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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

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

High Court Agrees Pension Plans Sponsored by Church-Affiliated Hospitals Are ERISA-Exempt and Upholds Decades of IRS, PBGC and DOL...

by Genova Burns LLC on

In a much-anticipated decision, on June 5 the U.S. Supreme Court held that a pension plan sponsored by a religious affiliated nonprofit hospital qualifies as an ERISA-exempt church plan even though the plan was not initially...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

Dealing with New IRS Qualification Requirements for Pension, Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plans, Effective January 1, 2017

by GableGotwals on

The procedures for qualification of an employer sponsored individually designed pension, profit sharing or 401(k) plan for favorable tax deferred treatment under the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) changed significantly...more

The Supreme Court’s New Church Plan Cases — How They Might Affect ERISA Litigation Generally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in three Church Plan cases presents the possibility that many Church Plans thought for years to be exempt from ERISA rules, including its funding rules, will now have...more

Taxes and Divorce

Divorce is tough. Even amicable divorces are financially and emotionally draining. The last thing you need is to have tax problems pop up as a result of divorce proceedings. To avoid such problems here’s a list of some top...more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November, 2016. ACA Information Reporting – Bad News and Good News - First, the bad news: The 2016 final...more

A Trump Presidency: Potential Impact on Employee Benefits Law and Policy

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

For many months, we have been speculating about how the results of the 2016 presidential election would impact employee benefits policy going forward. Now that Donald Trump has won the election and Republicans have secured a...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of October, 2016. 2017 Benefits Limits Announced - The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security...more

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

IRS Announces Major Qualified Plan Determination Letter Program Change

by GableGotwals on

The Internal Revenue Service has published very important new guidance on assuring employer sponsored pension and profit sharing plans qualify for tax exemption. Revenue Procedure 201637, 2016-29 Internal Revenue Bulletin,...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations describing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to employer wellness...more

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2016

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor’s Overview - In this issue of Proskauer's ERISA Litigation Newsletter, we review a recent ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the application of controlled group principles to the building...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

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

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

IRS Confirms California “Waiting Time Penalties” Are Not Wages For Federal Income Tax Purposes

A recent IRS information letter confirms that “waiting time penalties” paid under California law are not wages for federal income tax withholding purposes. Section 203 of the California State Labor Code imposes penalties on...more

Employee Benefits Developments - February 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding Applicability of Normal Retirement Age to Governmental Pension Plans

by Miller Canfield on

In a change that would impact government employers with retirement plans, the IRS has proposed a rule to address whether the normal retirement age under a governmental plan satisfies the requirements to preserve...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

IRS Proposes Permanent Nondiscrimination/Coverage Relief for Closed Pension Plans

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued proposed regulations that would provide permanent relief from certain coverage and nondiscrimination testing requirements to defined benefit plans that are closed to new...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2015

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), consistent with prior regulations from the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), issued supplemental proposed regulations requiring employer sponsored health plans to provide...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

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