Employee Benefits

A Few Words from Incoming Union & Employee Co-Chair John Harney

I am humbled and honored to have become the Union & Employee Co-Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee, effective September 2020. I stand on the shoulders of those who have preceded me, most recently Ben Eisner, whose leadership has been crucial to the success the EBC has enjoyed these last three years. He set a daunting standard to follow. I look forward to working with my fellow Co-Chairs, Cassie Ayeni, Aliya Robinson and Joanne Roskey to build on their work and that of prior Co-Chairs and EBC members who have made this dynamic Committee so successful.

Employee Benefits

Sixth Circuit Recognizes Benefit Plan’s Equitable Lien on Overpayment

A recent federal appeals court ruling provides guidance to benefit plans seeking to recover benefit overpayments made to plan participants or beneficiaries. In Zirbel v. Ford Motor Co., __ F.3d.__, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 36081 (6th Cir. 2020), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling requiring a beneficiary to return $243,190 in retirement benefit overpayments made by Ford Motor Company (“Ford”).

Employee Benefits

God's (Pension) Plan: ERISA Church Plan Litigation in the Aftermath of Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton

In 2018, Karen Bradley learned that the entire pension on which she was relying for retirement was gone. Ms. Bradley was a nurse for twenty-four years at St. Clare’s Hospital of Schenectady, New York (St. Clare’s), where her father had previously worked as a pharmacist. Time and time again, St. Clare’s promised her a pension, and she planned her retirement believing that she would have this source of income.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the EBC Newsletter is to publish articles of professional interest to the membership of the Employee Benefits Committee (EBC).