Winter 2017-2018 Client Advisory

December 11, 2017 Alerts and Newsletters

This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefits and executive compensation over the past year. It offers insight into what these developments mean for employers and plan sponsors and previews developments we expect to see in 2018. The following topics are covered:

  • Tax Reform (Updated for Final Bill)
  • Wellness Program Rules Being Challenged and Enforced
  • Status of DOL Conflict of Interest Rule
  • Hurricane Victims Relief
  • New 409A Regulations Expected in 2018
  • 403(b) Plan Fee Litigation Update
  • (Not So) Final DOL Disability Benefit Claims Procedures Regulations
  • 2018 IRS Enforcement Priorities
  • End of IRS Determination Letter Program

A PDF of the 2017 Winter Advisory is available for download here. (updated on 12/27/2017 to reflect the final provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act).

A PDF summary of noteworthy federal cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeals relating to Employee Benefit Plans is available here.

Firm Highlights

Blog

Identifying Plan Assets in ERISA Health & Welfare Plans

Last month, we advised readers of this blog to consider efforts to formalize the fiduciary governance of their health and welfare benefit plans. In that post , we described some of the reasons that...

Blog

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA: A Webinar

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

Blog

ESG Ping-Pong®

The recent regulatory back-and-forth over the investment of ERISA-governed retirement plan assets based on environmental, social, and corporate governance (“ESG”) factors has demonstrated that ESG investing will remain under an intense spotlight for some...

News

Verrill Attorney Gregory Fryer Recognized as Top Author in JD Supra 2021 Readers Choice Awards

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill attorney Gregory Fryer was recognized as a top author for finance and banking in JD Supra’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards . The top ten authors were selected for each...

Event

2021 Employment Law Annual Update Series: Part Five

Join us for the fourth part of our 2021 Employment Law Annual Update! The virtual series will continue through the year on the third Thursday of each month . This year, we are taking...

Blog

Establish an Administrative Committee for Your ERISA Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

The fiduciary standards of ERISA apply to all employee benefit plans that are subject to Title I of ERISA. The duty of loyalty, the duty of prudence, and the duty to administer a plan...

News

Verrill Welcomes Highly Experienced Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Partner, William D. Jewett

(January 11, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorney William D. Jewett to the firm as a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, resident in the firm’s Boston, Massachusetts office...

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2020 Year-End Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF . This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans over the past year. It offers insight into what these developments mean for...

Blog

Pension Plan Mortality Table Litigation – What’s Next?

The first major settlement of a lawsuit challenging the mortality assumptions used to calculate pension plan benefits was announced earlier this year. According to court filings in Cruz v. Raytheon Company , the settlement...

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

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