Employee Retirement Income Security Act

Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.... more +
Employee Retirement Income Security Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1974 to set minimum standards for pension and health plans in the private sector and to protect participants in those plans.  ERISA requires plans to provide information to participants, establishes a grievance process,  and allows participants to sue for benefits or breach of fiduciary duties.  less -
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ERISA: Public School Teacher’s Employee Benefits Governed by ERISA? Yes!

When you see a claim for disability or life insurance benefits by a public school teacher, you might assume the claim is not governed by ERISA because of the governmental plan exception....more

Correcting Problems With Your Retirement Plan [Video]

Presented by Caryn McNeill, Craig Wheaton and Jamie Hinkle The rules that apply to qualified retirement plans are complex. Not surprisingly, plan sponsors determine with some regularity that their plans have a compliance...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #5

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Northstar v. Schwab. On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of Schwab Investments’ (Schwab) for rehearing and rehearing en banc in the case of...more

Employee Benefits: Who is a Fiduciary? DOL Proposal Expands Definition (4/15)

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a regulation in 1975 defining the circumstances under which a person providing "investment advice" is to be treated as a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

DOL Proposes to Revise Definition of “Fiduciary” Under ERISA

On April 20, the US Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposal to revise portions of the definition of a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) in the Federal Register....more

First Circuit Reviews Top Hat Plan Benefits Denial for Abuse of Discretion

The First Circuit recently applied an abuse of discretion standard of review to a claim for top hat plan benefits. Plaintiff Robert Niebauer, a former executive of Crane, brought a claim for executive severance plan benefits...more

DOL Re-Proposes Rule to make Brokers, Others, ERISA Fiduciaries

After almost five years of debate, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is again trying to modify the ERISA definition of “fiduciary” as it relates to providing investment advice. On April 14, 2015, DOL re-proposed rules (the...more

Stick to what you know

Over the past 5 years as a solo ERISA practitioner, I always get asked if that’s all I do. It’s not some kind of insult, but a question on whether I also do financial advisory work and/or third party administration work. The...more

Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Regulation and Prohibited Transaction Exemption Relief for Investment Advice...

On April 20, 2015, more than three years after withdrawing a similar proposal that was staunchly opposed by the financial services industry, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published in the Federal Register a proposed...more

EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Regulations Add Burdensome Notice Requirement; Still Prohibit Mandatory HRAs

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released proposed regulations covering wellness programs that involve disability-related inquiries or medical examinations....more

The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Participant’s Estate Fails to Show a Claim For Failure to Give Notice of Right to Continue Life Insurance Coverage: Estate of...

Providing a practical lesson on determining a duty to give notice to ERISA participants, the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida dismissed the claim by the estate of an ERISA group life insurance plan...more

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Fiduciary Standard

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated, re-proposed regulation addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement...more

Wellness Programs Alive and Well?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued proposed regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding employer-provided wellness programs that were published in the Federal Register on...more

EEOC Publishes Proposed Rule on How the ADA Applies to Employer Wellness Programs

Many employers offer corporate wellness programs to promote healthier lifestyles, prevent disease and reduce healthcare costs. These wellness programs may include, for example, nutrition classes, on-site exercise facilities,...more

Are Employee Wellness Programs OK Under the ADA? EEOC Says Yes, But...

Until recently, businesses looking to make sure that their employee wellness programs comply with the ADA were without much help from the EEOC—besides a series of surprisingly unhelpful opinion letters and a one-sentence...more

The Times are Changing: A First Look at the DOL’s New Fiduciary Paradigm

On April 14, 2015, the US Department of Labor (the “DOL”) issued its proposed rule clarifying when individuals and institutions providing advice to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) will be...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: EEOC Proposes Rule Addressing Incentives in Employee Wellness Programs

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a long-awaited proposed rule and supplemental guidance addressing employers’ use of incentives to encourage participation in employee wellness...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2015

Editor's Overview - In this month's Newsletter, Robert Rachal discusses recent "church plan" rulings where some federal judges have declined to give deference to long-standing, consistent guidance from the Internal...more

EEOC Proposed Rule to Shed Light on Wellness Programs under the ADA

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published a proposed new rule that would amend the regulations for Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") as they relate to employer...more

New Fiduciary Regulations Require Retirement Investment Advisers to Act in Clients’ Best Interests

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new proposed regulations that changed the definition of “fiduciary investment advice” as currently found in DOL Regulation 2510.3-21(c). These proposed rules also...more

CMS Proposes Expansion of Medicaid Mental Health Parity Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule, on April 10, 2015, addressing the application of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (“MHPAEA”) to the Medicaid and CHIP...more

The DOL’s New Proposal on ERISA Fiduciary Status for Investment Advisers

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its widely anticipated re-proposed rules for defining fiduciary status under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) for providers of investment advice...more

More ERISA Complications

In passing the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), Congress sought to make it as easy and economical as possible for employers to provide benefits to their workers; for example, pensions, health insurance,...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Wellness Program Amendments to ADA Regulations

On April 16, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued long-awaited proposed regulations addressing what constitutes permissive employer wellness programs. While the EEOC recognizes that many employers...more

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