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2017 Farewell (Or, What Am I Forgetting This Year-End?)


By on Oct 25, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

With only two months left in the year, it’s time to make sure your-end tickler list is complete! Join us for a roundtable discussion with McDermott partners Judith Wethall, Finn Pressly, Andrew Liazos, Diane Morgenthaler and Jeff Holdvogt which will cover the employee benefit issues you’ll need to cross off your list before Year’s Eve....

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Fridays with Benefits — Open Enrollment: Last Minute Check-Up


By on Sep 28, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Anxious about open enrollment? Join McDermott lawyers Judith Wethall and Finn Pressly for a rundown of the top 10 issues to watch as you prepare for the 2018 plan year, including mandatory notices, electronic disclosure, and trends in ERISA litigation. Register Here Date Friday October 6, 2017 Time 10:00 am – 10:40 am PDT 11:00 am – 11:40 am...

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IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Information Reporting under the Affordable Care Act


By on Sep 17, 2013
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

by Amy M. Gordon, Susan M. Nash and Jacob Mattinson Recently issued guidance clarifies annual information reporting requirements for insurers and employers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The required reporting enables the Internal Revenue Service to determine compliance with the employer and individual mandates and individual eligibility for premium tax credits under the ACA. To read the full...

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Additional Time for Employers to Amend and File Puerto Rico Qualified Retirement Plans


By on Jul 30, 2013
Posted In Retirement Plans

by Nancy S. Gerrie and Jeffrey M. Holdvogt The Puerto Rico Treasury Department recently issued Circular Letter No. 13-02, extending the deadline for employers that sponsor qualified retirement plans benefiting Puerto Rico employees to adopt amendments and file for determination letters on the qualified status of their plans under the 2011 Puerto Rico tax code. Tax-qualified...

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DOL Issues Initial Guidance Describing Proposed Lifetime Retirement Income Notices


By on Jul 9, 2013
Posted In Retirement Plans

by Joseph S. Adams, Anne S. Becker, Kary Crassweller and Stephen Pavlick, PC New guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) aims to help participants and beneficiaries with the “decumulation” phase of retirement planning by requiring sponsors to provide illustrations of lifetime retirement income. To read the full article, please click here.

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Seventh Circuit Makes Damages More Available for Employees Given Wrong Information About Benefits


By on Jun 25, 2013
Posted In Employment

by Prashant Kolluri and Nancy G. Ross Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc., represents a significant departure from the decades of law prior to Cigna v. Amara holding that employees could not recover for misrepresentations by employers over benefit coverage if the plan terms were clear. To read the full article, click here.

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PBGC Releases Revised Proposed Regulations Addressing Reportable Event Requirements under ERISA


By on Jun 18, 2013
Posted In Retirement Plans

by Paul J. Compernolle, Ashley McCarthy and Maureen O’Brien Section 4043 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) requires pension plan sponsors to report a variety of corporate and plan events to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).  In November 2009, the PBGC proposed regulations that would have eliminated most of the...

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France Allows Same-Sex Marriages


By on Jun 11, 2013
Posted In Employment

by Lionel Lesur and Lisa A. Linsky On April 23, 2013, the French Parliament gave final approval to a bill allowing same-sex couples to get married and adopt children.  This makes France the 14th country in the world to legalize marriage between same-sex couples, and the 9th in Europe.  Law No.2013-404, approving marriages between same-sex...

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Supreme Court Oral Arguments on DOMA, Proposition 8: Potential Employee Benefit Plan Implications


By on Jun 4, 2013
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

by Joseph S. Adams, Todd A. Solomon and Brian J. Tiemann On March 26 and 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in cases challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8.  A Supreme Court ruling in either case may have significant implications...

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Additional Guidance Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Disclosure Requirements


By on May 16, 2013
Posted In Health and Welfare Plans

by Amy M. Gordon and Joanna C. Kerpen The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury recently issued new guidance and templates regarding the summary of benefits and coverage requirement under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. To read the full article, click here.

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