Stinson Leonard Street - Employee Benefits & Compensation

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Firm Profile: Stinson Leonard Street
150 South Fifth Street
Suite 2300
Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States
Contact: Jason Wibben, Communications and Public Relations Manager
Phone: 612.335.7222
Fax: 612.335.1657
Areas of Practice
  • Health
  • Labor & Employment Law
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Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota

Time to revisit the Retirement Equity Act? Married Spouse denied $2.7 million ESOP Benefit of Deceased Spouse

On April 3, 2018, The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment decision against Susan Wengert who had sued the plan administrative committee of the Majors Plastics ESOP, the personal representative of the…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

To Be Determined? IRS Requests Comments Regarding Potential Determination Letter Program Expansion in 2019

The IRS announced on April 5th that the agency is seeking input on whether (and how) the individually designed retirement plan determination letter program should be expanded for the 2019 calendar year…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Send Out the Search Party: The DOL and Other Agencies Focus on Plan Efforts to Locate Missing Participants (Part 2)

Part 1 of this series summarized a plan’s duty to search for missing participants and discussed the current and possible future sources of law that create that duty. This Part 2 compares each agency’s current minimum search…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Send Out the Search Party: The DOL and Other Agencies Focus on Plan Efforts to Locate Missing Participants (Part 1)

In the past year, the Department of Labor (DOL) has drastically increased audits of retirement plans with participants – or beneficiaries – who cannot be located in conjunction with the distribution of owed benefits…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

New Disability Claims Procedures May Apply to Qualified and Nonqualified Retirement Plans, Too

As mentioned in our recent blog, the date for complying with the new disability claims procedures (April 2, 2018) is rapidly approaching. In addition to making sure disability plans comply with the new rules, employers should…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Thanks for Noticing: Disability Claims Procedure Regulations Change Notice Requirement Next Month, Impose Strict Compliance Standard

The DOL’s revised ERISA disability claims procedures regulations will be taking effect early next month, and plan sponsors should take a hard look at plan processes over the next few weeks to ensure compliance…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

Department of Labor Issues Proposed Rules Expanding Access to Association Health Plans

On October 12, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order concerning a number of health plan market initiatives. One of the items included in the Executive Order was a directive to the Secretary of Labor to issue proposed…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Health

IRS Begins Issuing ACA Employer Mandate Penalty Notices

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) indicated that it would begin enforcing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility provisions (commonly known as the “Employer Mandate”). Last week, the IRS followed…more
 /  Health, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

IRS Annual Limits on Qualified Plans for 2018

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service released the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limits on benefits and contributions for qualified retirement plans. The Notice providing the cost-of-living…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Tibble and Class Action Plaintiffs Win Round Two versus Edison International and Its 401(k) Investment Committees

In past articles in this Blog I reported on decisions of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with a class action for breach of fiduciary duty for selecting retail mutual funds in 1999…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law

No Additional Delay on Effective Date of New Fiduciary Standards – DOL

This week, new U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Acosta announced that the final fiduciary regulations would go into effect on June 9, 2017. The Department also issued two pieces of guidance with regard to the regulations also…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Back to Basics – Costly Consequences of Ignoring Process in Benefits Administration

The stories of an employer and a long-term disability insurer and claims fiduciary for an ERISA plan, defendants in two recent cases, ring so true. In the first case, the insurer was designated as claims fiduciary for an…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Insurance

Embezzlement of 401(k) Deferrals by COO of Architecture Firm is (Doubly) Costly

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against Christine Bodouva that her restoration of funds to her Company’s 401(k) Plan should be offset against the District Court’s order for forfeiture in…more
 /  Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law
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