July 01, 2017

Church Plans at the Supreme Court: Employee Benefit Plans of Church-Affiliated Healthcare Organizations May Still Qualify as Church Plans Under ERISA

Jason P. Lacey, Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita, KS

In Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton,1 the Supreme Court unanimously2 upheld the ability of certain church-affiliated organizations, including church-affiliated nonprofit healthcare organizations, to sponsor employee benefit plans that are “church plans” within the meaning of Section 3(33) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

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