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COBRA premium subsidy extended

USA - January 7 2010 On Saturday, December 19, 2009, President Obama signed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2009 (the "Act")....

2009 and year end changes affecting group health plans

USA - December 23 2009 This year is fast coming to a close....

Denial of pension for independent contractor upheld

USA - December 2 2009 In Scruggs v. ExxonMobil Pension Plan, 10th Circuit No. 08-6145, November 9, 2009, the Court upheld a plan administrator’s denial of the pension benefits claimed by a putative independent contractor....

To err is human; to forgive is a relief - court reforms plan for drafting error

USA - December 2 2009 In a 106-page decision, the Federal District Court in Young v. Verizon’s Bell Atlantic Cash Balance Plan, N.D. Ill., No. 05 C 7314, November 2, 2009 applied the equitable doctrine of reformation to correct a scrivener’s error in the plan document....

Briefly on benefits (November 2009)

USA - November 3 2009 A new statute enacted October 9, 2008 which is effective for plan years beginning one year after the date of enactment (for example, January 1, 2010 for a calendar year plan) must allow certain dependants who otherwise would lose coverage to remain covered under the plan for up to an additional year....