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Prenuptial agreement not an effective waiver of spousal rights

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2013

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit demonstrates the potential limitations of prenuptial agreements purporting to

MEWA held to be not fully insured under ERISA

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 15 2011

When unrelated employers join together in an association or other group to purchase or arrange for health insurance, the association is defined as a "multiple employer welfare arrangement" or "MEWA" under the law

IRS clarifies treatment of dividends and dividend equivalents paid on restricted stock and restricted stock units under section 162(m)

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 29 2012

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) 162(m) generally prohibits a publicly traded corporation from deducting compensation paid to “covered employees” in excess of $1 million per year

Contingent event benefit constitutes early retirement subsidy for purposes of QDRO

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 28 2013

As part of a divorce settlement, a participant in a defined benefit retirement plan and his spouse entered into a qualified domestic relations order

Court holds that plan may recoup overpayment of pension benefits

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 28 2012

The district court for the District of Massachusetts held that a multiemployer pension plan may recoup the overpayment of benefits, notwithstanding the participant’s intervening bankruptcy

Guidance issued on ERISA 101(j) notice on underfunded defined benefit plans

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 28 2012

As sponsors of defined benefit plans are well aware, certain limitations are imposed on a defined benefit plan when a plan’s adjusted funding target attainment percentage is below 80 percent

Employer breached fiduciary duty by allowing ineligible employee to enroll in plan

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 29 2013

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that an employer breached its fiduciary duty by misleading an employee regarding

Post-normal retirement date benefit accruals

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 29 2010

Defined benefit plan administrators can find the rules dealing with benefit accruals and actuarial adjustment after normal retirement date are complex and confusing

Teachers’ efforts to bring 403(b) plan lawsuits fall short

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 11 2011

In two different cases from two different regions of the country, teachers brought lawsuits to challenge alleged endorsement and kickback arrangements involving IRC 403(b) plans on the basis of fiduciary breaches

Acquired employees were properly denied shutdown benefits

  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 31 2012

Acquisitions and the offer of transition benefits for acquired employees under a seller’s plans can be tricky