Suggestions for the DOL, the Treasury, ERISA Plan Sponsors, Plan Administrators, and Representatives of Plan Participants or Potential Beneficiaries After Kennedy v. Plan Administrator of DuPont Savings and Investment Plan

Source: Albert Feuer, Law Offices of Albert Feuer, May 10, 2009

From the abstract:
In Kennedy v. DuPont Savings and Investment Plan (the “DuPont Plan”), 2009 U.S. LEXIS 869 (January 26, 2009) the Supreme Court appeared to proclaim a “bright-line rule” that plan documents determine ERISA plan distributions. However, the Court blurred the bright-line rules applicable to (1) benefit entitlements, (2) the alienation of pension benefits, (3) plan benefit distributions, and (4) qualified domestic relations orders. The basis for much of this blurring would vanish if the U. S. Department of Labor (“the DOL”), and the U. S. Treasury (“the Treasury”) affirmed their pre-Kennedy approach to many of these issues. Employee benefit practices may be improved if the DOL, the Treasury, plan sponsors, plan administrators, and representatives of plan participants and potential plan beneficiaries follow the suggestions set forth.
See also:
Feuer on the Kennedy Case – Source: Workplace Prof Blog, Law Professor Blogs, LLC, February 2, 2009
Feuer on the Supreme Court’s Approach to Death Benefits – Source: Workplace Prof Blog, Law Professor Blogs, LLC, February 8, 2009
Detailed Guidance on Kennedy v. DuPont – Source: Workplace Prof Blog, Law Professor Blogs, LLC, February 20, 2009

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