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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 -

Will The Fiduciary Rule Live on Even if it is Repealed?

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule was supposed to be implemented on April 10, 2017. That date was pushed back to June 9 so that it could be reassessed, and possibly modified or even repealed. The rule as it stands...more

Senate Votes to Revoke Department of Labor Guidance on State-Run Retirement Plans for Private Sector Employees

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In yet another move to roll-back regulatory guidance issued during the Obama administration, earlier this month the U.S. Senate voted to revoke a final rule and associated interpretive guidance that the Department of Labor...more

Back to Basics – Costly Consequences of Ignoring Process in Benefits Administration

The stories of an employer and a long-term disability insurer and claims fiduciary for an ERISA plan, defendants in two recent cases, ring so true. In the first case, the insurer was designated as claims fiduciary for an...more

Grounding Deferential Review in California – No Preemption for Discretionary Clause Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision with wide ranging implications, the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a discretionary clause in an employer drafted plan document is subject to, and invalidated by, California’s insurance...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Action Required Before Year-End: Disability Plans Claims And Appeals Procedures

by Fraser Trebilcock on

Employers who sponsor disability plans have work to do with respect to their claims and appeals procedures prior to year-end. Final regulations were recently released by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) revising the existing...more

Eighth Circuit Jimmies The Lid On Pandora’s Box

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an opinion that may result in increasingly complex ERISA benefits litigation, the Eighth Circuit has allowed a breach of fiduciary duty claim premised on alleged faulty claims handling practices to...more

DOL's Fiduciary Rule Delay an Excellent Opportunity to Negotiate Stronger Indemnities

The DOL's fiduciary rule has been delayed. This delay, and the confusion swirling around if and when the DOL fiduciary rule will become applicable, is giving plan sponsors a window of time to renegotiate their contractual...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Deadline to Provide QSEHRA Notice Suspended - IRS Notice 2017-20 - Citing the lack of published guidance, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) suspended the employer advance notice requirement for qualified small...more

Fiduciary Rule Delayed 60 Days - DOL delays application of Fiduciary rule. ERISA plan fiduciaries and service providers struggle...

On April 7, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule delaying the applicability date of the “Fiduciary” rule and certain “Prohibited Transaction Exemption” rules (the Rules) for 60 days from April 10, 2017...more

Fifth Circuit: Discretionary Ban Does Not Mandate De Novo Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In Ariana M. v. Humana Health Plan of Texas, Inc., No. 16-20174 (5th Cir. Apr. 21, 2017), the Firth Circuit concluded that Texas’ ban on discretionary clauses in certain insurance policies did not require a de novo review of...more

Company Liable for Not Providing Accurate Information about Benefits

by Dickinson Wright on

A recent court case, Erwood vs Life Insurance Company of North America, is a reminder that plan sponsors must understand the terms of their welfare and retirement benefit plans, and ensure that their staff follows the...more

Employer Liable for Failing to Provide Life Insurance Conversion Information to Disabled Employee

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania serves as a reminder that an employer may incur significant financial liability for failing to timely provide life insurance...more

The First Dinosaur Has Died

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York Teamsters Road Carriers Local 707 Pension Fund (the “Local 707 Pension Fund”) is dead, reportedly having run out of money in early March 2017. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”) the federal...more

DOL Continues Investigating Defined Benefit Plans Regarding Procedures for Locating Participants and Paying Benefits at Mandatory...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) publicized last year its stepped up enforcement efforts inquiring about procedures used by larger defined benefit plans for locating, and then beginning payment of benefits to, terminated...more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: On the Road to More Change?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The latest chapter in the 6-1/2 year history of the Department of Labor (DOL) final Fiduciary Rule is a 60-day delay of part of the final regulations, and a delay until January 1, 2018 for certain disclosures and other...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Delaying Fiduciary Rule until June 9, 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As ordered by President Trump in a presidential memorandum on February 3, 2017, (Memorandum), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay to its conflict of interest rule (commonly referred to as the “fiduciary...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Officially Delayed

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule extending by 60 days the applicability date of the final “fiduciary” regulation published a year ago (known colloquially as the “Fiduciary Rule”)....more

Update on the Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rules and Subsequent Challenges

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a new final rule and exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

Ninth Circuit: Medical Providers Lack ERISA Standing

The Ninth Circuit affirmed two district court decisions that concluded medical providers were not “beneficiaries” under Section 502(a) of ERISA and therefore lacked standing to bring an ERISA claim...more

Class Notice Online Works Just Fine

by Carlton Fields on

In a case involving alleged violations of ERISA and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, the District Court of the Western District of Kentucky certified a class of Anthem Health Plan insureds who were denied...more

Labor Delays Fiduciary Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Department of Labor yesterday adopted a rule delaying the April 10 effective date of its “Fiduciary Rule” for 60 days. The delay gives Labor time to complete the re-study mandated by Trump’s February executive order....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Trouble at the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia, where president Jeffrey Lacker abruptly resigned yesterday after disclosing that he had broken Fed rules in 2012 by relaying private deliberations to a financial analyst and...more

Client Alert: DOL’s Final Rule on Fiduciary Investment Advice—Overview and Considerations for Plan Sponsors

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On April 8, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule replacing its 1975 regulation defining fiduciary investment advice. The final rule, titled “Definition of the Term ‘Fiduciary’; Conflict of Interest...more

Health Care Providers Should Review Assignment of Benefit Forms After 9th Cir. Decision

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A federal appeals court recently brushed aside the claims of several health care providers, in large part because of the language in the assignment forms signed by their patients. The opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals...more

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