States sue DOL over new AHP rules

They said they would and they did. Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor (DOL) challenging DOL regulations liberalizing standards for creation and operation of Association Health Plans (AHPs). The complaint mirrors objections and comments submitted to DOL by a group of seventeen state attorneys general before the final rules were adopted.…

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Associated Industries v DOL update

In February, the Department of Labor (DOL) sued Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest, Associated Employers Health and Welfare Trust, Associated Industries Management Service, Inc. (AIMS), and several individuals responsible for managing the Trust. DOL alleges “fiduciary breaches, prohibited transactions, and knowing participation in same.” The thirty-one page civil suit against the Association and Trust…

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ERISA Violations Get More Expensive

I’ve always admired the modesty of regulatory agencies and their polite expression of force. You might be pleased to learn that the Department of Labor (DOL) just issued interim final rules “to adjust the amounts of civil penalties assessed or enforced in its regulations.” Of course, if you understand official language, you know that the…

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