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Lost Participant? Did you Try Google?

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the U.S. Department of Labor recently updated its guidance to retirement plan fiduciaries on due diligence and efforts to locate missing participants in the case of...more

Are Your Beneficiary Designations Heir Tight?

An often-neglected area in the world of benefit plan administration is the beneficiary designation form. Many participants complete their beneficiary designations incorrectly because they don’t read the instructions carefully...more

PBA Amendments in Response to Carrigan Case Become Law

Following the recent provincial election, Ontario’s Liberal government re-introduced the budget bill which had been defeated during the last session of the legislature. With the Liberals’ new majority in the legislature, the...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - Summer 2014

In this issue: - Nursing Facility Survey Trends: Directed Plans of Correction, Privacy Violations and FTag 520 Quality Assurance Committee Citations - COBRA Meets ACA – Time to Update COBRA Notices -...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects Widow’s Claim for Equitable Relief

The Fourth Circuit recently rejected fiduciary breach and equitable estoppel claims for life insurance coverage by Leslie Moon, the widow of a deceased employee, who claimed that the employer’s actions resulted in Mr. Moon’s...more

Escheaters Never Prosper, Lord Grantham: Handling Unclaimed Employee Funds

While renewing my license plates online with Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (yes, bureau, not department), I saw an advertisement for the Indiana Attorney General’s Unclaimed Property Division, IndianaUnclaimed.gov. On a...more

Bankruptcy Protection for Inherited IRA

The already complicated subject of how to handle Individual Retirement Accounts following the death of an IRA holder just got a little more complicated with the recent Supreme Court decision in Clark v. Rameker. The issue in...more

When is a Retirement Account not a Retirement Account?

Q: When is a retirement account not a retirement account? A: When it's an inherited IRA and the owner is bankrupt. That's what the Supreme Court said last week in a case involving the Bankruptcy Code's exemption...more

EuGH: Urlaubsanspruch endet nicht mit dem Tod

Mit dem Tod verliert ein Arbeitnehmer nicht seinen Anspruch auf bezahlten Jahresurlaub. Der finanzielle Ausgleich für nicht genommenen Urlaub muss beim Tod des Arbeitnehmers auf dessen Erben übergehen. Dies hat der...more

Supreme Court Decides Retirement-Fund Bankruptcy Exemption Case: Clark v. Rameker

On June 12, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Clark v. Rameker, No. 13-299, holding that funds in an individual retirement account (IRA) that a bankruptcy debtor obtained through inheritance are not "retirement...more

Eighth Circuit Decisions Reminds Employers Of Importance Of Granting ERISA Plan Administrators Discretion To Interpret Plan Terms

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit released an opinion which highlights the importance of ensuring ERISA plan documents grant plan administrators the discretion to construe and interpret the...more

ERISA 8th Circuit: Deciding Who Is The Beneficiary — The Abuse Of Discretion Standard Trumps The Substantial Compliance Doctrine

Sometimes determining the correct beneficiary for ERISA-governed life insurance benefits can present real challenges. Can the deceased’s will prove the deceased’s intent designating the correct beneficiary? It...more

Ohio Court of Appeals Upholds Constructive Trust in Favor of Unnamed Beneficiaries

The Ohio Court of Appeals imposed a constructive trust over the proceeds of an ERISA governed life insurance policy for the benefit of the decedent’s children even though the children were not named beneficiaries of the...more

Obtaining Workers’ Compensation For Occupational Diseases In Illinois

While workers’ compensation claims involving traumatic or repetitive injuries may be fairly straightforward, claims involving occupational diseases are often complicated. The Illinois Workers’ Occupational Diseases Act gives...more

Practical Issues in Pension Fund Investing – Execution of Subscription Agreements

There is a famous phrase which is particularly apt in the area of pension fund investing – “the devil is in the details”. This is the first in a series on practical issues that arise in connection with investments by Canadian...more

Religious Institutions Update - April 2014

Does a closely held for-profit corporation have a constitutionally or statutorily protected right to exercise religion under the Free Exercise Clause or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA)? The U.S. Supreme...more

Good News for Employers: IRS Simplifies Rollover Validation Process

To simplify the rollover validation process, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a new Revenue Ruling 2014-9 that provides guidance on the process for a trustee-to-trustee tax-free rollover between tax-qualified...more

Quebec Releases Draft Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan Regulations

On March 12, 2014, the Quebec government released draft regulations (pdf) that are required to complete the new legal framework for the establishment of voluntary retirement savings plans (VRSPs) in Quebec effective July 1,...more

Script Newsletter: March 2014

In this issue: - A Look Behind the OIG’s Work Plan - Do You Need an Estate Plan? - Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans - New Child Abuse Reporting Law Gets Tough -...more

Tax Implications for Same-Sex Married Couples Residing in The Carolinas

As the April 15th filing deadline approaches, there are important changes to note. When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on June 26, 2013, a number of important tax issues were raised...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2014

CASES - Court Finds Former NFL Player’s First Wife Is Surviving Spouse - A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit demonstrates once again the importance of divorcing your first spouse...more

Avoid the Retirement Plan Soap Opera by having Participants update their beneficiary forms

Yes, I will admit it, I love soap operas. My favorite show of all-time is Dallas and when I was a senior in high school and I was at home around 12:30 pm, I watched in succession, Young and The Restless, Bold and The...more

Litigation Alert: Trust/Owner Not 'Trade or Business' for Withdrawal Liability Purposes

Pacific Coast Shipyards Pension Fund v. Nautical Engineering, Inc. - On January 13, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (the "District Court") granted a motion to dismiss, holding that...more

Important 2014 Tax Developments

The list is not intended to be exhaustive. - Income: IRS rules that incentives to health care professionals and hospitals for using electronic records are income to those receiving the...more

Pension News - November 2013

In This Issue: - Automatic enrolment - The Pensions Regulator - Pension Protection Fund - Department for Work and Pensions - Case law - Other News - On The Horizon - Contact Details -...more

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