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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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Finds that Retirement Plans Sponsored by Religious Hospitals Are Exempt from ERISA

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that retirement plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations, such as hospitals, are exempt from ERISA. ERISA’s “church plan exemption” provides that a retirement plan that is...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Extends the "Church Plan" ERISA Exemption to Plans Originally Established by Non-Church Affiliates

by Clark Hill PLC on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an 8-0 decision (with new Justice Gorsuch not participating as this case was argued and decided prior to his joining the Court) holding that qualified retirement plans maintained...more

The United States Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hospitals on “Church Plan” ERISA Exemption

The United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of religiously-affiliated hospitals and healthcare organizations in holding that a pension plan need not be established by a church in order to qualify for ERISA’s...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

ERISA Religious Exemption Expanded: SCOTUS Says Church Affiliation is Enough

In a sigh of relief for faith-based healthcare providers, on Monday, June 5th, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a decision authored by Justice Elena Kagan, that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s religious exemption...more

The Supreme Court’s Church Plan Decision

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court has held unanimously that a 1980 amendment to ERISA means that a pension benefit plan need not be established by a church in order to be exempt from ERISA rules, including most...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

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of May, 2017. Three More Post-Tackett Retiree Healthcare Vesting Decisions - On April 20, 2017, the U.S....more

Venezuela Anuncia Aumento del Salario Mínimo y del “Cestaticket Socialista”

by Littler on

Mediante los Decretos N° 2.832 y N° 2.833 publicados en Gaceta Oficial N° 6.296 Extraordinario, de fecha 2 de mayo de 2017, el Presidente Nicolás Maduro aumentó el salario mínimo mensual en un sesenta por ciento (60%) y...more

Venezuela Announces Increases to the Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit

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Through Decrees N° 2.832 and 2.833, published in the Official Gazette N° 6.296 on May, 2, 2017, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro increased the monthly minimum wage by 60% and the “meal benefit” calculation base to 15 tax...more

2017 Ontario Budget – Pension and Retirement Savings Issues

On April 27, 2017, the Ontario government tabled its 2017 budget (Budget), which included a number of pension and other retirement savings plans-related provisions. On that same day, the government introduced Bill 127, An Act...more

Changes to the Canada Pension Plan: a field guide for Ontario employers

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Are you an employer who is uncertain about what you should be doing to prepare for the changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)?  This guide will help you....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

Are Employers Required to Make Contributions to Union Pension Fund for “Bonus” Payments?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Hammering Nails Construction has a CBA (collective bargaining agreement) with Local 1 of the United Brotherhood of Widgetmakers (“Union”). After a pension fund audit, Hammering Nails received a letter claiming it owed...more

Pension Alerter - April 2017

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PENSION SCHEME INVESTMENT - New investment could have faced trustees with unlimited liability - Our investment funds team recently identified some highly detrimental terms, including potential unlimited liability,...more

The new pensions advice allowance: implications for trustees

by Hogan Lovells on

As announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement, pension schemes may (but will not be required to) allow members to withdraw up to £500 from their defined contribution (DC) pension pots to pay for financial advice about retirement....more

Charges and governance requirements for Defined Contribution pensions

by Hogan Lovells on

This note sets out the areas in which restrictions on charges and governance requirements apply to trustees or managers of occupational money purchase schemes. These requirements have been introduced over the last two years...more

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