Plan Must Be Established By Church To Qualify For Exception, 7th Circuit Says

Mealey's (March 21, 2016, 10:50 AM EDT) -- CHICAGO — A retirement plan established by a church-affiliated organization is not exempt from the reach of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled March 17 (Maria Stapleton, et al. v. Advocate Health Care Network, No. 15-1368, 7th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4908).

(Decision available. Document #54-160413-031Z.)

According to Circuit Judges William Bauer, Michael Kanne and Ilana Rovner, contrary to the position advanced on appeal by defendant Advocate Health Care Network — Illinois’ largest health care provider —...
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