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Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton

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Supreme Court Rules Pension Plans of Religiously Affiliated Organizations Exempt from ERISA By René E. Thorne an

Jackson Lewis P.C. • June 07, 2017
ERISA’s “church plan” exemption applies to pension plans maintained by church-affiliated organizations such as healthcare facilities, even if the plans were not established by a church, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously, 8-0. Advocate Health Care Network et al. v. Stapleton et al., Nos. 16-74; 16-86; 16-258 (June 5, 2017). (Justice Neil Gorsuch did not participate in the decision because the case was argued before he joined the Court.)

Church-Affiliated Employers Get Win As SCOTUS Clarifies ERISA Exemption

Fisher Phillips • June 06, 2017
In a unanimous 8-0 decision published today, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled that employee benefit plans sponsored by church-affiliated organizations will qualify for the “church plan” exemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regardless of whether the plan was originally adopted or established by a church. This decision is a huge win for those church-affiliated employers such as hospitals and schools which have historically relied on the exemption from ERISA in the design and administration of their benefit programs (Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton).