On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in <i>Advocate Health Care v. Stapleton,</i> holding that faith-based hospital pension plans are covered by the “church plan” exemption under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Under ERISA, private employers must fully fund their pensions, pay premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and comply with stringent disclosure requirements, unless they are subject to an exemption. In the 1980s, Congress expanded...
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