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Withdrawal Liability - A Concealed but Potentially Devastating Assessment

During the past several years a hidden liability has been lurking in the shadows. This hidden threat is known as withdrawal liability and is a critical issue that any employer with a unionized workforce needs to be cognizant...more

Filed Your 2013 Health and Welfare Plan 5500s? Did you Include Your M-1 Attachments?

A provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) included additional reporting requirements and greater U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversight of Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs). The DOL’s Employee...more

Why Private Equity Funds Face Employment Risks

Suddenly, the advance sheets show a wave of litigation targeting private equity funds. See, e.g., Guippone v. BH S&B Holdings LLC, 737 F3d. 221 (2d Cir. 2013) (private equity funds potentially liable for WARN Act liability);...more

Act Now Advisory: Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing

Contributions to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans have been a mainstay, legacy feature of union negotiations in many industries. But the fabric of such staples may be tearing apart as employers contemplate the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2014

Editor's Overview - This month our authors explore two important areas of ERISA's fiduciary duties applicable to single employer and multiemployer plans. First, Neal Schelberg and Aaron Feuer comment on a growing trend...more

QDROs For Unmarried Cohabitants?

Sponsors of qualified retirement plans know that, generally speaking, plan benefits cannot be taken from a participant through legal process or otherwise be assigned to anyone other than the participant. There is an exception...more

Unpaid Employer Contributions as Plan Assets: Expansion Of Liability Under ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), requires trustees of multiemployer pension and benefit funds to collect contributions required to be made by contributing employers under their...more

More Multiemployer Plan Relief – Final Rule Exempts Self-Insured/Self-Administered Plans from Transitional Reinsurance Fee in 2015...

On March 5, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Final Rule addressing, among other things, transitional reinsurance fees payable in the 2014 through 2016 benefit years. By way of background,...more

Utah Supreme Court Rejects OSHA’s Multi-Employer Citation Policy

Multi-Employer Citation Policies - One of the most controversial policies of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is its Multi-Employer Citation Policy (better known as the “MEP”). OSHA uses this...more

Relief for Multiemployer Plans (and the Employers That Love Them)

As previously reported, on Monday, February 10, 2014, the IRS released final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer “shared responsibility” provisions, also known as the “pay-or-play” mandate. While the final...more

View From McDermott: Multiemployer Union Plans Implement Aggressive Litigation Strategies to Fill $390 Billion Funding Deficit

While the funded status of single-employer corporate defined benefit pension plans has improved, the funded status of multiemployer union pension plans has remained stagnate and, in some cases, further deteriorated. The...more

Employer Wins Bankruptcy Discharge of Withdrawal Liability

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that employers may discharge multiemployer trust withdrawal liability in bankruptcy. Employers required to contribute to multi-employer pension trusts face growing withdrawal...more

Benefits Bulletin - September 2013

A Troubled Multiemployer Pension Plan Means Big Trouble For Your Company - You can hardly pick up a newspaper or business magazine today without reading about the staggering costs of defined benefit multiemployer...more

What Is A Trade Or Business And Why Does It Matter – Part 3

I blogged last year about a couple of decisions in which courts concluded that various related companies were part of a controlled group of trades or businesses and therefore liable for the withdrawal liability of one of the...more

Court Finds Private Equity Portfolio Company May Have Liability for Withdrawal by Another Portfolio Company

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently delivered a potentially far-reaching decision for the private equity industry. In a case which involved a typical private equity structure, Sun Capital Partners III, LP,...more

First Circuit Holds Private Equity Fund May Be Liable For Portfolio Company’s Pension Liability

On July 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that two private equity funds managed by Sun Capital could be liable for their portfolio company’s withdrawal liability from a multiemployer pension plan (Sun...more

First Circuit Holds Private Equity Fund Is a "Trade or Business" for Purposes of ERISA Withdrawal Liability

In a decision with far-reaching consequences for the private equity industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has adopted an expansive view of what constitutes a "trade or business" for purposes of determining...more

First Circuit Holds that Private Equity Fund May be Liable for Portfolio Company’s Multiemployer Plan Withdrawal Liability

In a decision (Sun Capital)with important implications for private equity sponsors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has concluded that a private equity fund can be held liable for ERISA liabilities incurred by...more

First Circuit Finds Private Equity Partnerships Can be Liable for Employer's Withdrawal Liability

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed a Massachusetts district court in a widely-watched case addressing whether private equity partnerships are "trades or businesses" for purposes of...more

Company Owners Can Be Personally Responsible For Contributions To Multiemployer Plans

I have blogged in the past about the reach of obligations to multiemployer plans and how other businesses owned by a participating employer can be held responsible for withdrawal liability based upon the common ownership. If...more

Monthly Benefits Update - June 2013

Defense of Marriage Act - Supreme Court Ruling on United States v. Windsor - The U. S. Supreme Court has ruled that a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. ...more

The Benefits Game - Playbook for Compliance with the Health Care Reform’s Pay or Play Rules for Employers

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly called “pay or play”) impact “large” employers and go into effect in 2014. Although effective in 2014, employers must plan NOW. Advance...more

Another Business Owner Caught By Withdrawal Liability

I have blogged before [May 16, 2012, November 21, 2012, April 23, 2012, May 15, 2012, September 5, 2012] about the liability that can be imposed on businesses whose union employees participate in a multiemployer pension plan...more

Federal court imposes personal liability for multiemployer pension plan liabilities

A recent case highlights the risk of personal liability for multiemployer and other defined benefit pension plan liabilities. Owners of closely held corporations that contribute to multiemployer or single employer defined...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2013

This month our articles focus on the availability of damages in complex ERISA class actions and withdrawal liability actions. Jackie Len first provides Proskauer's perspective on the implications for ERISA litigation arising...more

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