May 2015

Is a Universal Fiduciary Standard on the Horizon?

Several years ago, the U.S. Department of Labor sought to expand the definition of “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) to more broadly define as fiduciaries those persons who render investment advice to plans and…

December 2014

2014 Year-End Compliance – Qualified Retirement Plans & 2015 Compliance – The Affordable Care Act

By year-end 2014, sponsors of calendar-year retirement plans must adopt required and discretionary amendments and perform a range of administrative procedures to ensure compliance with current statutory and regulatory requirements. In addition, the Afforda…

December 2013

2013 Year-End Compliance Update – Are You Ready?

With the exception of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) Section 436 amendment described below, there are no mandatory amendments that a qualified retirement plan must adopt prior to year-end. However, year-end always brings with it housekeeping it…

September 2013

Repeal of DOMA Leaves Employers Questioning the Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

The recent repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) results in significant changes to employer-sponsored benefit plans. The purpose of this update is to inform employers of their obligations relating to their employee benefits plans and also to identif…

Action Item Checklist for Employers: Final HIPAA Privacy Regulations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) treats an employer-sponsored group health plan as a “covered entity” that must comply with the act's Privacy and Security Rules, which originally became effective April 23, 2003. T…

Action Items for Employers: Notice to Employees of Health Insurance Marketplace and Related Updates to COBRA Election Notices

The Affordable Care Act provides employees who are not offered health coverage by their employers the option of purchasing health coverage through new health insurance marketplaces (also known as health insurance exchanges) that will operate in every state…