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Employee Retirement Income Security Act Retirement Plan

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 -

2017 in Review: ERISA guidance and enforcement

In 2017, the principal focus in the administration of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), by the Department of Labor (DOL) appropriately remained one of the extraordinary developments...more

Defined Contribution Plans in the US and the UK: Lessons From Across the Pond

Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that it has published a paper—“DC Plans in the US and the UK: Lessons From Across the Pond”—which addresses the differences between defined contribution (DC) plans in the US and the...more

2018 Benefits Grab Bag - Tax Reform, Bipartisan Budget Act and Other Items

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Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) is to adjust retirement plan contribution limits late last year, the Service confirmed that the limits on retirement...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that ERISA does not Preempt State “Slayer Statute”

by Bryan Cave on

We turn once again to the sad and difficult task that plan administrators face when distributing the benefits of a participant who has been murdered by his or her designated beneficiary. Sad for obvious reasons. Difficult...more

Are Your 2018 Benefit Changes Legally Effective?

ERISA requires that benefit plans contain formal procedures for the adoption of amendments to the plan, including the underlying benefit programs. However, many employers routinely implement annual changes to their health and...more

Final Rule on Disability Claims under Welfare and Retirement Plans Effective April 1

by McDermott Will & Emery on

After some speculation about a delay in implementation of the final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans (the Final Rule), the US Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that the...more

Religious Institutions Update: January 2018 - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Timely Topics - By Shannon B. Hartsfield - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Jan. 18, 2018, the creation of a new division within its Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is described...more

DOL Announcement– Disability Benefit Claims Procedures Become Effective April 1, 2018

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently announced that April 1, 2018 would be the effective date for employee benefit plans to comply with the final rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) concerning...more

No More Delays! New Disability Claims Rules to Take Effect April 2, Says DOL

On April 2, 2018, significant changes to ERISA’s disability claims procedures will take effect. These new rules will require all ERISA-covered plans which provide disability benefits to make significant modifications to the...more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

A New Announcement Ends The Uncertainty About When The New Disability Claims Procedure Requirements Will Become Effective, And...

The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued regulations in 2016 that made significant changes in the claims procedure requirements for employee benefit plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

Class action lawsuit isn’t the only fear

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan sponsors will say it all the time: they are too small to be sued in a class action lawsuit. That may be true, but a class action lawsuit isn’t the only thing to fear....more

New Year’s Resolution #5: Four Employee Benefits Resolutions for 2018!

Happy New Year! It’s that time when we all vow to better ourselves in the months ahead. Resolutions abound, and they need not be limited to individual self-improvement. Employers too have many opportunities for betterment in...more

DOL’s New Disability Plan Claims Regulations To Become Effective

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Department of Labor’s new regulations governing disability claims and appeals published on December 19, 2016 will go into effect on April 1, 2018, as announced by the DOL on January 5, 2018. ...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rule Facing Precarious Future

Since its original release as a proposed rule in April 2015 and as a final rule a year later, the Department of Labor’s (DOL's) so-called fiduciary rule — which expands the “investment advice fiduciary” definition under the...more

Focus on ERISA - Tax Reform Includes Benefits and Compensation Provisions

by Dechert LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the tax reform bill, informally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), was signed by President Trump. As we noted in our prior OnPoint (available here) with respect to earlier versions of the...more

Cybersecurity Risks to Employee Benefit Plans - Are You Prepared?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Unless you’ve been living on a remote mountaintop or inside a cave for the past 10 years, chances are good you’ve either been affected by a cybersecurity breach or know someone who has. Among many other businesses, recent...more

Your Fiduciary Responsibilities and 403(b) Plan Litigation

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Joe Urwitz, Todd Solomon and Chris Nemeth discuss provisions of The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) of particular relevance to tax-exempt entities and their investment managers, as well as ongoing...more

Social Media and Your Employees: It Could Be A Problem

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I worked at a law firm and I wanted to build a National ERISA practice. Since the partners there weren’t interested in sharing clients, I tried my best to get some. I drafted an email to an advisor I knew from the third party...more

DOL Again Delays Implementation of ERISA Fiduciary Rule

The department extends non-enforcement policy until July 1, 2019 and plans to propose a new streamlined class exemption under the Fiduciary rule. The DOL finalized its delay of certain portions of the Fiduciary rule until...more

I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

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

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