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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

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

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

Supreme Court Rules That Church-Affiliated Hospitals Fall Within ERISA’s Church Plan Exemption

On June 5, a unanimous US Supreme Court reversed decisions of the US Courts of Appeal for the Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, holding that a church-affiliated organization that establishes an employee benefits plan falls...more

Supreme Court clarifies definition of ‘church plan’ under ERISA

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Supreme Court on June 5, 2017, unanimously held that a benefits plan administered by an entity that is associated with a church and has as its principal purpose the administration or funding of that plan is a “church...more

Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee...more

Pension May be Collapsed in the Face of an Admitted Fraud

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In the recent decision of Alberta Motor Association v. Gladden, 2017 ABQB 174, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench clarified the limits to which employer-sponsored pension benefits will be immunized from enforcement...more

CASE ALERT: 8th Circuit Rules Against Anheuser-Busch Plan Finding That ERISA-Plan Language Must Be Interpreted According to its...

by Kiesewetter Law Firm on

Case: Knowlton, et al. v. Anheuser-Busch Companies Pension Plan — Eighth Circuit Issue Presented: Whether a plan administrator’s interpretation of ERISA-subject plan language that resulted in a denial of pension...more

PBGC Sticks Its Head Out Of The Water And Issues RFI Regarding Hybrid (Two-Pool) Multiemployer Pension Plans

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The PBGC is seeking more information on hybrid or two-pool withdrawal liability calculation methods. This is a sign that the PBGC may be re-evaluating its role in approving hybrid proposals, although it...more

Court of Appeal Rejects Another Post-PEPRA Challenge

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 20, 2016, the California Court of Appeal struck another blow to a legal challenge brought against an employer who changed its pension policies in the wake of the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013...more

Pensions Round-Up: September 2016 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

In this edition we look at key developments from September 2016, including the following: The announcement of the Levy Estimate for 2017/18 and the publication of the consultation in relation to the levy rules; and a...more

"Employment Flash - August 2016"

The August 2016 edition of Employment Flash covers a number of developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on when the clock starts ticking on the filing period for constructive discharge claims; the Department of...more

Private Investment Fund Managers and Other Investment Advisers May Be Affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary...

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated final rule addressing when a person is considered to be a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the...more

Pensions Round-Up: June 2016 (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 2016 including...more

Important Information for 2015 Form 5500 Reporting: Pension Benefit Plans and Funded Welfare Benefit Plans

by Winstead PC on

As you may know, there have been several new items added to the 2015 Form 5500 series. Specifically, these are: - ..Preparer Information at the bottom of page 1 of Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF ..Schedule H, Lines...more

An Update on the ORPP for Employers

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 16, 2016, the Ontario Finance Minister announced a one-year delay in the launch of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), in order to allow time for the federal government and the provinces to discuss...more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - January 2016 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at...more

How will the ORPP Impact Alberta-based Employers with Employees Working in Ontario?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Beginning in 2017, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) will be phased in over a period of four years and will require eligible Ontario employees without a comparable workplace pension plan to be covered by the ORPP. ...more

Employee Benefits Provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

by Blank Rome LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act includes the following important employee-benefit related provisions: - It repeals the automatic enrollment mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, employers with more than 200...more

Are you giving the correct pension increases?

by Dentons on

Pension increases in defined benefit schemes have become increasingly complex and contentious, not least because of the significant funding costs they involve. The recent decision in Dutton v. FDR Limited [2015] EWHC 2946...more

Alert: Final FSCO Guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance Factors Released

On October 21, 2015, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) released its investment guidance note on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors (Guidance Note) in final form. A draft version of the...more

Employee Benefits: IRS Announces 2016 Pension and Related Limitations (10/15)

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the dollar limitations for pension plans and other items beginning January 1, 2016. Some of the limits, which are mostly unchanged from 2015, are listed below....more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - September 2015

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at...more

Pensions Alert: Survivors' Benefits: Court of Appeal Judgment

by DLA Piper on

The Court of Appeal issued a judgment this week in a case concerning the provision of survivors' benefits to civil partners and same sex spouses by occupational pension schemes. In this Pensions Alert we report on the Court's...more

Scheme funding: The Pensions Regulator is always watching

by Dentons on

The seemingly Sisyphean task of paying off the defined benefit pension schemes' funding deficits grinds on. The scheme-specific funding regime provides for trustees and employers to agree a recovery plan to clear any deficit...more

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