Mental Health Parity Act: A Compliance Wake-Up Call

By Tim Kennedy and Anne Hall (October 18, 2021) Recent developments suggest that the U.S. Department of Labor is taking a renewed and more aggressive approach to enforcing the Mental Health  Parity and Addiction Equity Act, or MHPAEA. First, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, or CAA, added a new and complex documentation requirement that will force group health plans and health insurance issuers to take Read More

Asset or Stock Purchase: Form of Transaction and the Impact to Employee Benefit Plans

Mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, or other reorganizations of a company can have a profound effect on employee benefit plans. For the purpose of this post, we’ll examine two common types of corporate transactions and the issues companies need to consider: Stock purchase – The buyer purchases all the stock of a company, and the seller does not retain any employees or benefit plans. Asset purchase – The Read More

SECURE Act 2.0: Congress Piggybacks on SECURE Act, Proposing Additional Incentives to Facilitate Retirement Plan Savings

By Anne Tyler Hall, Eric Schillinger, and Allison Richter* Hall Benefits Law Atlanta, GA *Anne Tyler Hall is the founding attorney of Hall Benefits Law, and her team counsels clients on fiduciary matters, healthcare reform, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and retirement plan legal issues. Eric Schillinger is Lead ERISA Counsel at HBL and concentrates his practice in the areas of Read More

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