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Latest Multi-employer Plans Posts

More Ways to be Tagged with Withdrawal Liability

By Angela Bohmann | December 6, 2016

Multi-employer Plans I have written a number of posts (here, here, and here) on employers and business owners who have been held responsible for the multiemployer plan withdrawal liability of a different employer. In some cases, the liability comes from common ownership. In other cases, the liability comes because a new business is held...

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Could your Oil and Gas Interest Cause You to Be Responsible for Multiemployer Plan Withdrawal Liability?

By Angela Bohmann | November 10, 2016

Multi-employer Plans I noticed an interesting case from the Tenth Circuit which found that a two to three percent working interest in an oil and gas venture could generate self-employment income for the owner of that interest. The individual in question entered into both a purchase agreement and an operating agreement with the operator of...

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More Withdrawal Liability for Unsuspecting Business Owners

By Angela Bohmann | September 29, 2015

Multi-employer Plans I recently blogged about a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision that tagged a buyer of the assets of a company contributing to a multiemployer plan with withdrawal liability that the seller had not paid. A recent Ninth Circuit decision reached the same conclusion in a case where an owner shut down its business,...

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More Ways to be Hit With Withdrawal Liability

By Angela Bohmann | September 9, 2015

Multi-employer Plans I have blogged (here, here, here and here) in the past about situations where employers unexpectedly found themselves liable for withdrawal liability imposed by a multiemployer plan. We can add a recent case from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to that list. Tsareff v. Manweb Services, Inc. involved a...

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Another Way to Become Personally Liable to a Multiemployer Plan

By Angela Bohmann | March 26, 2014

Fiduciary Guidance, Multi-employer Plans I have blogged in the past about individuals and businesses that are not signatories to a collective bargaining agreement being found liable for withdrawal liability imposed by multiemployer pension plans (plans jointly trusteed by union and management trustees for the benefit of a number of unionized employers)....

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What is a Trade or Business and Why Does it Matter – Part 3

By Angela Bohmann | August 21, 2013

Multi-employer Plans I blogged last year (here and here) about a couple of decisions in which courts concluded that various related companies were part of a controlled group of trades or businesses and therefore liable for the withdrawal liability of one of the companies. As I mentioned in earlier blogs, the courts have noted that to be a...

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Company Owners Can be Personally Responsible for Contributions to Multiemployer Plans

By Angela Bohmann | July 8, 2013

Multi-employer Plans I have blogged in the past about the reach of obligations to multiemployer plans and how other businesses owned by a participating employer can be held responsible for withdrawal liability based upon the common ownership. If one of the businesses is owned personally by an individual, the liability can be personal. A...

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Another Business Owner Caught by Withdrawal Liability

By Angela Bohmann | May 14, 2013

Multi-employer Plans, Uncategorized I have blogged before [May 16, 2012, November 21, 2012, April 23, 2012, May 15, 2012, September 5, 2012] about the liability that can be imposed on businesses whose union employees participate in a multiemployer pension plan if the business ceases to participate in that plan. That liability is called withdrawal...

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Do Not Delay Getting Your QDRO

By Angela Bohmann | April 30, 2013

Multi-employer Plans, Retirement Plans Employers know that benefits under a retirement plan can be split between a participant and a former spouse in the event of a divorce under the terms of a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). A domestic relations order is qualified if it meets certain technical requirements. A recent decision from the Minnesota...

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What is a Trade or Business and Why Does it Matter – Part 2

By Angela Bohmann | November 21, 2012

Multi-employer Plans I blogged earlier in the year about a decision in which a district court concluded that various related companies were part of a controlled group of trades or businesses and therefore liable for the withdrawal liability of one of the companies. In that case, the court noted that to be a trade or business the...

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