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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On December 23, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the District Court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims alleging that the same-sex spouse exclusion in the employer’s self-insured medical plan violated Section 510 of the Employee Retirement […]

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Earlier this month, Illinois became the first State to enact legislation that requires private-sector employers who do not offer qualified retirement plans to enroll their employees in individual retirement accounts (i.e., “IRAs”). Now-former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Secure […]

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! As part of our annual tradition in helping retirement plan fiduciaries get started down the right path in the new year, we’re pleased to present our Top Ten New Year’s Countdown. But, wait, what’s better than a […]

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

What is a plan administrator’s obligation under ERISA to seek and obtain information potentially relevant to a participant claim where the participant has not provided it? The Fourth Circuit recently provided guidance on that issue in the case of Harrison […]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back in 2010, the ACA enacted a new rule prohibiting insured group health plans from “discriminating” (on the basis of eligibility or provision of benefits) in favor of highly compensated individuals (called “HCIs”). This rule generally became effective January 1, […]

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Just before Thanksgiving, the IRS issued final regulations on the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The individual mandate requires individuals to maintain health insurance (i.e., “minimum essential coverage”) or pay a penalty. The regulations adopt in part, […]

Thursday, December 4, 2014

What, you may ask? That’s right. It no longer works to reimburse employees for the purchase of an individual health insurance policy. I know, many of you have always done this. Well, not any longer under guidance issued under the […]

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Notice 2014-74, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued amendments to the safe harbor eligible rollover distribution notices – one of which describes the rollover options available to distributions from non-Roth accounts and the other of which describes the rollover […]

Monday, November 10, 2014

Open enrollment has likely begun at your company, often bringing it with changes to employee health plans. When communicating benefits-related information, it is important to ensure that all employees – including those currently away from the workplace on FMLA leave […]

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I have a friend who has lived in St. Louis with his same-sex partner for years. About a year ago, we were discussing same-sex marriage rights and my friend expressed his hope that Missouri would NOT join the other states […]