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Terminating a CEO for Cause

Terminating a CEO “for cause” requires that the board of directors (“Board”) of the employer focus on two questions – What is the applicable standard for cause? Do the facts and circumstances satisfy this applicable…more

CEOs, Executive Compensation, Foreign Private Issuers, Fraud, Gross Negligence

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PBGC Provides Temporary Flexibility for Variable-Rate Premium Calculations

In late September, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) published Press Release 20-04 and issued Technical Update 20-2 providing flexibility in the calculation of variable-rate premiums for plan sponsors who…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, CARES Act, Employee Benefits, Employee Contributions, IRS

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Third Circuit Rejects Claim for Lifetime Medical Benefits

Several retired employees of Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc. sued their former employer alleging that they were entitled to lifetime healthcare benefits, and the unilateral changes made by Dominion to their post-retirement…more

Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), Consent, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Failure To State A Claim

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To Vote, or Not to Vote, That is the DOL’s Proxy Voting Question for ERISA Fiduciaries

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would confirm its position that ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty apply to an ERISA plan fiduciary’s…more

DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Investment Management, Proposed Rules

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PBGC Provides Temporary Flexibility for Variable-Rate Premium Calculations

In late September, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (the “PBGC”) published Press Release 20-04 and issued Technical Update 20-2 providing flexibility in the calculation of variable-rate premiums for plan sponsors who…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, CARES Act, Employee Benefits, Employee Contributions, IRS

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New IRS Guidance Answers Pressing CARES Act Questions for Retirement Plans

On May 4th, the IRS released a set of FAQs focused on the special coronavirus-related distribution (“CRD”) and plan loan options under the CARES Act..…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, CARES Act, Coronavirus/COVID-19, IRS

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Second Circuit Prohibits Retroactive Changes to Withdrawal Liability Interest Rate Assumptions

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a withdrawal liability decision of which both multiemployer pension plans and their contributing employers should be aware. Specifically, in National Retirement Fund v. Metz…more

Actuarial Values, Employee Benefits, Employer Contributions, Employer Liability Issues, ERISA

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Ninth Circuit Overturns Precedent and Sends ERISA Claims to Individual Arbitration

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit overturned 35 years of precedent and ruled that ERISA class action claims brought on behalf of an ERISA plan are subject to individual arbitration. The Court also enforced the…more

401k, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Is a Qualified Retirement Plan Required to Apply Windsor Retroactively?

Following the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in U.S. v. Windsor (in which the Court held that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was unconstitutional), one of the questions facing sponsors of tax-qualified…more

DOMA, ERISA, FedEx, IRS, Qualified Retirement Plans

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American Airlines 401(k) Plan Not Required To Offer Stable Value Fund

Among the many claims brought by plaintiffs challenging investment offerings in defined contribution plans is the claim that plans should offer stable value funds in lieu of more conservative capital preservation funds, such as…more

401k, American Airlines, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, Defined Contribution Plans

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Fifth Circuit: Procedural Win Is Not Grounds for Attorney’s Fees

The Fifth Circuit concluded that a plan participant was not entitled to recover attorneys’ fees for obtaining a remand order requiring the district court to apply a de novo, rather than abuse of discretion, standard of review to…more

Attorney's Fees, De Novo Standard of Review, Employee Benefits, ERISA, Prevailing Party

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[Podcast]: Attorney-Client Privilege in the Employee Benefit Plan Context

In this episode of the Proskauer Benefits Brief, Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, and associate Joe Clark discuss how the attorney-client privilege rules apply in an…more

401k, Attorney-Client Privilege, Client Services, Confidential Communications, Employee Benefits

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[Podcast]: Worker Classification after Dynamex, Not as Simple as ABC

In its 2018 decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, the California Supreme Court upended decades of precedent by setting out a new, stringent, three-factor test to determine proper worker…more

ABC Test, CA Supreme Court, Corporate Counsel, DOL, Dynamex

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One Problem Solved: Notice 2020-42 Provides Temporary Relief for Witnessing Spousal Consents

This afternoon, the Treasury Department issued Notice 2020-42, ending the uncertainty surrounding spousal consents to retirement plan distributions and loans in the socially distanced COVID-19 world. As plan administrators…more

Consent, Coronavirus/COVID-19, E-Signatures, Electronic Notarization Standard, Notarization

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Court Throws Monkey Wrench Into Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the EEOC to reconsider its final regulations on the extent to which an employer may offer incentives to participate in a wellness program without violating the…more

AARP, ADA, Affordable Care Act, Corporate Counsel, EEOC

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Fifth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Diversification and Prudence Claims Targeting A Single Stock Fund in a 401(k) Plan

The Fifth Circuit in Schweitzer v. Inv. Comm. of Phillips 66 Sav. Plan dismissed claims against 401(k) plan fiduciaries related to allowing plan participants to hold a single stock that was not an employer security as a plan…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Breach of Duty, Defined Benefit Plans, Diversification Requirements

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Sun Capital Update: First Circuit Reverses District Court’s “Partnership-in-Fact” Holding and Finds Private Equity Funds Not Part of Controlled Group and Not Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Liabilities

Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that two co-investing Sun Capital private equity funds (the Sun Funds) had not created an implied “partnership-in-fact” for purposes of determining whether the…more

Commercial Bankruptcy, Controlled Groups, ERISA, Joint and Several Liability, Multiemployer Plan

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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment Plans…more

Affordable Care Act, Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Competition

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Coronavirus Stimulus Deal’s Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

On March 27th, Congress passed a stimulus package in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The package, which is entitled the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act” or the “Act”), contains…more

Benefit Plan Sponsors, CARES Act, Coronavirus/COVID-19, Employee Benefits, Retirement Plan

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ERISA Plan Participants Cannot Proceed As A Class In Challenging EpiPen Prices

Four ERISA plan participants, who participated in four different ERISA plans, commenced an ERISA class action against four of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), alleging that the PBMs breached their fiduciary…more

Breach of Duty, Class Action, Class Certification, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment Plans…more

Affordable Care Act, Class Action, Class Certification, Comcast, Competition

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ERISA Plan Participants Cannot Proceed As A Class In Challenging EpiPen Prices

Four ERISA plan participants, who participated in four different ERISA plans, commenced an ERISA class action against four of the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), alleging that the PBMs breached their fiduciary…more

Breach of Duty, Class Action, Class Certification, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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SECURE Act: Considering Implications of Changes to Required Minimum Distribution Rules

As previewed in our prior blog post, the recently enacted SECURE Act includes many changes that affect employer-sponsored benefit plans and require the attention of plan administrators. Among these changes, effective for…more

401k, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Defined Benefit Plans, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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To Vote, or Not to Vote, That is the DOL’s Proxy Voting Question for ERISA Fiduciaries

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would confirm its position that ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty apply to an ERISA plan fiduciary’s…more

DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Investment Management, Proposed Rules

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Terminating a CEO for Cause

Terminating a CEO “for cause” requires that the board of directors (“Board”) of the employer focus on two questions – What is the applicable standard for cause? Do the facts and circumstances satisfy this applicable…more

CEOs, Executive Compensation, Foreign Private Issuers, Fraud, Gross Negligence

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Side by Side Comparison: Electronic Disclosure Rules for Pension & Welfare Plans

The DOL recently provided retirement plans with a new method to comply electronically with certain participant disclosure and notice requirements. See our blog post outlining the new DOL rule. This new method adds to the…more

Disclosure Requirements, DOL, Electronic Disclosure, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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[Podcast]: Nuts and Bolts on a Management Buyout (Part 7 of 7)

In the final episode of a seven-part series for The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partners Michael Album and Josh Miller talk about employment agreements in the context of a management buyout. They go over the key terms and issues…more

Acquisitions, Best Management Practices, Corporate Management, EBITDA, Employment Contract

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The Saga Continues – Fifth Circuit Affirms ACA Individual Mandate’s Unconstitutionality; Remands for Further Consideration

Roughly a year ago, we reported on a district court judge’s determination that the Affordable Care Act’s (“ACA”) individual mandate was unconstitutional and that, therefore, the entire ACA was invalid. A detailed summary of the…more

Affordable Care Act, Appeals, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Health Insurance, Healthcare Reform

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Landmark Bill Passes: California Codifies “ABC” Test for Worker Classification

On Thursday, September 12th, the California State Assembly passed Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”), the controversial new law that codifies the three-factor “ABC” test introduced by the California Supreme Court in its 2018 Dynamex…more

ABC Test, CA Supreme Court, Dynamex, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues

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New DOL Fiduciary Rule Package: What You Really Need to Know

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (the “DOL”) new “fiduciary rule” package, issued on June 29, 2020, and published in the Federal Register on July 7, 2020, has three important components..…more

Best Interest Standard, Disclosure Requirements, DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty

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U.S. DOL To Issue Final Rule and Exemptions on Fiduciary Standards

On April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor will release its highly-anticipated Final Rule and Exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual retirement…more

Best Interest Contract Exemptions, Best Interest Standard, Conflicts of Interest, DOL, ERISA

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One Problem Solved: Notice 2020-42 Provides Temporary Relief for Witnessing Spousal Consents

This afternoon, the Treasury Department issued Notice 2020-42, ending the uncertainty surrounding spousal consents to retirement plan distributions and loans in the socially distanced COVID-19 world. As plan administrators…more

Consent, Coronavirus/COVID-19, E-Signatures, Electronic Notarization Standard, Notarization

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SEC Announces Open Meeting on Proposed Clawback Requirements under Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act became law on July 21, 2010, introducing a variety of executive compensation-related regulations, including with respect to shareholder say-on-pay voting and…more

Clawbacks, Compensation Committee, Dodd-Frank, Executive Compensation, Publicly-Traded Companies

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Department of Labor Finalizes New Safe Harbor for Electronic Delivery of Retirement Plan Disclosures

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) finalized its proposed regulation expanding electronic delivery for retirement plan disclosures. On balance, the final regulation is generally consistent with the…more

Disclosure Requirements, DOL, Electronic Disclosure, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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Ninth Circuit Overturns Precedent and Sends ERISA Claims to Individual Arbitration

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit overturned 35 years of precedent and ruled that ERISA class action claims brought on behalf of an ERISA plan are subject to individual arbitration. The Court also enforced the…more

401k, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Benefit Plan Sponsors, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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Seventh Circuit Upholds Dismissal of 403(b) Plan Lawsuit Against Northwestern University in Apparent Split with Third Circuit

Since the beginning of 2016, the ERISA plaintiffs’ bar has filed nearly two dozen complaints targeting university-sponsored 403(b) plans. The majority of these lawsuits assert that plan fiduciaries breached their duties and…more

403(b) Plans, Breach of Contract, ERISA, ERISA Litigation, Investment Funds

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To Vote, or Not to Vote, That is the DOL’s Proxy Voting Question for ERISA Fiduciaries

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would confirm its position that ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty apply to an ERISA plan fiduciary’s…more

DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Investment Management, Proposed Rules

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Clawbacks: Recent Litigation Targeting Insurers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers

While the term “co-pay” might suggest a sharing of costs between patients and their health plans, a recent study by the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center found that almost a quarter of patients are paying more…more

Clawbacks, Co-payments, Corrupt Organizations Act (COA), Employee Benefits, ERISA

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To Vote, or Not to Vote, That is the DOL’s Proxy Voting Question for ERISA Fiduciaries

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would confirm its position that ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty apply to an ERISA plan fiduciary’s…more

DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Investment Management, Proposed Rules

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Second Circuit Prohibits Retroactive Changes to Withdrawal Liability Interest Rate Assumptions

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a withdrawal liability decision of which both multiemployer pension plans and their contributing employers should be aware. Specifically, in National Retirement Fund v. Metz…more

Actuarial Values, Employee Benefits, Employer Contributions, Employer Liability Issues, ERISA

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ISS, Glass Lewis Release 2015 Proxy Voting Updates; Espouse Nuanced Review of Equity Compensation Practices

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis released their 2015 executive compensation proxy voting updates that may be particularly relevant for public companies that intend to submit new or…more

Employee Stock Purchase Plans, Equity Compensation, Executive Compensation, Glass Lewis, ISS

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To Vote, or Not to Vote, That is the DOL’s Proxy Voting Question for ERISA Fiduciaries

On September 4, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a proposed rule (the “Proposed Rule”) that would confirm its position that ERISA’s fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty apply to an ERISA plan fiduciary’s…more

DOL, ERISA, Fiduciary Duty, Investment Management, Proposed Rules

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[Podcast]: Key Contractual Provisions for Employers to Incorporate in Documents with Confidentiality Covenants

In this episode of The Proskauer Brief, Kate Napalkova, special employee benefits and executive compensation counsel, and associate Oleg Zakatov discuss potential pitfalls that lurk in employment agreements and other employee…more

Best Practices, Confidentiality Agreements, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Dodd-Frank, Employee Benefits

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Department of Labor Finalizes New Safe Harbor for Electronic Delivery of Retirement Plan Disclosures

On May 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) finalized its proposed regulation expanding electronic delivery for retirement plan disclosures. On balance, the final regulation is generally consistent with the…more

Disclosure Requirements, DOL, Electronic Disclosure, Employee Benefits, ERISA

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JD Supra Cookies. We place our own cookies on your computer to track certain information about you while you are using our Website and Services. For example, we place a session cookie on your computer each time you visit our Website. We use these cookies to allow you to log-in to your subscriber account. In addition, through these cookies we are able to collect information about how you use the Website, including what browser you may be using, your IP address, and the URL address you came from upon visiting our Website and the URL you next visit (even if those URLs are not on our Website). We also utilize email web beacons to monitor whether our emails are being delivered and read. We also use these tools to help deliver reader analytics to our authors to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

Analytics/Performance Cookies. JD Supra also uses the following analytic tools to help us analyze the performance of our Website and Services as well as how visitors use our Website and Services:

  • HubSpot - For more information about HubSpot cookies, please visit legal.hubspot.com/privacy-policy.
  • New Relic - For more information on New Relic cookies, please visit www.newrelic.com/privacy.
  • Google Analytics - For more information on Google Analytics cookies, visit www.google.com/policies. To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. This will allow you to download and install a Google Analytics cookie-free web browser.

Facebook, Twitter and other Social Network Cookies. Our content pages allow you to share content appearing on our Website and Services to your social media accounts through the "Like," "Tweet," or similar buttons displayed on such pages. To accomplish this Service, we embed code that such third party social networks provide and that we do not control. These buttons know that you are logged in to your social network account and therefore such social networks could also know that you are viewing the JD Supra Website.

Controlling and Deleting Cookies

If you would like to change how a browser uses cookies, including blocking or deleting cookies from the JD Supra Website and Services you can do so by changing the settings in your web browser. To control cookies, most browsers allow you to either accept or reject all cookies, only accept certain types of cookies, or prompt you every time a site wishes to save a cookie. It's also easy to delete cookies that are already saved on your device by a browser.

The processes for controlling and deleting cookies vary depending on which browser you use. To find out how to do so with a particular browser, you can use your browser's "Help" function or alternatively, you can visit http://www.aboutcookies.org which explains, step-by-step, how to control and delete cookies in most browsers.

Updates to This Policy

We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about how we use cookies and other tracking technologies, please contact us at: privacy@jdsupra.com.

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