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Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401(k) Plan Class Actions

The last ten years have seen a proliferation of high-profile class actions alleging breach of ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty against plan fiduciaries. The claims are usually based upon alleged excessive...more

ESOPs in Iowa Gone Wrong

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

What is an ESOP? An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is an employee benefit plan designed to give company stock to its employees. ...more

Jones Day’s Review of Business-Related Cases in the Supreme Court’s October Term 2016

by Jones Day on

During what many have labeled a “quiet Term,” the U.S. Supreme Court, working with only eight justices for most of the session, still delivered at least 30 rulings of particular interest to business and industry. These...more

The Supreme Court Indirectly Stiffens A Fiduciary Breach Time Limit And Helps ERISA Fiduciaries In The Process

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court appears to have barred equitable tolling under ERISA Section 413’s six-year statute of repose for fiduciary breach claims, subject only to well-pled allegations and proof of fraud or...more

Employment News - July 2017 #4

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Compare and contrast – pension based on hours reduced because of disability was not discriminatory - The Court of Appeal has upheld the EAT decision in Williams v The Trustees of Swansea University Pension & Assurance...more

Final Regulations for New York State Paid Family Leave Law Adopted

The New York Workers Compensation Board (the “Board”) has adopted final regulations for implementation of the New York Paid Family Leave Law (“PFLL”).  The final regulations are effectively immediately....more

The ESOP Class Action: An Existential Threat To The ESOP Community

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent years, many sponsors and trustees had to defend investigations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in connection with transactions in which company shares were sold to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In...more

Work Now, Party Later: The Case for Tackling the New Disability Claims Procedures Before Year-End

by Bryan Cave on

Plan sponsors are typically forced to wait for last minute guidance to satisfy year-end compliance obligations. As a result, those of us who work with these plans spend the last days of the year frantically ensuring plans are...more

OregonSaves: New State-Run Retirement Plan Requires Employer Action Beginning November 15, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Are you an employer with employees in Oregon? If you do not offer a retirement plan to any of your employees, read on for your obligations under a new state-run retirement savings program called OregonSaves. If you do...more

EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopisis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing...more

Employment News - July 2017 #3

by Hogan Lovells on

Breaking up is (not always) hard to do – transfer of part of service capable of being a TUPE service provision change - In Arch Initiatives v Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust the EAT decided that...more

IRS Scrutiny of Plan Loans Increases, But IRS Provides Helpful Guidance

by Dickinson Wright on

The Internal Revenue Service has increased its level of scrutiny on the limitations imposed on participant loans from defined contribution retirement plans. Internal Revenue Code Section 72(p) generally limits a participant’s...more

New Bill Could Add Safe Harbor To Definition Of Employee

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the employee benefits world, a lot can hang on an individual’s classification as an employee. Whether someone is a leased employee, an independent contractor, or a member of the rank and file can have a dramatic impact on...more

Federal Tax Treatment of Employer-Provided Identity Protection Services

In the wake of several recent high-profile security breaches, employers are increasingly viewing identity theft protection as an essential employee benefit for employees. According to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 voluntary...more

City of Houston’s Provision of Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses of City Employees Intact Pending Further Judicial Review

by Locke Lord LLP on

A 2013 change in the City of Houston’s employee benefits policy to extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of City employees, intended to align the City’s policy with what its legal counsel determined was a federal...more

Washington Enacts Statewide Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On July 5, 2017, Washington became the latest state to enact a paid family and medical leave law, with benefits to go into effect beginning on January 1, 2020....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With politics swirling around in the background, the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger is still up in the air, with DOJ antitrust officials still working away (8 months after the deal was announced) to determine whether...more

Pension Alert - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells pension group is delighted to send you our July e-newsletter. In this newsletter you will find: - Three pension news articles, with comment and action points; - Links to our pension news updates; - A...more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): action plan for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply directly in the UK from 25 May 2018, and will make some fundamental changes to the current requirements surrounding data protection. Key areas of change...more

Personal data security for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

Cybersecurity and protection of personal data are increasingly to the forefront of concerns for pension trustees. The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), applicable in the UK from 2018, will impose additional...more

Texas Supreme Court Disputes Reach of Obergefell in Employee Benefits Case

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, did not dispositively address how far government employers must go in providing benefits...more

An Update On The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The DOL’s much anticipated (or maligned depending on the audience) Fiduciary Rule expands the definition of what constitutes investment advice under ERISA and thereby increases the number and types of retirement plan service...more

Chipping Away - Does the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Continue to Be on the Chopping Block?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2017 a Request for Information (the “RFI”) regarding the final regulation defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a...more

Tribal Tax Parity Legislation Gains Ground in Congress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the past month, members of Congress have introduced two important bills that promote parity for tribal governments and their tribal council members. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal...more

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