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Will the DOL continue to make ESOPs a compliance priority?

One question that has been on the minds of plan sponsors is how aggressive the Department of Labor (DOL) under President Trump will be compared to that of President Obama. In recent years, the DOL made a priority of investigating ERISA fiduciary issues, with a particular focus on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). After the DOL delayed the effective date of the ERISA fiduciary rule, some commentators speculated as to whether the DOL would scale back its priority on reviewing and auditing ESOPs. A recently filed case (Acosta v. Reliance Trust Co., Inc. , E.D.N.C., No. 5:17-cv-00214, complaint filed

Workforce Due Diligence Considerations When Purchasing a Company

While in the heat of negotiating, dealmakers can overlook potentially costly exposure in a variety of areas, such as employee benefits. As explained by Becca Kopp in our sister blog, Employer Law Report, in Ohio, buyers may incur unanticipated liability for workers’ compensation obligations, regardless of what is set forth in the documentation. This may be the case where the deal is negotiated between two parties, and even where the buyer is acquiring through an intermediary bank or receivership. Accordingly, buyers are cautioned to make sure their due diligence related to employees is thorough.…

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