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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 -

ERISA: Discovery of Claims Procedures to Assess Compliance with DOL Regulations? Not So Fast.

You know that failing to follow Department of Labor (DOL) claims regulations can result in the court using the de novo review standard, rather than the abuse of discretion standard in reviewing claim decisions....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 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

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

One From The Heart

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Dark Knight Rises is one of my favorite movies and one great scene at the end is when Catwoman tells Batman: “You don’t owe these people anymore. You’ve given them everything” and Batman says: “Not everything. Not...more

If it bleeds, it leads. If it’s thrown out, forget about it.

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I serve as the attorney for a registered investment advisor out on Long Island and they forwarded me an email from a plan sponsor regarding a news article from last year of a potential class action lawsuit against a...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

Time to Prepare for the End of the Year - Part One

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The end of the year is rapidly approaching! To avoid costly penalties that can arise from inadvertent errors in the year-end rush, plan sponsors should begin talking with their service providers now about what must be done by...more

ERISA § 502(c)(1) Claim for Statutory Penalties is Barred by One-Year Statute of Limitations, Second Circuit Holds

Deciding an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that a plaintiff’s claim under ERISA § 502(c)(1) was barred by Connecticut’s one-year statute of limitations for an action...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

Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey: What Kind of Relief May Employers Offer to Affected Employees? What About Hurricane...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers with employees and operations impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are asking what type of compensation, employee benefits, and tax relief may be available to them and their affected employees. There are...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 Signals Changes to Fiduciary Rule; SEC Commissioner Calls Rule “Misguided”

The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed an extension of the transition period of its Fiduciary Rule from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. At the same time, the DOL signaled that significant changes will be made to the...more

Ohio Federal Court Finds Insurance Agents are Employees and Not Independent Contractors

by Locke Lord LLP on

In an action filed by insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio found the agents were employees who could pursue pension and...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make. Learn from the mistakes of others. Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made...more

The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for...

By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its new “investment...more

DOL Proposes 18-Month Fiduciary Rule Delay; Issues New Guidance

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced additional delays to major aspects of its fiduciary rule by proposing to extend certain transition period deadlines and applicability dates by 18 months. If finalized, full...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

Recent Plan Fiduciary Victories in ERISA Single-Stock Fund Litigation

by Morgan Lewis on

Even with these victories, continuing risks remain for plan fiduciaries. Over the last few months, there have been a significant number of court decisions ruling against plaintiffs alleging ERISA breach of fiduciary claims...more

Exporting ERISA After Walter Canada

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Latham & Watkins partners Bradd Williamson and Mitchell Seider discuss the recent Canadian court decision that dismisses ERISA controlled group claims and its potential impact on lenders and other creditors in restructuring...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

DOL Announces New Enforcement Policy on BIC Arbitration Limitation Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In order for fiduciaries to receive compensation that varies based on their investment advice (e.g., commissions) or from third parties in connection with their advice (e.g., revenue sharing), they must comply with a...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

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