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256.4 sec. 1 - Employee Benefits Law (Spring 2014)

Instructor: Jeffrey Lewis  (view instructor's profile)
Instructor: Todd Jackson  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 6:25-8:15
Meeting Location: 111

Course Start: January 09, 2014
Class Number (1Ls): 49768 (section 2)
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49766

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:
Tax, Estates, and Trusts

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  • Pension and Employee Benefit Law, 5th
    John H. Langbein, David Pratt, Susan J. Stabile,
    Edition: 2010
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599416267
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $203.00
    Price Source: user provided

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