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Deadline for Plan Sponsors to Submit Qualification Amendments with the Puerto Rico Treasury is Fast Approaching

Employers that sponsor an employee retirement plan in Puerto Rico must review plan amendments and/or restatements adopted during 2016 to determine whether they need to submit their plan documents to the Puerto Rico Department...more

IRS Sets Deadline for Retroactive Fixes to 403(b) Retirement Plan Documents

In January 2017, the IRS published Revenue Procedure 2017-18 which set March 31, 2020 as the last day to take advantage of the remedial amendment period under Revenue Procedure 2013-22 to retroactively fix defects in 403(b)...more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

Are You a Small Employer? Still Time to Implement a Health Reimbursement Arrangement

The 21st Century Cures Act allows small employers to reimburse employees on a pre-tax basis for medical care expenses (including premiums for individual health insurance policies). Under transition relief issued on February...more

Disgorgement Claims Continue To Confound Courts In ERISA Class Actions

Courts continue to be split over the availability of disgorgement and “accounting for profits” in ERISA class actions involving in-house investment plans. On March 3, 2017, in Brotherston v. Putnam Investments, LLC, No....more

Tennessee Highway Patrol K-9 Officers May Receive Health Care Benefits

The Senate approved legislation this week allowing retirement health care benefits for Tennessee Highway Patrol K-9 officers. SB1286 / HB1353, sponsored by Sen. Rusty Crow and Rep. John Holsclaw, requires the Tennessee...more

House Bill Would Allow Employers to Require and Access Genetic Testing Results

House bill HR 1313, introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx (R.N.C.), proposes to allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing, then allow employers to see the results, and impose financial penalties on...more

DOL Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy for Fiduciary Rule

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced a temporary enforcement policy related to its recently proposed 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017 applicability date of its fiduciary conflict-of-interest rule and related...more

Update – A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously reported in our February 16, 2017 blog post, “A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule,” the DOL anticipated delaying the effective date of the fiduciary rule by 180 days. ...more

Increased Benefits Proposed For New Jersey Paid Family Leave Insurance

New Jersey is one of five states which provide for paid family leave. Under New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave Insurance law, eligible employees can take up to six weeks of leave to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child or...more

IRS Issues Substantiation Guidelines for Safe-Harbor Hardship Withdrawals

Earlier this year, the IRS issued a memorandum setting forth substantiation guidelines for IRS auditors examining whether a 401(k) plan hardship distribution is “deemed to be on account of an immediate and heavy financial...more

DOL Announces Temporary Enforcement Policy and Proposes to Extend Application of Rules Under Best Interest Contract Exemption by...

In response to a February 3, 2017 memorandum by the President to the Secretary of Labor, on March 2, 2017, the DOL proposed to extend for 60 days the applicability date for final rules on the Best Interest Contract Exemption...more

Does your employment agreement clearly address post-termination benefit entitlements?

An employee’s entitlement to benefits, such as bonus or incentive plan payments, following the termination of his or her employment is an important consideration that should be addressed at the commencement of the employment...more

DOL Temporarily Forbears Enforcement of Fiduciary Duty Rule

The Department of Labor’s “fiduciary duty” Rule continues to get more bollixed up. DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that will give a “free pass” for any violations (a) in the gap between effective date and delay,...more

New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

The U. S. House of Representatives (the House) proposed two bills to “repeal and replace Obamacare” last week, and while many popular consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) look to be...more

Fiduciary Rule on Hold - DOL proposes to delay application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers...

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to delay the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule by 60 days. The DOL issued the proposal in response to the February 3, 2017, Presidential Memorandum...more

Five Provisions of New Healthcare Legislation that Affect Employee Benefit Plans

Early on Thursday morning, March 9, the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would fundamentally restructure the Affordable Care Act (or, as it is sometimes colloquially...more

Proposed Delay of the DOL Fiduciary Rule - What Should Financial Institutions Do?

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) proposal to delay its change to the definition of the term “fiduciary” (the “Fiduciary Rule”) was published in the Federal Register. Against expectations, the proposed delay...more

Another ERISA Church Plan Class Action Settles

Citing to the “significant uncertainties in predicting the outcome” of their litigation “where the critical issue is pending before the Supreme Court (oral argument on the scope of ERISA’s church plan exemption is set in...more

What is the American Health Care Act?

Late in the evening on March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced a budget reconciliation bill that both repeals certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and offers new provisions that significantly change the...more

Labor Department Boosts Disability Claimant Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) recently issued a final rule addressing disability benefit claims and appeals (see 81 FR 92316). The rule adds new procedural protections and safeguards meant to ensure disability...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...more

Does the Fiduciary Exception Apply to Legal Advice Received By Insurers During the Claims Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: Adding to the body of conflicting authority on the scope of the attorney-client privilege in ERISA lawsuits, a district court has found that the fiduciary exception to attorney-client privilege applies to...more

An Employer-Centric Summary of the American Health Care Act

Unless you recently were stranded on an uninhabited island, or do not own a mobile phone, computer or television, you likely have not heard that the House released the Affordable Care Act repeal and replace bill. This new...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

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