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Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Supreme Court Extends Equal Pension Rights for Same-Sex Partners

by Reed Smith on

As you may have already read in the press, the Supreme Court ruled on 12 July 2017 that where a member of a defined benefit occupational pension scheme is in a civil partnership or same-sex marriage, their partner is entitled...more

Supreme Court widens rights for same-sex couples

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases on the issue of whether new legislation has retrospective effect on pension rights. One case covers same-sex couples. The other case looks at part-timers. The Court ruled that the...more

Pension Alert - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Hogan Lovells pension group is delighted to send you our July e-newsletter. In this newsletter you will find: - Three pension news articles, with comment and action points; - Links to our pension news updates; - A...more

Illinois Has a Budget But Schools Are Not Yet Out of the Woods

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois House voted last week to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the budget bill, income tax increase, and the budget implementation bill. The House vote came on the heels of the Illinois Senate’s override vote on...more

Tribal Tax Parity Legislation Gains Ground in Congress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the past month, members of Congress have introduced two important bills that promote parity for tribal governments and their tribal council members. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal...more

GMP Round-Up: Where Are We Now?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) rights present a variety of issues for schemes with any history of contracting-out of UK state pension arrangements. This briefing provides an update on the latest developments in a number of...more

Alert: Ontario Sets out Transitional Measures, Provides Solvency Relief

As mentioned in our May 2017 Blakes Alert: Ontario Government Announces New Funding Framework for Defined Benefit Pension Plans, the Ontario government had promised that transitional measures would be available to plan...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

A New Obligation Imposed on Employers Contributing to Multiemployer Plans

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Lawyers with clients that deal with multiemployer plans thought we knew what plans could require withdrawing employers to pay. After all, the employer’s potential liability – commonly known as “withdrawal liability” – is...more

Joint DB and DC trustee agenda update: current legal issues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees responsible for DB and DC pension arrangements, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: - AC38945 - Shook v. Bartholomew - AC38945 - Shook v. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc. Defendants could not appeal plaintiff’s verdict in this motor vehicle accident...more

A quick guide to asset protection for pension schemes

by Allen & Overy LLP on

What protection is available for pension scheme assets in the event of provider failure such as negligence, fraud or insolvency, or the failure of the other parties involved in an investment? This question is particularly...more

Authorisation of master trusts - Problems ahead for non-associated multi-employer (NAME) schemes?

by Hogan Lovells on

The Pensions Schemes Act 2017 was passed on 27 April 2017 and, as expected, makes provision for the authorisation of master trusts. Many details of the new requirements and procedures will be set out in regulations. The...more

Pensions Round-Up - May 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of DLA Piper’s monthly newsletter – Pensions Round-Up – in which we provide an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key...more

Costa Rica: IVM Contributions to Increase as of July 1, 2017

by Littler on

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Department of Social Security (this agency is also known as “CCSS”, for its acronym in Spanish) increased the pension contributions first by .5% effective July 1, 2017, and by an...more

Macron Delivers on Promise to Prioritize Agenda for French Employment Law Changes

When Emmanuel Macron was campaigning, he said that if elected, he would revise French employment laws. It looks like President Macron will act on his promise....more

Supreme Court Clarifies “Church Plan” Definition for ERISA Exemption Purposes

by Saul Ewing LLP on

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton implicates the benefit plans maintained by nonprofit entities affiliated with a church or religious organization, including many hospitals and...more

Supreme Court Decision Offers Some Relief to Church-Affiliated Nonprofits Using ERISA Church Plan Exemption

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton serves as a reminder to church-affiliated hospitals and other organizations using the ERISA church plan exemption to review the...more

ERISA: New Questions for Church-Affiliated Organizations After The Supreme Court Expands ERISA Church-Plan Exemption

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the scope of ERISA’s church-plan exemption in the case of Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, — S. Ct. –, 2017 WL 2407476 (2017). The unanimous decision adopted a broad...more

Church Plans Rejoice: The Supreme Court has Spoken

by Locke Lord LLP on

Over 30 lawsuits have been filed over the past several years alleging that defined benefit plans maintained by religiously-affiliated hospital systems are not entitled to church plan status under the Employee Retirement...more

Employee Benefit Plans For Principal-Purpose Organizations Need Not Be Established By A Church To Be Exempt From ERISA

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In a ruling that could have cost nonprofit religious-affiliated employers millions of dollars in compliance and other costs had it gone the other way, on June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a unanimous opinion...more

SCOTUS Church Plan Ruling Ends the Battle But Not the War: What Church-Affiliated Church Plan Sponsors Need to Know and Do Now

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by certain church-affiliated organizations do not have to be established by a church to be considered a “church plan,” which is exempt...more

Corporate Insurance Newsletter – May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hogan Lovells’ Corporate Insurance Newsletter for May has been published. This provides a round-up of UK, EU and international regulatory developments relevant to UK based insurance market participants. In this issue,...more

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