Anticipated Regulatory Changes and Realities Under the New Administration: Update on the New DOL Rules on Fiduciaries and Claims Procedures and Key Agency Activity Impacting ERISA Claims and Litigation

November 2, 2017 10:00am

Evanthia Voreadis
Associate General Counsel ERISA, Compensation and Benefits
Citigroup Inc.

Gregory L. Ash
Partner
Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP

Michael Collins
Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

  • Deciphering the new DOL Fiduciary Rule and its impact on ERISA litigation
    • Update on the rule’s implementation and its implications
    • Anticipated new litigation and theories of liability
  • Examining the new DOL Claims Procedures for Plans Providing Disability Benefits and its impact on claims administration and appeals
  • Evaluating the possible revival of the DOL opinion letter program
  • Assessing the latest DOL ERISA litigation positions and priorities under the new leadership of Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta
    • EBSA’s latest enforcement initiatives and activity
  • Survey of other relevant agency activity impacting ERISA claims, including IRS, EEOC, and PBGC
    • Revisiting the IRS Determination Letter Program: the coming scale-back and its implications
    • PBGC updates:
      • Withdrawal liability update – approved amendment to withdrawal liability rules
      • Information gathering with respect to de-risking activity