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Venezuela Anuncia Aumento del Salario Mínimo y del "Cestaticket Socialista"

by Littler on

Mediante los Decretos N° 3.068 y N° 3.069 publicados en Gaceta Oficial N° 41,231, de fecha 7 de Septiembre de 2017, el Presidente Nicolás Maduro aumentó el salario mínimo mensual en un cuarenta por ciento (40%) y ajusta la...more

Venezuela Announces Increases to the Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit

by Littler on

Through Decrees N° 3.068 and 3.069, published in the Official Gazette N° 41.231 on September 7, 2017, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro increased the monthly minimum wage by 40% and "the meal benefit” calculation base to...more

Alberta Extends Deadline to File Actuarial Valuation Reports

On September 11, 2017, the Alberta Treasury Board and Finance announced that the Superintendent of Pensions has extended the deadline to file actuarial valuation reports prepared as at December 31, 2016, by six months, to...more

Project planning for GDPR compliance: UK pension schemes

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The General Data Protection Regulation takes effect from 25 May 2018, and will require significant planning and preparation by UK pension schemes. Although many of the basic concepts set out in the GDPR will be familiar,...more

Troubling Court Decision Sends Withdrawal Liability Warning To Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal appeals court has handed multiemployer pension plans a blank check to assess increased withdrawal liability against employers exiting a plan. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Westrock RKT...more

An Overview of Legal, Regulatory and Plan Design Considerations for States

by K&L Gates LLP on

Americans are facing a retirement crisis. The foundation for building a secure retirement — Social Security, employer-provided pensions, and personal savings — has been weakened because most private sector companies no longer...more

New anti-money laundering regulations: action for pension scheme trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

Pension scheme trustees should be aware of requirements under new money laundering regulations to record information and, in some cases, to give the information to third parties and to register the information with...more

Transfers to overseas schemes – new rules

by Hogan Lovells on

The March 2017 Budget detailed several measures in relation to overseas pension schemes. These reforms, contained in the Finance Act 2017, aim to permit tax free transfers where people have a genuine reason to move their...more

High Court Unanimously Upholds ERISA Exemption For Church-Affiliated Pension Plans

by Dickinson Wright on

Advocate Health Care Network et al v. Stapleton et al, 581 U.S. __ (2017) - In one of the recent opinions rendered by the United States Supreme Court, it was found that pension plans maintained by religiously affiliated...more

Minnesota AG Sues Lending Firms for Scamming Seniors and Veterans

by Goodwin on

On August 17, 2017, the Associated Press announced that Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing two lending firms (with the same Nevada address) for allegedly pressuring veterans and senior citizens into signing over large...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 7, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

Where is your PHI Data Traveling Today? With most vendors offering and pushing cloud computing solutions and offsite data backup, or guaranteeing offsite backup of data they process for you, many HIPAA covered entities and...more

For your DC trustee agenda: current legal issues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DC pension schemes, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next...more

Pensions in Dispute

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has ruled on two long-running disputes about the ability of an employer to change pension benefits for future service (for example by closing a scheme to future accrual and/or capping pensionable pay). The...more

Missing Pension Plan Beneficiaries and the Federal Consultation Paper on the Financial Sector Framework

The Bank of Canada currently maintains a program for holding account balances for missing individuals, which are transferred from banks and trust companies in certain circumstances. On August 11, 2017, the federal Department...more

Minnesota AG files lawsuit against pension advance companies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Minnesota Attorney General announced that she has filed a lawsuit in state court against two pension advance companies. According to the AG’s press release, the companies often solicited borrowers through their own...more

Pensions Round-Up - June/July 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from June 2017 and the first...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

Investment Funds Update: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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CSSF Statement Confirming Support of ESMA's Position on Supervisory Convergence/Regulatory Arbitrage - The CSSF published a statement confirming its support of ESMA’s position on the matter of supervisory convergence /...more

What makes a professional pension scheme trustee?

by Allen & Overy LLP on

What makes someone a professional trustee? Scheme governance requirements are increasingly heavy, and there is a growing trend to recognise the time commitment and responsibility by paying trustees – but is an individual a...more

OSFI Issues Draft Guideline for Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans

On July 31, 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published for comment a new draft guideline, titled: Derivatives Sound Practices for Federally Regulated Private Pension Plans (Draft...more

Rehabilitation for residential use in Lisbon’17: supply and legal regimes for foreigners

by DLA Piper on

Portugal currently offers two attractive legal/tax regimes for foreigners who wish to buy a property in the country and live here. Get to know them. Tax regime for non-habitual residents - What is the Non-Habitual...more

The Malta Pension Plan – A Supercharged, Cross-Border Roth IRA

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In the cross border setting, two of the principal goals in international tax planning are (i) deferral of income earned offshore and (ii) the tax efficient repatriation of foreign profits at low or zero tax rates in the...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

For your DC trustee agenda: current legal issues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DC pension schemes, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next...more

Same-sex survivors' pensions - exemption for pre-2005 service invalid

by Hogan Lovells on

The Supreme Court in Walker v Innospec Limited, overturning the Court of Appeal, has decided that the exemption for service prior to December 2005 from the requirement for occupational pension schemes to give survivors'...more

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