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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 ERISA exemption, hr compliance, Front Page Post, church plans, Deborah Hyde, ERISA, Supreme Court



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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