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Mixed Messages: Reports of the Fiduciary Rule’s Death may be Greatly Exaggerated

Mar 27, 2018 9:35:00 AM / by Mike Rogers posted in Supreme Court, DOL fiduciary rule, appeals court

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When Mark Twain learned that a newspaper had mistakenly printed his obituary, he reportedly responded by saying “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” We could say the same about the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule (the Rule), although it may be on life support.

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ERISA Exemption: How the Supreme Court’s Decision Impacts Church Plans

Jun 7, 2017 1:30:50 AM / by Deborah Hyde posted in church plans, Deborah Hyde, ERISA, ERISA exemption, hr compliance, Front Page Post, Supreme Court

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On June 5, the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) issued a unanimous decision in the case of Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapelton et al. that expands the ERISA exemption for church plans to include plans established by church-affiliated organizations. The decision is a departure from prior “plain text” judicial readings of the exemption, but it aligns with the interpretations of other federal agencies.

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