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Employee Retirement Income Security Act Benefit Plan Sponsors

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 -

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

When Is Your ERISA Plan or Flexible Benefit Plan Not Good Enough to Be a Bona Fide Plan?

by Winstead PC on

Employee benefit plan drafters frequently complete plan documents for their client’s use assuming that the document’s status as an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (‘‘ERISA’’) or...more

Department of Labor Finalizes 18-Month Extension for Simplified Compliance With the BIC Exemption Under the ERISA Fiduciary Advice...

On November 29, the US Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its 18-month extension of the transition period under the Best Interest Contract Exemption (the "BIC Exemption"). As described in Katten's earlier advisory,...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Qualified Retirement Plans (Part 4)

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered...more

Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies State Laws Regulating Insurance Do Not Void Discretionary Clauses In Self-Funded ERISA Plans

by Benesch on

The Ninth Circuit recently held discretionary clauses in a self-funded plan were valid and that California Insurance Code § 10110.6, banning discretionary clause relating to insurance, was preempted by ERISA when applied to a...more

Don’t want to call an ERISA attorney? It’ll snowball

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The snowball effect is a term for a process that starts from something that is small and builds upon itself, becoming larger and also perhaps potentially dangerous or disastrous. The idea is that an avalanche can be started...more

Well here is where an advisory firm gets in trouble

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A good chunk of my work as an ERISA attorney is working with financial advisory firms in managing their retirement plan practice especially with 401(k) plans. I have many registered investment advisory clients around the...more

Oregon Retirement Program Faces Court Challenge

by Benesch on

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) has filed a lawsuit challenging the enforceability of the OregonSaves Retirement Program (OregonSaves). The ERISA Industry Committee v. Read, No. 3:17-cv-1605 (D. Or. Oct. 12, 2017)....more

Advisors Need To Offer Education

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Advisors ask me all the time of the role of education in participant directed 401(k) plans and it’s an important question. Participant directed 401(k) plans that are governed under ERISA §404(c) offer the plan sponsors...more

Find those “missing” plan participants

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Missing plan participants are usually only an issue when a retirement plan decides to terminate and wants to avoid dragging out the process and having to file another Form 5500....more

Plan Fee Litigation: Protecting Fiduciaries

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Targeting Educational Institutions - Since August, 2016, sixteen institutions of higher education with large retirement plans have become targets of federal lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA. To date, the...more

Plan Providers and Plan Sponsors Can Still Lose By Winning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The news comes trickling in for 401(k) plan providers and plan sponsors beating back class action lawsuits. Many plan providers win their case as defendants because the plan participants fail to convince a judge that the...more

Pick a Provider That Is Ahead of The Curve

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to plan sponsors in choosing providers for their retirement plan, I think one rule of thumb is to choose plan providers that are ahead of the curve. What do I mean by ahead of the curve? Retirement plan...more

Should Your 401(k) Plan Go Safe Harbor?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

December 1 is pretty quickly going to be upon us, which reminds me that I have some notices to send out shortly. For those in the retirement plan business, we know December 1 marks the date that safe harbor notices have to be...more

Time to Prepare for the End of the Year - Part Three

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The year-end is rapidly approaching! To avoid costly penalties from inadvertent errors in the year-end rush, plan sponsors should begin talking with their service providers now about what must be done by year-end. Our first...more

No joke: Gucci sued for “expensive” 401(k) plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I think of Gucci, I think of a high-priced brand. Coincidentally or not, they are being accused of running a high-priced 401(k) plan. Selling high-priced leather goods is OK, running an expensive 401(k) plan is not....more

When Disaster Strikes: IRS Guidance Gives Employers Additional Options for Assisting Employees Hit by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in Texas and Florida, they gave rise not only to widespread property damage, but to a humanitarian disaster as well. The massive storms have left scores dead and thousands...more

Spring Cleaning Comes Early: The Affordable Care Act and the Importance of Updating ERISA Plan Documents

The year 1974 was a watershed for employee benefits. For the first time, the federal government undertook the complicated task of providing a statutory and regulatory framework for employee benefit plans and employee pension...more

SuperVision - Labor & Employment Law Insights - September 2017

...This issue of SuperVision is dedicated to questions our friends and clients may have regarding insurance and benefit topics. While not a common part of the Labor & Employment field, Spilman prides itself on having...more

If it bleeds, it leads. If it’s thrown out, forget about it.

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I serve as the attorney for a registered investment advisor out on Long Island and they forwarded me an email from a plan sponsor regarding a news article from last year of a potential class action lawsuit against a...more

Time to Prepare for the End of the Year - Part One

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The end of the year is rapidly approaching! To avoid costly penalties that can arise from inadvertent errors in the year-end rush, plan sponsors should begin talking with their service providers now about what must be done by...more

Advisors Advantage - September 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Avoid Mistakes Other Plan Providers Make. Learn from the mistakes of others. Being a retirement plan provider is tough. I know because as an ERISA attorney, I am one and I play on TV. There are many mistakes to be made...more

The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for...

By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its new “investment...more

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