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The Sixth Circuit Vindicates the Fourth and Eleventh.

The en banc Sixth Circuit reaffirmed what the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits knew all along. Ever since Cigna v.Amara, 131 S. Ct. 1866 (2011), in which the United States Supreme Court provided fresh theories (e.g.,...more

2014 Pension Plan Regulatory Highlights

The start of the new year is as good a time as any to look back at some of the employee benefits regulatory developments of 2014 that were not previously covered in this column. Originally published in Employee Benefit...more

Be Global - A look ahead to key international employment law developments expected in 2015

In This Issue: - ASIA PACIFIC: - Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update - China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining - China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers - Hong Kong:...more

ISS Releases Four Sets of FAQs, Glass Lewis Provides an Update, and FASB and IASB Make Certain Decisions Relevant to Equity...

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...more

Be Careful What You Promise Employees Who Leave Your Employment

Clients sometimes like to ease the transition for employees who are retiring or whom the client would like to encourage to leave. One strategy is to continue the employee “on payroll” for a period of time with the expectation...more

Seller Beware: Eighth Circuit Finds Insurer Potentially Liable for Enrollment Mistakes of Employer

In Silva v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 762 F.3d 711 (8th Cir. 2014), the Eighth Circuit joined a number of other circuits in recognizing equitable remedies of reformation and surcharge based on a breach of fiduciary...more

ERISA: Sometimes A Government Employee’s Benefits Could Be Governed By ERISA?

You already know that employee benefit plans established by governmental entities are exempt from ERISA. But ERISA might apply if the employee benefit for the government employee is established through an association....more

White House Budget Recommends Elimination of in-Plan Roth Rollovers of After-Tax Contributions

As reported, the Internal Revenue Code currently permits a plan design that allows plan participants to convert non-Roth after-tax contributions to Roth contributions through in-plan Roth rollovers. This design would allow a...more

Illinois Enacts Secure Choice Savings Program

On January 4, 2015, outgoing Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act, requiring any business in operation for at least two years that has 25 employees or more in Illinois, and...more

Medical Insurance Premium Reimbursement — A Brief Reprieve for Small Employers

Some employers – particularly smaller ones – have assisted their employees to obtain health insurance by reimbursing them for the cost of insurance they purchase in the individual market. Does this practice satisfy the...more

Does Your Employee Incentive Plan Create an Early Pay-Out and Exit for Key Employees at the Owners’ Expense?

Business owners have at their disposal a variety of employee incentive compensation tools to attract and retain talent. In terms of employee incentive plan design, business owners work to strike a balance between...more

Same - Sex Marriage and the Workplace

Alabama's recent news headlines have been dominated by the subject of same-sex marriage. There are very strong opinion on both sides of the issue, and Alabama has now joined the long list of states involved in litigation...more

DOL Issues Final Rules on Annual Funding Notice for Defined Benefit Plans

The Department of Labor recently issued final regulations implementing the annual funding notice that defined benefit plans are required to provide under Section 101(f) of ERISA. The final regulations are similar to the...more

DOL Issues Proposed Regulatory Changes To Sex Discrimination Rules For Federal Contractors

The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) has begun what is expected to be a year filled with regulatory changes by issuing its proposed new regulations regarding sex discrimination by federal contractors, which have not...more

Guide To Going Global: Global Equity Restricted Stock And Restricted Stock Units 2015

Welcome to the updated edition of DLA Piper’s Guide to Going Global – Global Equity, Restricted Stock and RSUs. GUIDE TO GOING GLOBAL SERIES - Many companies today aim to scale their businesses globally and into...more

Form 5500 – Do You Need to File?

Many businesses are not always aware of the potential requirement to file Form 5500 each year; the form details financial conditions, investments and operations of benefit plans, as required by ERISA and the IRS. ...more

Alabama’s New “I Do”: Same-Sex Marriage, the FMLA, and Employee Benefit Considerations

Alabama probate judges began issuing marriage licenses and presiding over ceremonies for same-sex couples a few days ago. The landmark occasion follows a recent ruling out of the Southern District of Alabama that struck down...more

Not All Health Savings Plans Are Created Equal

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have gained in popularity since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but many employers are unclear about how they differ from more traditional Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). An...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - February 2015

In this issue: - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Developments -...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2015: Explore New Trends in Reducing Corporate Health Care Costs

The increasing cost of healthcare is a significant concern for companies that provide health care benefits to their employees. With certain key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known...more

Why bad funds remain in 401(k) plans

A few years ago, researchers from the business schools at the University of Indiana and the University of Texas at Austin looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund...more

Is Your Company Making Timely 401(K) Contributions? - You should be depositing employee contributions ASAP after every payroll!

The deposit timing rules are relatively straightforward, or so we thought... Just a few weeks ago, a client asked us for assistance in completing the 401(k) recordkeeper’s 2014 Form 5500 data questionnaire. As...more

Partial Plan Terminations: Recent Court Ruling Serves as a Reminder of the Risks

After what Judge Posner described as 19 "interminable" years of litigation, the latest round of Matz v. Household International Tax Reduction Investment Plan may be the last. In late December 2014, the 7th Circuit of Appeals...more

Supreme Court Rejects Analysis of Duration of Retiree Benefits As Contrary to Contract Law

On January 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States resolved a long-standing dispute between the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the remainder of the federal judiciary in a case concerning the extent to which...more

Supreme Court Rejects Yard-Man: Ordinary Contract Principles Apply When Interpreting Retiree Medical Promises

The Supreme Court has unanimously vacated a Sixth Circuit ruling that a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) vested retirees with lifetime medical benefits. M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 759...more

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