Employee Retirement Income Security Act

Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.... more +
Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.  ERISA requires plans to provide information to participants, establishes a grievance process,  and allows participants to sue for benefits or breach of fiduciary duties.  less -
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DOL’s New Disability Claim Rules Add to a Plan Administrator’s Duties under Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

Now, faced with an aging baby-boomer generation and increased costs related to disability litigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (DOL) has proposed new rules that would revise and...more

DOL slightly opens the door for Open MEPs

I was always a fan of “open” multiple employer plans (MEPs) because it allowed smaller companies to get better pricing on plan expenses and choice of investments and providers by aggregating with smaller, similar plans....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2015

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at how the lower courts have been dealing with claims for retiree health benefits after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, 135 S. Ct. 926...more

Second Circuit Reminds Healthcare Providers to Seek Relief from Insurance Companies Under Their Own Contracts, Not the Insureds’...

In Rojas v. Cigna Health and Life Ins. Co., 793 F.3d 253, 258 (2d Cir. 2015), the Second Circuit joined several other circuits in holding that “healthcare providers are not ‘beneficiaries’ of an ERISA welfare plan by virtue...more

Be On The Lookout: New Proposed Claims Procedures For ERISA-Governed Disability Benefits Are Coming

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announced plans to publish, on November 18, 2015, new proposed claims procedures for handling ERISA-governed disability benefits. ...more

DOL Tightens Disability Claim Processing Rules

“Isn’t this an ACA blog?” Yes, it is. “So, why are you writing about disability plan administration?” Because they said so. The preamble to the proposed rules explains – Inasmuch as disability and lost earnings can be sources...more

Labor Department Provides Guidance on ERISA Coverage of State-Run Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employers

In recent years, a number of states have explored the idea of establishing state-run retirement plans for private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The preemption concerns under...more

Group Life Insurance Claims by a Teacher’s Beneficiary Are Subject to ERISA Preemption: Woods v. American United Life Insurance...

On ERISA preemption grounds, a federal court has ruled against state law claims asserted by the beneficiary of a former school teacher who sought benefits from a group life insurance policy. Woods v. American United Life...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 4

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 7, Issue 4), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

“Socially Responsible” Investing Under ERISA: New DOL Guidance

Fiduciary concerns may have prevented plan committees from considering “economically targeted investments” (ETI) – such as investments that observe environmental, social or governance responsibility (ESG) standards – as...more

Federal Court Determines that Employer Use of Employee Health Insurance Premium Payments Breach of ERISA Fiduciary Duties

On November 9, 2015, Minnesota Federal District Judge Susan Richard Nelson ruled that the president and CEO of Faribault Woolen Mills Company breached his fiduciary duties under ERISA by diverting Employee health insurance...more

ERISA: Medical Providers Lack Standing For Reimbursement — Anti-Assignment Provisions Enforceable

You know that patients typically assign rights under a health insurance plan to the provider of medical services. This is accomplished by signing an assignment form upon intake/admission. Then, the healthcare provider sends...more

Manufacturing a Troubling Future Part Two:  Recent Decision

This is the second of two posts regarding the “troubling” state of multi-employer pension plans. My October post provided an overview of the recently published Teamsters’ Central States Pension “Rescue Plan” and discussed...more

Sixth Circuit Clarifies Prior Reversal Of An Order That Had Vacated Arbitration Award As A Manifest Disregard Of The Law

After an arbitrator ruled that indemnification agreements between an acquiring company and certain former directors and trustees of employee stock ownership plans, were void under ERISA, the district court vacated the...more

Department of Labor Clarifies ERISA Fiduciary Requirements With Respect to Economically Targeted Investments and Environmental,...

Last month, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) issued an Interpretive Bulletin 2015-011 (the “Bulletin”) clarifying the extent to which the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) permits fiduciaries...more

Communication is everything

I get along with people for the most part because I make the effort. It’s also a lot easier to function in the retirement plan business when you have more friends than enemies. Unfortunately, there has been a number of...more

Alert: Climate Change and Pension Fund Investments

On October 22 the US Department of Labor ("DOL") issued Interpretive Bulletin 2015-01 (published in the Federal Register on October 26 and effective on that date) setting forth its supplemental views concerning the legal...more

New Year, New Required Transit Perk for NYC Employees

New York City’s Affordable Transit Act (Local Law 53) (the “Act”) will take effect on January 1, 2016. The Act requires employers in New York City with 20 or more full-time employees to provide pre-tax transit benefits to...more

ELL SCOTUS Series # 4 – Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan

In the fourth installment of articles looking at the employment law cases being heard by the US Supreme Court this fall term, Montanile addresses issues near and dear to every employer’s heart – ERISA plans and the...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Economically Targeted Investments

The guidance clarifies that environmental, social, and governance factors may be relevant to a plan fiduciary’s evaluation of an investment’s economic merits. The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently published an...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Fall 2015

Message from ERIC President and CEO Annette Guarisco Fildes: Welcome to the Fall edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm of Epstein Becker &...more

New FAQs on Preventive Services, Wellness Program Rewards and Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment: McGuireWoods Healthcare...

This is the 54th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

November and December 2015 Filing and Notice Deadlines for Qualified Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

Employers and plan sponsors must comply with numerous filing and notice deadlines for their retirement and health and welfare plans. Failure to comply with these deadlines can result in costly penalties. To avoid such...more

Gaming the System? ERISA Interference Lawsuit Targets ACA-Driven Reduction of Hours Strategy

In a case believed to be the first of its kind, a recent class action claim has accused an employer of reducing hours of employees to avoid having to provide health coverage as required under the Patient Protection and...more

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation: Do You Need to Send an Annual Notice to Plan Participants?

Plan sponsors of defined contribution qualified plans may need to issue one or more annual notices to participants before the end of each plan year. Failure to issue a required annual notice can have significant consequences....more

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