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CPP Agreement in Principle Reached, ORPP Will Not Proceed if Deal is Finalized

The federal government and the provinces, except for Quebec and Manitoba, have reached an agreement in principle to a Canada Pension Plan (CPP) enhancement that will be phased in over seven years beginning January 1, 2019....more

Why Should Hospitals with “Church Plans” Be Concerned Now? - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Religiously affiliated hospitals and health systems have recently come under attack by private litigants for exercising the right to remain exempt from ERISA requirements. Such hospitals and health systems should assess their...more

CPP Expansion

Retirement savings in this country has been a hot topic of late, and yesterday evening in Vancouver the federal government and (most of) the provinces announced that they have reached a deal to expand the Canada Pension Plan....more

PBGC Issues Proposed Rule on Mergers and Transfers Between Multiemployer Plans

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) recently released a proposed rule amending the agency’s regulations on mergers and transfers between multiemployer plans. The proposed rule would implement a section of the...more

Why HR Professionals Should Demand A Benefit Communications Policy

If your job description includes responsibility for communicating pensions and benefits to fellow employees, then you must already know that with each new communication comes increased potential legal liability for your...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — June 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The June edition of the Insider Report highlights recent federal...more

Is There A Difference Between Firing Because of Age vs. Salary?

Up on Fortune magazine’s column “Practically Speaking” is the following question: Frank has been with us for more than 20 years. He works in the warehouse and has done a good job for us. I like him. But, to be honest,...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2016

Agencies Issue New FAQs on the Affordable Care Act.The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the agencies) issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the implementation of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #13

Pensions guidance rules come into force - The second commencement order under the Bank of England and Financial Services Act 2016 brings into force from 13 May the provisions on pensions guidance, which extend the...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On April 29, 2016, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a 30% increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective May 1, 2016. President Maduro also announced an increase in the meal benefit, which will now be three and...more

Treasury Department Rejects Central States Pension Fund's Benefit Reduction Proposal

As we discussed in a prior alert, in September 2015 the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund submitted a proposed “rescue plan” to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury). The Central States Pension Fund is severely...more

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

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

More DB DC Plan Design Flexibility in Maximizing Benefits for Highly Compensated Employees

Given the subject matter involved, this Alert is very technical and specialized. If your company offers both an active pension plan and a 401(k) or profit sharing plan and performs the general test to satisfy the...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #23

PSR reviews competition in the payments sector - Carole Begent, PSR Head of Legal, has given a review of competition in the payments sector. She discussed the three ways in which concurrency can be approached, namely the...more

Second Circuit Issues Amended Order Affirming Dismissal in Transocean

On April 29, the United States Court of Appeals entered an amended order (previously decided on March 17, 2016) that affirmed the decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in DeKalb...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2016

Stock Drop Case Update: Settlement Reached in Dudenhoeffer Case; Dismissal of Lehman Brothers Lawsuit Upheld. Two recent developments in stock drop litigation are worth noting: Dudenhoeffer Settlement. In Fifth Third...more

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan: a guide

Media coverage about the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) has been unrelenting for the past two years. The Ontario government has made many announcements setting out its vision for its new, government-run defined...more

Massachusetts Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Obligations

In a decision that will have significant repercussions for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has found a private equity sponsor liable...more

Beware the Retroactive QDRO

Employers know that they must honor qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) that assign a portion of a retirement benefit to a participant’s former spouse, known as an alternate payee, when the participant and alternate...more

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down City of Chicago Pension Reform Legislation

Late last week, in Jones et al v. Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago et al (“Jones”), the Illinois Supreme Court struck down Public Act 98-641, which aimed to shore up two ailing Chicago pension funds. ...more

Seventh Circuit Does The Math and Sides with Plan Administrator in Pension Calculation Dispute

On Wednesday, March 16, the Seventh Circuit inspired a collective sigh of relief among actuaries and plan administrators everywhere. In Cocker v. Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis Pension Plan for Nonschedule...more

Out with the Old, In with the New: What’s New with the Ontario Pension Regulator

FSCO reminds administrators about their roles and responsibilities On January 25, 2016, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO”) issued a new policy that describes the roles and responsibilities of administrators...more

Get the basics on two federal bills affecting employee benefits

Recently, two bills with confusingly similar names were introduced in Congress. They are both worth mentioning regardless of whether or not they are ultimately enacted in their current form. The SAVE Benefits Act...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2016

IRS Issues Guidance Regarding Application of ACA Fee to Expatriate Health Plans. Section 9010 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes an annual fee on covered entities engaged in the business of providing health insurance...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On February 17, 2016, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a 20% increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective March 1, 2016. President Maduro also announced an increase in the meal benefit, which will now be two...more

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