2017. The consultation is aimed at parties interested in pensions and...more

HM Treasury Consults on Legislation for Secondary Annuities Market

HM Treasury published a consultation paper on the UK Government’s proposed secondary market due to be introduced in April 2017. The market would extend the recently introduced pension freedoms and flexibilities to...more

Technological and Information Concerns Highlight NAIC Spring 2016 National Meeting

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring 2016 National Meeting, which was held from April 3 – 6 in New Orleans, offered insight into numerous issues being considered by state commissioners nationwide....more

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know About the New Fiduciary Regulation and Related PT Exemptions

What Plan Sponsors Need to Know Now - On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released a new definition of what constitutes a fiduciary to a retirement plan. While the new guidance clarified that certain...more

The Grisly Death of Determination Letters for Individually Designed Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced last year that it would end its staggered five-year remedial amendment cycle system for individually designed retirement plans under the determination letter program due to...more

SCOTUS ERISA Cases, Part Two: Preemption of State Healthcare Claims Database

This is the second article of a three part series summarizing employee benefit issues that are being argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the current October 2015 term. Part One provided an outline of Montanile v....more

No Surprises in Recent Vested Rights Decision: Fry v. City of Los Angeles

The recent decision in Fry v. City of Los Angeles (California Second District Court of Appeal Case No. B259791, March 7, 2016) held, after careful parsing of the language in the City Charter and the applicable City...more

Blog: EIOPA Publishes Guidelines On The Supervision Of 3rd-Country Insurance Branches

The European Insurance & Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its “Guidelines on the supervision of branches of third-country insurance undertakings“. The Guidelines are intended to ensure that...more

Life and Annuity Series: Significant Litigation Risks

WilmerHale Partner Charles Platt, a leading commercial litigator who is recognized nationally for his work defending financial services and insurance companies, periodically drafts legal news alerts for clients about the life...more

They will always try to sell Plan Sponsors something

When I was a kid, there were two varieties of Cheerios, one version of Listerine, and one type of Crest toothpaste. If you got to the supermarket these days, there are about a dozen varieties of Cheerios, more than a half...more

ERISA Prevents Vermont from Requiring Self-Insured Health Plans to Provide Data Relating to Healthcare

Vermont and a few other states have adopted so-called “All-Payer Claims Databases” (“APCD”) in an effort to collect financial and other information relating to healthcare for purposes of controlling costs and generally...more

ACA Suit Challenging Reduction in Hours Allowed to Proceed

Many employers are still working to catch up to and understand the new requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – including the IRS, which has announced automatic extensions to certain reporting requirements for this...more

Supreme Court Concludes That ERISA Preempts State Reporting Requirements

In a closely observed federalism battle over the scope of ERISA preemption, the Supreme Court came down on the side of Federal power. Specifically, in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, the Court, in a 6-2 ruling,...more

ERISA Preemption Made Easy? Supreme Court Sends Vermont All-Payer Database Back to the Drawing Board

On the first day of decisions since the unexpected passing of Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court of the United States ventured into the thorny area of preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and...more

Life and Annuity Series: Stable Value Funds

Class action plaintiffs have long claimed that insurance companies may become ERISA fiduciaries when offering variable annuity products and funds to 401(k) plans. The Colorado federal court decision in Teets v. Great...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Obergefell Decision Affect Your Employee Benefit Plans?

The short answer: No plan amendments are required, but certain plan amendments and operational changes are permitted, and certain operational changes may be required....more

Health and Welfare Plans: Big Compliance Burdens, Big Penalty Exposures

Health and welfare have been around for a long time, and they are ubiquitous. Employees have come to expect medical, dental, life, and other insurance as part of their benefits packages. Employers offer coverage in order to...more

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