Since 2014, large church-controlled health systems that offer defined benefit pension plans have seen lawsuits filed as to whether such plans are eligible to qualify for the ERISA church-plan exemption, which governs those arrangements. When a retirement plan meets the ERISA church-plan exemption, it is exempt from the typical funding and vesting requirements of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code as well as from the ERISA reporting and disclosure requirements. As the church-plan litigation moves to the appellate level, two adverse decisions are reached denying ERISA church-plan exemption to two health systems.
Two Adverse Decisions against Church Plans Reached at Appellate Court Level
By McDermott Will & Emery and Michael T. Graham on April 26, 2016
Posted In Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Retirement Plans