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Retirement plans that are protected by federal legislation

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is federal legislation that allows government officials to maintain oversight over different employee-administered welfare plans and benefits. Some of the programs that federal officials oversee include health insurance policies and pensions. ERISA only covers two types of retirement plans, including defined contribution and benefit ones.

Who qualifies for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act?

If you have a job with health insurance, then you may not want to do anything to jeopardize your access to those benefits. What happens if you leave your job though? You may assume that you'll become uninsured if you do. That's not necessarily the case though. You may qualify for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) coverage.

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act protects your money

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on Sept. 2, 1974. Although it's undergone many updates since then, it has much the same aim as it originally did. ERISA was enacted to make sure that those who manage health insurance, retirement accounts and other welfare programs are held to high standards and to make sure that they're properly managed.

Plan ambiguity costs employer $4 million

The pension plans and benefits packages of private sector employees in the District of Columbia and around the country are protected by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. ERISA claims are often filed over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties connected to complex stock transactions, but they may also arise when plan documents contain language that could be subject to more than one interpretation. Such a dispute was recently argued in a federal court in Connecticut over how the word 'maximum" in a life insurance policy should be interpreted.

What to consider before signing an employment contract

Employers in the Washington, D.C., area operate in one of the nation's most competitive job markets. Attracting qualified candidates will usually require offering a comprehensive benefits package as well as an attractive salary. Many of the benefits offered by employers must comply with standards outlined in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, but companies also consider industry standards and their current and future financial obligations when deciding what to offer their employees. This means that employment contracts are often complex documents that can be difficult to understand.

The protections offered by ERISA

Employees in the Washington, D.C., area and throughout the country may be covered by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). It applies to most retirement and health plans, and it sets rules as to the information employees who are covered by an ERISA plan are entitled to know. It's worth noting that this legislation does not apply to most plans created outside of the United States. ERISA also doesn't apply to plans that were created or overseen by employees, government agencies or churches.

Outdated mortality table questioned in ERISA lawsuit

A major purpose of ERISA is to help employees in Washington, D.C., and around the country secure appropriate retirement and health benefits. However, benefit payments may not be dished out correctly if old data is used to determine annuity payment amounts. This, in a nutshell, is what's at the heart of a lawsuit involving a large military shipbuilding company's non-single-life-annuity plans.

Settlement in retirement account lawsuit against MFS

Some employees in Washington, D.C. may have had the experience of having their retirement funds mismanaged by the investment manager in charge of them. The company Massachusetts Financial Services Co. agreed to a settlement of $6.875 million after a lawsuit was filed in July 2017 by employees who alleged that the company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The settlement document was filed on June 14.

Multiple ERISA cases seek Supreme Court review

Many District of Columbia workers depend on private employer-sponsored retirement plans. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 directs the operation of defined contribution plans, but some view the law as in need of a legislative overhaul. Until such a correction might be forthcoming, retirement plan disputes must be settled through private talks or litigation. Inconsistent decisions in lower courts, however, have inspired a deluge of petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States.


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