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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Church Plan ERISA Exemption

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Breach of Contract, Church Plans, Disability Insurance, ERISA, Government Plans, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts June 09, 2017

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as ERISA, protects employees from unanticipated losses in retirement or pension plans.  As we have discussed in several articles on the topic, ERISA safeguards such plans by establishing strict protections and requirements on the administration of most employer-sponsored health, disability, life, retirement and other employee benefits plans.  However, ERISA does not govern all employer-sponsored benefit plans.  In general, ERISA carves out exemptions for those plans established or maintained by a government or church entity.

Just a few days ago, in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, the United States Supreme Court determined a significant question affecting pension plans run by church-affiliated hospitals.  As we predicted months ago, the …

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