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Universities: Growing Concern With Explosion of Retirement Plan Fee-Related Lawsuits

In a concerning development for universities and other institutions of higher learning nationwide, a growing number of schools, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Yale University, Johns...more

Penalties Increased for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

Recently-enacted legislation has increased many penalty amounts for certain employee benefit plan violations. The new penalties – some of which are more than double previous amounts – were adjusted to catch up with inflation...more

Multiple Universities Sued Over 403(b) Retirement Plan Investment Fees

In the last several days, a number of large private universities have been sued regarding the investment fees in their 403(b) retirement plans. The lawsuits claim that these universities breached their fiduciary duties under...more

Discover (or rediscover) Russian employment law - Your questions, our answers

Is Russian employment law a codification of rules? Yes. Is Russian employment law protective of employees? Yes. Is Russian employment law complex? Certainly. However, we would like to note that Russian employment law...more

Religious Institutions Update: August 2016

When was the last time your organization reviewed your insurance policies? Not all policies are equal. Many religious organizations are underinsured. Most should have general liability, property, professional liability,...more

Legal updates regarding Israeli law - Significant recent case law: employer ordered to provide prior notice to employees in a...

Employment Appeal 28597-03-11 Dabush Light – Jordanian Locks Holdings (2005) Limited. Decided on February 11, 2015. Jordanian Locks transferred the ownership of its plant to another company. The employees continued to...more

Under Attack: ERISA Class-Action Lawyers Target Colleges and Universities

Class-action lawyers have begun targeting retirement savings plans offered by a number of colleges and universities across the country. These lawsuits are founded in claims of ERISA breaches of fiduciary duty - alleging the...more

Teamsters’ Central States Pension Plan: A Saga Becomes a Nightmare?

Created in 1955, the CSPP remains one of the largest and oldest multiemployer pension plans in the United States, funding the pensions of 400,000 active and retired Teamsters. Shockingly, with the decline in the unionized...more

Election Year Reminders: Cautionary Guidance for Employers That Sponsor PAC/Charity Matching Programs

As we head into the final stretch of the presidential election cycle, employers — both for-profit and nonprofit — may wish to offer employee programs to encourage civic participation, including facilitating political...more

IRS Simplifies Section 83(b) Election Process

Under Section 83(b) of the Internal Revenue Code ("Section 83(b)"), a taxpayer who receives certain property subject to vesting as compensation for services (for example, a restricted stock award granted by the taxpayer's...more

IRS Makes Filing an 83(b) Election Easier

On July 25, 2016, the IRS finalized regulations under Section 83 of the tax code that removes a procedural step in the process of filing an 83(b) election....more

Changes to tax treatment of termination payments

The UK Government has announced changes to the tax treatment of termination payments following the conclusion of its recent consultation. Draft legislation has now been published which will come into force in April 2018....more

Update on the Apparent Demise of the Determination Letter Program

As we previously reported, the IRS had said last year that determination letter program for retirement plans would largely be going away. Rev. Proc. 2016-37 includes information with respect to the future of the determination...more

Higher ed braces for flood of lawsuits over retirement plans

Numerous colleges and universities sponsor retirement plans—both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC)—to provide retirement income security for their employees. But recently a number of higher education...more

….And 403(b) Plans are next on the litigation hit parade

It should be no surprise that the rampant uptick in 401(k) litigation is also going to venture into the 403(b) world. Four class action lawsuits were filed against MIT, New York University, and Yale University. The cases...more

U.S. employers targeted by lawsuits claiming excessive fees in employee retirement and savings plans: Could it happen in Canada?

I recently wrote about the legal risks regarding plan fees that should be considered by Canadian employers who sponsor group registered retirement savings plans and defined contribution pension plans....more

ERISA Class Actions Filed Against Higher Education Institutions

Several ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class actions involving allegedly excessive retirement plan fees were filed this week against higher education institutions including colleges, universities, and medical schools. The...more

A New Landscape - Compliance clarifications and planning opportunities for governmental and tax-exempt employers sponsoring...

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its long-awaited proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Section 457(f) governs the taxation...more

Traps for the Unwary: Does Your Employee Handbook Comply with the Affordable Care Act?

Do you think you’ve complied with the Affordable Care Act mandates? Before you answer yes, you’d best take a close look at your Employee Handbook – a minefield for mistakes....more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

Recruiting Practice Reminders - If you are a hiring manager or human resources professional who posts job openings to your organization’s website, carefully review the content to ensure it is specific, clear and concise....more

Upcoming Employee Benefit Plan Deadlines

This client alert follows up on our prior alerts entitled "Employee Benefit Plan Filing Deadlines." The following are the most common applicable filing deadlines (and/or "Heads Up" for coming deadlines) or other important...more

IRS Clarifies Instructions for Form 5500 Reporting of RMD Failures

Certain employee benefit plans, including qualified retirement plans, must file an annual return/report on Form 5500 with the Department of Labor, which is shared with the IRS. Each year discreet changes are typically made...more

IRS Proposes Adjustments in Individual Mandate Reporting

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the individual mandate reporting requirements under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code. To a significant degree, the new regulations reflect guidance previously published by...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Determination Letter Program

As was previously announced in 2015, effective as of January 1, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) is eliminating its five year staggered determination letter cycle for individually designed retirement plans. Plans in...more

Case Note: Court Rules In Favor Of Fidelity And Holds That Float Income Is Not A Plan Asset

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that float income is not a plan asset and therefore is not subject to fiduciary and prohibited transaction provisions of ERISA. The decision was written by former Justice Souter...more

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