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Compliance Employee Benefits The United States Department of Labor

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -

A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

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The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule, which defines the term "fiduciary" as it applies to persons who provide "investment advice" to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of fiduciary...more

Federal Contractor News Roundup: Paid Sick Leave, Pay Secrecy, Posters, Plus More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This year continues to be an active one for employers who are federal contractors or subcontractors. Most recently, yesterday President Obama continued the trend of using Executive Orders where legislative solutions have...more

Employee Benefits Alert - July 2015

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Major Revisions to Qualified Plan Determination Letter Process Announced - Effective January 1, 2017, the staggered five-year determination letter remedial amendment cycles for individually designed plans will be...more

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

by Littler on

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

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

Multiple Departments Issue Guidance on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made headlines during the second half of 2014 by attacking employers' wellness programs that require employees to undergo certain medical testing or be penalized. In three...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

ERISA § 4062(e) Liability Enforcement Returns--Applicable to Defined Benefit Plans and Succession of Operations at Facility. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) § 4062(e) originally imposed liability...more

New Guidance on Locating Missing Participants for Terminated Defined Contribution Plans

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided new guidance to plan fiduciaries of terminated defined contribution plans for locating missing and unresponsive participants in order to distribute their...more

View From McDermott: What Private Equity and Hedge Funds (and Their Benefit Plan Investors) Should Know About ERISA

by McDermott Will & Emery on

ERISA imposes numerous obligations on fiduciaries holding assets of employee benefit plans. In addition to discharging its duties prudently and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to benefit plan participants and...more

Mistakes a Plan Sponsor Should Correct Before an IRS/DOL Audit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I have been in the retirement plan business for over 15 years and I have met too many plan sponsors who don’t care that their plan isn’t being run correctly. What makes them eventually care is when they are audited by the...more

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

Complying with the Affordable Care Act’s Exchange Notice Requirement

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to require employers of all sizes to provide their employees a notice of the availability of coverage through public...more

Act Now Advisory: FMLA Update: Protected Leave Available to Same-Sex Spouses

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") announced that, as of August 9, 2013, it had updated guidance documents to remove references to the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") in order to affirm the availability of spousal leave...more

Same-Sex Marriages and Employee Leave Entitlement After Windsor

by Littler on

In Windsor v. United States, No. 12-307 (June 26, 2013), the Supreme Court ruled that the section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that required federal laws to ignore same-sex marriages that are legally entered into...more

Action Items for Employers: Notice to Employees of Health Insurance Marketplace & Related Updates to COBRA Election Notices

As we have alerted you in the past, health care reform enacted in 2010 under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (referred to herein as “PPACA”) has imposed new obligations on employers and group health plans. One...more

EBSA Updates Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program

On January 28, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced updates to its Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance (DFVC) Program. ...more

Deadlines Approaching for Fee Disclosures under ERISA, and DOL Issues Guidance on Participant-Level Fee Disclosures

by Reed Smith on

Pursuant to the DOL’s disclosure regulations issued under ERISA section 408(b)(2), employers sponsoring ERISA benefit plans should be receiving fee disclosures from the plans’ covered service providers regarding the service...more

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