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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 -

DOL Fiduciary Rule Status Update for Fraternal Benefit Societies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In papers filed as part of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that they are considering a further delay of the effective date for full implementation...more

Voluntary Benefits: Time For An ERISA Checkup

by Burr & Forman on

Multiple benefit consultants report that participation by employees in voluntary benefits is on the rise, in part due to increases in cost sharing under group major medical plans as a result of healthcare reform. Both...more

Connecticut gets it right for Non-ERISA 403(b) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

One of the things that most people forget about fee disclosure as it pertains to retirement plans is that it’s only applicable to ERISA based retirement plans. So non-ERISA 403(b) plans have no fee disclosure requirements and...more

DOL Seeks to Extend Transition Period under the Fiduciary Rule

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has filed a proposal with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay implementation of the following exemptions under the fiduciary rule from January 1, 2018 to July 1,...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Settlement Approval in ERISA Class Action, Remanding With Instructions to Reexamine the Legitimacy of...

by Carlton Fields on

The Fifth Circuit recently vacated a class action settlement that included unsecured and uncollateralized future payments to the plaintiffs, while providing a swift and complete payout of fees to class counsel. The case...more

Insurance Agents as Employees? Court Breaks Independent Contractor Precedent

On August 1, 2017, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that insurance agents working under independent contractor agreements with an insurer were employees for purposes of pursuing pension and other...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

by Carlton Fields on

MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

Checklist for Strengthening Your Defenses to 401k 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

New Disability Regulations: Wait-and-See or Move Forward?

On December 19, 2016, the DOL issued final regulations modifying the claims procedures for adverse determinations relating to disability claims under ERISA. Most of the changes mirror the additional disclosure requirements...more

Plotting A Course To Defeat Claims Of Insurer Bias

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a strong decision for insurers, the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the administrator, rejected plaintiff’s conflict of interest argument, and found that it was not arbitrary for the...more

Disability Claims Procedures Should be Updated for New Regulations

As open enrollment approaches for many benefit plans, employers and plans sponsors should check to make sure their claims procedures for disability claims are consistent with regulations that become effective for plan years...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of July, 2017. Class Action Plaintiffs Target University 403(b) Plans - In June, an ERISA action – a proposed...more

Bonus can cost you more than one way

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I first started working as an ERISA attorney in September 1998, I was pleasantly surprised when my boss Harvey Berman gave me a $300 bonus that December for the Holidays. That was the last bonus I ever got as an...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Summer edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. With a new Administration and executive branch, we are already...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Limits to ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 27, 2017, the then 8 Supreme Court Justices heard oral arguments for three consolidated cases regarding the outer bounds of the “church plan” exception under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation - Q&A on IRA Transactions

by Carlton Fields on

Previously, I wrote about potential litigation under the Department of Labor’s then proposed fiduciary rule (see Expect Focus, Vol. II, 2015). I predicted the following as to sales of index annuities to IRAs if the rule was...more

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

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

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

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

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

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of June, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case....more

Debt Dialogue: June 2017 - Supreme Court Holds Church-Affiliated Organizations Exempt From ERISA: A Prescription for the Ailing...

On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court rendered an important decision that will impact restructurings — particularly health care provider restructurings — going forward. The Supreme Court reversed the Third, Seventh...more

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