|Our group holds bi-monthly conference calls open to all interested members of the RPTE section, as well as special "Study Group" calls to discuss current/breaking issues of interest. The calls generally are held at 1:00 pm ET on the first Friday of every other odd month. The schedule for 2013-2014 is below. Please join us!|
EXCEPT AS NOTED, THE CALL-IN NUMBER FOR ALL CALLS IS: 1-866-646-6488 (THE PASSCODE MAY CHANGE FOR EACH CALL AND BE ANNOUNCED SEPARATELY). PARTICIPATION IN THE CONFERENCE CALL IS COMPLIMENTARY (NO CHARGE) FOR RPTE MEMBERS.
We held a call led by the Welfare Benefits Committee on July 26, 2013, at 1 PM (Eastern), Noon (Central), 11 AM (Mountain), and 10 AM (Pacific) for a discussion of the impact of the Supreme Court Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) decision on Employee Benefit Plans and other ACA Hot Topics.
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Windsor v. United States that found Section 3 of the DOMA to be unconstitutional. As a result, ERISA and all federal laws must now recognize a same sex marriage which is valid under state law. The decision will have far-ranging implications for employee benefit plans.
We discussed the case and explore the various implications the decision will have on various benefit plans, including pension plans, health plans and cafeteria plans. We learned about issues that may arise in the future as the full impact of the decision is realized, and what employers, employee benefits administrators and legal experts should be looking at now to make sure welfare benefit plans are following the law.
We also discussed the latest on ACA compliance issues, notably the recently released HHS regulations proposing to change how the marketplace will verify enrollee’s income status. We also learned about proposed HHS regulations that will give the states setting up their own exchanges until 2015 to begin random sampling of enrollees’ employer-insurance status.
The call was led by:
Elizabeth Leight, Director of Government Relations and Legal Affairs, The Society of Professional Benefit Administrators
Cindy Stamer, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, PC; and
Bernard Kearse, The Kearse Law Firm, PC.
A conference call was held and led by the Fiduciary Responsibility, Administration and Litigation on September 13, 2013, at 1 PM (Eastern), Noon (Central), 11 AM (Mountain), and 10 AM (Pacific) for a discussion of the impact of the following topics:
• Fiduciary governance issues created by “canned” plan documents
• “ERISA 408(b)(2)” audits
• Fiduciary training - a DOL audit checklist item
• Issues related to delinquent contributions
The call was led by:
Lisa Van Fleet, Bryan Cave, LLP
Chuck Thulin, Ekman, Bohrer & Thulin, P.S.; and
Lori Oliphant, Winstead, PC. A recording of the conference call is found below if you missed it.
On November 15, 2013, the RPTE Employee Benefits Group’s Plan Transactions and Terminations Committee held a call. Our discussion delved into current developments in areas of interest, including:
• Recent case law that expands PBGC’s ability to effectively pursue foreign controlled group members;
• Potential liability of private equity funds for pension liabilities of their portfolio companies;
• IRS Rulings that permit terminating plans to pay lump sum distributions to retirees who are already in pay status;
• Possible legislative changes affecting minimum funding requirements and PBGC premiums;
• PBGC's proposed regulatory changes to its reportable events rules and to its premium rules; and
• Update on other PBGC litigation, regulatory, and enforcement developments of interest.
The call was led by the Plan Transactions and Terminations Committee, chaired by John Paliga of Gordon Feinblatt LLC and vice-chaired by Christina Crockett of T. Rowe Price and Harold Ashner and Stan Hecht of Keightley & Ashner LLP.
Please contact Henry Talavera at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about out Group and our calls. Our next call was held on January 17, 2013.
The Welfare Benefit Plans Committee presented a program on “The Changing Definition of Family after the Windsor Decision” and the impact on benefit plan and related matters. This discussion provided insight on the year’s widely publicized DOMA decision, and special health care reform rules impacting who qualifies as a welfare benefit plan dependent, implications for FMLA and USERRA and the host of rules broadening the scope of relationships afforded family-style protections for employment leave and employee benefit purposes.
The call was led by:
Cynthia Stamer, Cynthia Marcotte Stamer, PC; and
Elizabeth Leight, Director overnment Relations and Legal Affairs, Society of Professional Benefit Administrators
January 17, 2014 Welfare Plans Committee Conference Call Recording