EBSA to Issue Final Rule Regarding Civil Penalties Against Multiemployer Plan Sponsors for Certain ERISA Violations
In tomorrow’s edition of the Federal Register, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will publish a final rule (pdf) that outlines procedures relating to the assessment of civil penalties against sponsors of multiemployer pension plans for certain violations of section 305 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) added section 305 to ERISA, which sets forth additional rules for multiemployer defined benefit pension plans that are in endangered or critical status. The PPA gave the Secretary of Labor authority to assess civil penalties not exceeding $1,100 per day against any plan sponsor of a multiemployer plan that fails to follow these additional rules and procedures. According to the EBSA, the final rule sets forth how the maximum penalty amounts are computed, identifies the circumstances under which a penalty may be assessed, outlines certain procedural rules for the Department of Labor (DOL) and filing by a plan sponsor, and provides a plan sponsor with a means to contest an assessment by the DOL.
The rule takes effect on March 29, 2010.
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