Employee Retirement Income Security Act Compliance

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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2014 Proskauer Hedge Funds and Other Private Funds Annual Review

This year we saw a flurry of regulatory activity targeting investment advisers and hedge funds, private equity funds and other private funds (collectively, private funds). The following annual review is a summary of some of...more

Watch For A New Wave Of ERISA Stock Drop Cases

Plan fiduciaries may create a fiduciary duty in stock drop cases by incorporating filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission into the Summary Plan Description. We have been waiting for the Ninth Circuit to...more

Client Bulletin: Money Market Reform - November 2014: What ERISA Service Providers Should Know About Money Market Reform

Most U.S. money market funds will begin restructuring their operations beginning in 2014 and throughout 2015 and 2016 as a result of the SEC’s adoption of wide ranging changes to the rules regulating these funds. Since many...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014

Editor’s Note: Spotlight on the Federal Reserve and CSBS 2014 Community Banking Report. On September 24 the Federal Reserve and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced the release of their report,...more

Legal Alert: It’s Time to Review Benefit Denial Letters

On August 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided in Moyer that the contractual time limits governing the period during which a participant must initiate judicial review of a benefits denial must be...more

New Guidance on Locating Missing Participants for Terminated Defined Contribution Plans

On August 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) provided new guidance to plan fiduciaries of terminated defined contribution plans for locating missing and unresponsive participants in order to distribute their...more

Key Take-Aways from the "Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers" Presentation

As a follow up to the April 29, 2014 audiocast presented by lawyers from the California HR team on the “Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers,” the presenters have shared their most important “take-away”...more

View From McDermott: What Private Equity and Hedge Funds (and Their Benefit Plan Investors) Should Know About ERISA

ERISA imposes numerous obligations on fiduciaries holding assets of employee benefit plans. In addition to discharging its duties prudently and for the exclusive purpose of providing benefits to benefit plan participants and...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 31: ERISA Section 510 and Limiting Employee Hours

In last week’s post, we examined the appropriateness of capping the annual hours of new “variable hour employees” as a way to limit exposure under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules. (These rules...more

Investment Advisers to Plans May Be Required to Deliver "Disclosure Guide" Under ERISA

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (the DOL) issued a proposed amendment (the Proposed Amendment) to its final regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 408(b)(2) of ERISA (commonly referred to as the...more

SEC and DOL Reach $21 Million Settlement with Adviser Over Alleged Failure to Disclose and Correct Trading Errors and Improper...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and Department of Labor (“DOL”) reached settlements with Western Asset Management (the “Adviser”), a registered investment adviser and subsidiary of Legg Mason Inc., under...more

Employee Handbooks (1971 – 2014): R.I.P.

It is time to inter handbooks. Yours is undoubtedly an unfair labor practice waiting to happen: if not your social media policy, then your at-will disclaimer; if not those, then your off-duty access rule or your arbitration...more

Improve Compliance Of Retirement And Group Health Plans In 2014

Retirement plan fiduciaries should consider the following best practices to improve their plan’s governance in 2014: (i) if fiduciary duties have been delegated, make certain that the delegations are in writing and are being...more

Client is contacted by IRS or DOL, have them be courteous and call an ERISA attorney

When you get pulled over by the police while driving, the best way to handle is to be pleasant and not be argumentative. You listen to the officer as to why he pulled over. Being belligerent and non-cooperative will only lead...more

Not Everything in Health Reform is Delayed: Employers Must Send Notices to Employees by October 1

By October 1, 2013, employers must notify their current employees, in writing, about their health insurance options under the new Health Exchanges in 2014. The notice requirement applies to all employers subject to the...more

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate Delayed; DOMA Struck Down - What Now For Employers?

Health Care Reform Employer Mandate and Reporting Provisions Delayed until 2015 - The U.S. Department of the Treasury unexpectedly announced on July 2, 2013 the delay of the employer shared responsibility ‘pay or play’...more

Current Fiduciary & ERISA Issues in Qualified Plans

Topics we will cover: • Introduction • Issues with Control Groups • Issues with Prohibited Transactions • Fee Disclosure - Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group? • Aggregation Rules (Section...more

Health Reform… HIPAA… So Many Rules, What’s an Employer to Do? (Between Now and January 2014… A Lot!) - Increasing Compliance...

Employers face increasing compliance obligations over the coming year under various federal laws, including the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), commonly known as the health reform law, and the privacy and security provisions of...more

2013 Mutual Funds and Investment Management Conference

In this presentation: - General Counsel’s Address - Keynote Address - General Session — It’s a Small World After All: How Non-U.S. Regulators Affect Your Business - General Session — Closer to...more

Retirement Plan Sponsors Have More to Fear Than Fear Itself

In his inaugural address in 1933 amidst the Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that the only thing we had to fear was “fear itself”. 1933 predates ERISA by 40+ years, so FDR clearly didn’t understand the dilemmas of...more

New Rules Coming into Effect Affect Retirement Plans Entering into Swaps

New rules affecting ERISA-covered retirement plans entering into swap transactions will come into effect in May 2013. These rules, known as the “Business Conduct Standards,” implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank...more

EBSA Updates Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program

On January 28, 2013, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), announced updates to its Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance (DFVC) Program. ...more

Deadlines Approaching for Fee Disclosures under ERISA, and DOL Issues Guidance on Participant-Level Fee Disclosures

Pursuant to the DOL’s disclosure regulations issued under ERISA section 408(b)(2), employers sponsoring ERISA benefit plans should be receiving fee disclosures from the plans’ covered service providers regarding the service...more

Important Deadlines for ERISA Plans to Receive and Report Information on Fees, Expenses

Coming up this summer are a number of reporting and disclosure deadlines under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) that deal with fees and expenses paid by plans that are subject to ERISA. Service...more

Department of Labor Extends Deadlines for Fiduciary and Participant Level Disclosures

On July 13, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance delaying the effective date of the new fiduciary-level disclosure rules required by interim final regulations (the “408(b)(2) Interim Final...more

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