DOL Proffers Three-Pronged Guidance on Cybersecurity Breaches for Retirement Plans

BY ANNE TYLER HALL AND ERIC SCHILLINGER  Cybersecurity has become a daily struggle for businesses. In the last decade, cybersecurity breaches soared, with companies like Capital One having more than 100 million individuals impacted.  The unprecedented technological challenges caused by the global pandemic have exacerbated the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of employers, many of which already struggled with Read More

Making it Rain: Anne Tyler Hall

Anna Rappaport (AR): You founded a boutique firm specializing in ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974). Given that this is typically an area of law that is part of a larger firm’s benefits and employment law practice, how did you decide to venture out on your own and start your own firm? Anne Tyler Hall (ATH): I grew up in large law firms, and the ERISA practice groups serviced the corporate Read More

How Benefits Can Ease Workers’ Return To The Office

By Emily Brill  Law360 (March 31, 2021, 7:04 PM EDT) -- As plans for bringing America's white-collar workforce back to the office begin taking shape, employers can ease the transition for their workers by making use of wellness programs, employee assistance programs and disease management programs.  Here, Law360 explores how employers can best utilize their benefit programs as workers return to the Read More

Doing the Math: Partial Plan Terminations and the Consolidated Appropriations Act

  The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, signed into law on December 27, 2020 (the “Act”), changes a myriad of different rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans and health and welfare benefits. Among the more significant of the Act’s changes is a temporary rule to provide relief for certain events related to COVID-19 that would otherwise be considered partial retirement plan terminations (which can Read More

How 2021 Appropriations Law Changes Employer Benefits

    Portfolio Media. Inc. | 111 West 19th Street, 5th floor | New York, NY 10011 | Phone: +1 646 783 7100 | Fax: +1 646 783 7161 | By Eric Schillinger and Anne Hall (January 27, 2021, 5:22 PM EST) The Consolidated Appropriations Act, a year-end budget bill that included COVID-19 stimulus relief, was signed into law by then-President Donald Trump Read More

Changes on the Horizon: Introducing the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2020

By Katharine Finley, Hall Benefits Law The end of 2019 and first portion of 2020 ushered in a myriad of legislative and regulatory changes to retirement plans. Late 2019 saw the passage of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act (the “SECURE Act”) which ushered in significant changes effective beginning in 2020. In the midst of rolling out the SECURE Act changes, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Read More

Looming Large: What a Biden Presidency Could Mean to The Retirement Plan Landscape

By Katharine Finley, Senior Compliance Counsel, and Anne Tyler Hall, Principal, Hall Benefits Law With the presidential election approaching quickly, many employers are interested in the impact to benefits in the event of a change in the administration. This article provides an overview of some of the potential changes that would have a significant impact on both employers and employees in the event of a Biden win Read More

Health Law Daily Wrap Up, STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES: Health law takes center stage at U.S. Supreme Court, (Oct. 5, 2020)

STRATEGIC PERSPECTIVES: Health law takes center stage at U.S. Supreme Court An Affordable Care Act (ACA) case and a federal preemption case involving Medicare and ERISA are before the High Court, with possibly more health law cases to come.  By Cathleen Calhoun, J.D. In the 2020-21 term, the U.S. Supreme Court justices will decide at least two important health law cases. The first is an Affordable Care Act Read More

What A Biden Win Could Mean For Employer Health Insurance

By Eric Schillinger and Anne Tyler Hall Over 155 million Americans — nearly half of the country's entire population — are covered by employer-sponsored health insurance.  During his campaign, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has proposed numerous significant changes to the U.S. health care system.  Although many of those proposals relate to Medicare, Medicaid and the individual insurance market Read More

Family ‘SECURity’: Early Withdrawal Tax Exception for Qualified Births and Adoptions

By Anne Tyler Hall and Katharine Finley, Hall Benefits Law The Setting Up Every Community for Retirement Enhancement Act (the “SECURE Act”), subsumed in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 and signed into law by President Trump in December 2019, effectuated a myriad of changes to qualified retirement plans. One of the more significant provisions in the SECURE Act includes the expansion of the Read More