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Employee benefits are an important part of every employees' total compensation package. The continuously evolving landscape in the areas of health care reform, retirement plan design, and executive compensation makes it difficult for employee benefits professionals to keep up with relevant developments. The employee benefits attorneys at Stinson Leonard Street provide human resources professionals, plan fiduciaries, actuaries, accountants, and others in the industry with practical and cost-effective assistance as they navigate through the complex laws, regulations and guidance that govern employee benefits plans. This blog highlights key developments in the employee benefits field and items of interest to our clients. Our Bloggers →

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Back to Basics – Costly Consequences of Ignoring Process in Benefits Administration

By Audrey Fenske and Sam Butler | May 18, 2017

ERISA and Other Benefits Litigation The stories of an employer and a long-term disability insurer and claims fiduciary for an ERISA plan, defendants in two recent cases, ring so true. In the first case, the insurer was designated as claims fiduciary for an employer's long-term disability plan, and ended up in litigation with the least friendly standard...

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Pruitt v. Burwell Ruling Unlikely to have Major Impact on Employers in Near Term

By Sam Butler and Tom Dowling | October 1, 2014

Health Care Reform On Tuesday, September 30, federal Judge Ronald White of the Eastern District of Oklahoma ruled in Pruitt v. Burwell that the plain text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") does not allow for the provision of subsidies to individuals purchasing health coverage through a federally-facilitated...

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Eighth Circuit Decisions Reminds Employers of Importance of Granting ERISA Plan Administrators Discretion to Interpret Plan Terms

By Sam Butler | May 14, 2014

ERISA and Other Benefits Litigation Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit released an opinion which highlights the importance of ensuring ERISA plan documents grant plan administrators the discretion to construe and interpret the terms of the plan. In Hall v. Metro. Life Ins. Co., the Appeals Court dealt with a case in...

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Despite upholding a $13.4 million judgment against plan fiduciaries, the Eighth Circuit gives plan sponsors a lot to like in Tussey decision.

By Sam Butler | March 24, 2014

ERISA and Other Benefits Litigation, Fiduciary Guidance, Retirement Plans On March 19, 2014, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued its decision in Tussey v. ABB, Inc., No. 12-2056 (8th Cir. Mar. 19, 2014).  The case came to the Eighth Circuit on an appeal of a decision by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri...

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New Internal Revenue Service Regulation Clarify when Property is Subject to a Substantial Risk of Forfeiture

By Sam Butler | February 28, 2014

Deferred Compensation and 409A On February 26, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service published a final regulation clarifying the meaning of "substantial risk of forfeiture" under section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The new guidance will help taxpayers who receive property, other than money, in exchange for services determine when they must...

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Health Plans Should Make Eligibility Determinations Quickly

By Sam Butler | February 18, 2014

Health Plan, Welfare Plans In an opinion released earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that a self-insured health plan was not entitled to a refund of the nearly $1.7 million it paid to two Wisconsin hospitals for treatment administered to a participant's newborn child, despite the plan's...

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