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256.4 sec. 1 - Employee Benefits Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Todd Jackson  
Instructor: Jeffrey Lewis  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: W 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 244

Course Start: January 09, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49817 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49814

The course will focus on employee benefit plans sponsored by private employers under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA governs a wide range of retirement and welfare benefit programs, including plans providing pension, 401(k), profit-sharing, medical, and long-term disability benefits. Private employer benefit plans play an essential role in the U.S., providing benefits that are paid for by the government in many other developed nations. Employee benefits impact virtually every company and employee, and benefit plans are the largest single source of investment capital in this country. However, the role of benefit plans is now in flux, as shown by the demise of traditional pension plans and the new health care reform act (the Affordable Care Act). Course topics will include fiduciary duties and litigation over them, ERISA preemption and its effects on state attempts to regulate health care and insurance, minimum requirements for pension plans,litigation over benefits for same sex partners, upcoming changes under the Affordable Care Act, and remedies available under ERISA. The course also will cover the current debate and litigation over public employee retirement benefits. Knowledge of employee benefits law is valuable for all attorneys and a must for employment, labor, business, tax, and tort attorneys.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Work Law
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Business Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • Pension and Employee Benefit Law, 5th
    John H. Langbein, David Pratt, Susan J. Stabile,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599416267
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $93.40
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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