Some people in Washington, D.C., may be aware of a number of recent lawsuits brought by college and university employees against their employers regarding retirement plan mismanagement. In a case involving the University of California, a federal appeals court ruled on July 24 that investors could not be forced to settle their claims in arbitration.
The Department of Labor has changed a rule about health benefits that could affect workers in the District of Columbia and across the country, particularly those who work for small businesses. The rule change was prompted by a 2017 executive order by President Trump and is intended to promote the creation of Association Health Plans or AHPs. These plans are designed to provide a form of group health insurance for small employers who come together to form an association. Because they can be considered large group policies rather than small group or individual policies, they are exempt from some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
If a District of Columbia resident files a claim for disability benefits under an ERISA plan, that claim may be denied. If it is, the exact reasons for the denial will be sent to the applicant. This will be done either electronically or in writing, and electronic notices will be provided in a way that conforms with the law. In addition to the reason for the denial, a notice will include information as to what information may be needed to overturn it.