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The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #2 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

Last month, we wrote about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This paper continues that discussion. I emphasize to the reader that...more

The Fiduciary Rule Status Update

by Carlton Fields on

On April 8, the Department of Labor published the so-called "Fiduciary Rule." It defines who is an employee benefit plan’s "fiduciary" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal...more

Exemption To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Extended To For-Profit Entities And Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under the ACA, employers must provide plans that cover birth control and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain religious employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive...more

Supreme Court Upholds “Church Plan” Sponsorship by “Principal-Purpose Organizations”

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a much-awaited decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton in favor of church plan sponsors that are “principal-purpose organizations.” This ruling is...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

Department of Labor Proposes to Delay Implementation of Disability Claim Regulations

On October 6, 2017, the Department of Labor signed a proposed Rule “to delay for ninety (90) days – through April 1, 2018 – the applicability of the Final Rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to...more

ERISA: Can a Court Invalidate the Social Security Offset Provision Because Benefits Were “Wrongfully Denied”?

You know that most ERISA plans, and most supporting insurance policies, have provisions that allow for an offset of Social Security disability benefits. Can the court invalidate these offset provisions because of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #3 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past two months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. We continue that discussion here. As in the past,...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Arbitration Clause in Employee Handbook Requires Participant to Arbitrate Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Investment Advisor - Cooper v. Ruane Cunniff & Goldfarb Inc. (S.D.N.Y. 2017) - In a major victory for an...more

To Audit Or Not To Audit? A Good Question For Self-Funded Group Health Plans

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The rise in insurance premiums for group health plans has prompted many employers to reexamine the decision whether to fund participant health benefits with insurance or self-fund benefits and limit their claims risk by...more

TPAs, Plan Fiduciaries Should React Proactively to U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

by Polsinelli on

In light of the recent settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a health plan third-party administrator (TPA), plan fiduciaries and TPAs should re-examine, or even re-negotiate, portions of their current TPA...more

PBGC Issues Guidance on ‘Active Participant Reduction’ Reportable Events

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Sept. 15, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) issued a technical update providing interim guidance under its final rule on reportable events for defined benefit pension plans and their sponsors. This...more

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule – An Overview of the Marketing and Sales Implications for Investment Managers

by K&L Gates LLP on

According to the Investment Company Institute, at the end of the first quarter of 2017, assets in IRAs totaled approximately $8.2 trillion, assets in defined contribution plans totaled approximately $7.3 trillion, and assets...more

Spring Cleaning Comes Early: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Updating ERISA Plan Documents

The year 1974 was a watershed for employee benefits. For the first time, the federal government undertook the complicated task of providing a statutory and regulatory framework for employee benefit plans and employee pension...more

Full Implementation of Fiduciary Rules Likely To Be Extended

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In April 2016, the Department of Labor issued regulations to expand the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code as applied to those who render investment advice for a fee or other compensation with...more

Unclear Writing Creates ERISA Liability

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

An employer breached its fiduciary duty under ERISA by failing to inform benefit plan participants of the covered health insurance benefits in terms a reasonable person would understand. The employer was the plan...more

Lawsuits Are Focused on Wellness Program Compliance. Are You?

by Alston & Bird on

Wellness programs are a win-win for everybody – until administrators run afoul of ambiguous rules and regulations. Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group analyzes two recent lawsuits that could impact program...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that ERISA Preempts State Insurance Law Bans on Discretionary Clauses for Self-Funded ERISA Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently confirmed that ERISA preempts state insurance law bans on discretionary clauses for self-funded ERISA plans....more

Funds Talk: September 2017 - Fiduciary Rule Update – September 2017

The long-anticipated and often-delayed new fiduciary rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) finally went into effect on June 9, with transition relief blunting its impact until...more

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued initial employee benefit plan guidance. The...more

Significant Changes Proposed for Employee Benefit Plan Audit Reports

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Under ERISA, retirement plans and self-insured welfare plans with 100 or more participants (measured as of the beginning of the plan year) are generally required to conduct annual audits, and to include the audit reports with...more

IRS Eases Rules for Plan Loans and Hardship Distributions After Hurricane Harvey

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The IRS has released Announcement 2017-11 to provide relief to taxpayers from requirements for loans and hardship distributions for participants of qualified retirement plans who have been adversely affected by Hurricane...more

First Round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance

by Winstead PC on

No good deed goes unpunished and as soon as I hit send on the last alert on Hurricane Harvey relief, three more pieces of relief guidance relevant to employers and their employee benefit plans were released. The Internal...more

DOL to Postpone Deadline for Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor has received OMB certification, and sought expedited notice-and-comment, for a rule change that would postpone the full implementation deadline for its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 until July 1,...more

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