EBIA Weekly Newsletter

Supreme Court Rules Narrowly for Baker Who Refused to Provide Cake for Same-Sex Wedding Because of Religious Beliefs


   June 7, 2018

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colo. Civil Rights Comm’n, 2018 WL 2465172 (U.S. 2018) Available at https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_new_d1of.pdf The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a state-court ruling that a baker violated a state antidiscrimination law by refusing to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple due to his religious opposition to same-sex … Read More


Court Allows Medical Provider to Appeal Claim Denial on Behalf of Plan Participant


   June 7, 2018

Abdilnour v. Blue Cross of Idaho Health Serv. Inc., 2018 WL 2088737 (D. Idaho 2018) Available at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-idd-1_17-cv-00412/pdf/USCOURTS-idd-1_17-cv-00412-0.pdf A federal trial court has ruled that a medical provider may appeal a claim denial on behalf of a group health plan participant for purposes of ERISA’s administrative exhaustion requirement. In this case, … Read More


What Happens to Qualified Transportation Plan Balances Upon Termination of Employment?


   June 7, 2018

QUESTION: Our company wants to adopt a qualified transportation plan that would offer employer contributions toward mass transit expenses and allow employees to use pre-tax compensation reductions to pay for any additional qualified transportation expenses. How should our plan handle unused balances credited to terminating employees? Must they be immediately forfeited? Are employer and pre-tax … Read More