ERISA and Employment Benefits Post-DOMA and IRS Ruling
Amending Plans to Comply with New Mandates and Assessing Potential Retroactive Liability
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will provide counsel with a review of the impact of the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling and IRS Rev. Ruling 2013-17 for ERISA benefit plans and non-ERISA employment benefits and policies. The panel will discuss best practices for amending plans and policies for compliance and avoiding compliance pitfalls.
- Retirement plans
- Group health plans
- FMLA leave and other non-ERISA benefits and policies
- Payroll tax issues
- Retroactivity of the DOMA ruling: increased risks for employers?
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What are best practices for reviewing current ERISA benefit plans for compliance with the DOMA ruling and revising plans to minimize risk for future liability?
- What other employment practices and policies are impacted by the DOMA ruling and what steps should employers take now to amend or revise these policies?
- If recognition of same-sex marriages for benefits purposes is retroactive, will employers face liability for past benefits decisions or practices, and if so, what steps can employers take to minimize this exposure, absent any current guidance?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
Amanda A. Sonneborn
Ms. Sonneborn has considerable experience in ERISA and employee benefits litigation including defense of claims for... | Read More
Ms. Sonneborn has considerable experience in ERISA and employee benefits litigation including defense of claims for benefits, breach of fiduciary duty claims, cash balance plan claims, breach of contract claims, and ERISA Section 510 employment discrimination claims. She devotes a considerable amount of her practice to litigation of class-action and multi-plaintiff claims.Close
W. Andrew Douglass
Mr. Douglass has extensive experience with respect to the legal, financial, and administrative issues that affect... | Read More
Mr. Douglass has extensive experience with respect to the legal, financial, and administrative issues that affect qualified retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and other employee benefit arrangements, including issues that arise during mergers, acquisitions, and other business transactions.Close
Mr. Schwartz-Fenwick is particularly well-versed in ERISA benefits-related litigation defending complex class actions... | Read More
Mr. Schwartz-Fenwick is particularly well-versed in ERISA benefits-related litigation defending complex class actions and single-plaintiff suits. He has defended various types of class claims, including claims for benefits and claims for breach of fiduciary duty, including 401(k) fee litigation. In addition to his ERISA litigation practice, he has significant experience in general employment matters.Close