Recorded July 12, 2017
On June 5, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a pension plan sponsored by a religiously-affiliated nonprofit organization does not have to be “established” by a church in order to be treated as a church plan exempt from ERISA. This decision has significant implications, and there are a number of issues that the decision did not resolve.
Employers who manage pension and welfare plans that may be subject to the church plan exemption and service providers to those plans need to understand the repercussions of this decision and what they should do moving forward.
What You Will Learn
Our authoritative panel, including one of the co-counsel for the employees in the litigation, will address:
- The legal background of these cases
- What issues are unresolved and what may happen in the lower courts
- Potential implications beyond defined benefit pension plans, such as for 403(b) plans, 457 plans and welfare plans
- Potential policy implications
- Best practices for churches and religiously affiliated health systems, schools, and other nonprofits with employee benefit plans, and what they should do moving forward to satisfy the church plan definition
Have a question for the faculty? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions submitted during the program will be answered live by the faculty. In addition, all registrants will receive a set of downloadable course materials to accompany the program.
Who Should Attend
Attorneys who advise employers and/or service providers of pension and welfare plans that may be subject to the church plan exemption will benefit from listening to this program from American Law Institute CLE.
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