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Posts from February 2010.

In a recent opinion, the Indiana Court of Appeals reaffirmed the rule that involuntary annexation ordinances can only include parcels that touch one another in Town of Dyer v. Town of St. John, No. 45A03-0908-CV-360 (January 20, 2010). In 2008, the Town of Dyer introduced an ordinance to annex three parcels. All of the parcels adjoined the town, but they did not adjoin each other. The town ...

A recent IRS audit project revealed that the most common error made by sponsors of small defined contribution plans (plans with assets between $100,000 and $250,000) is failure to purchase adequate bonding insurance for plan administrators and fiduciaries who handle pension funds.

Under ERISA, benefits plans are generally required to purchase bonding insurance equal to at least ...

In a recent newsletter article, (click HERE for article), we wrote about the Supreme Court’s pro-employer holding in Gross v. FBL Financial Services. In that case, the Court held that the mixed-motive analysis applied to Title VII claims did not apply to claims brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). While Title VII expressly recognizes mixed-motive ...

Local communities looking for a competitive edge in the site selection process should consider applying for Indiana’s site selection program for economic development, Shovel Ready. Shovel Ready applications are due Friday, April 16th. The program, which is administered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, lowers site development costs, improves state ...

On January 13, 2010, the Department of Labor released a final rule that establishes a safe harbor period of seven business days from the receipt of employee contributions for employers to forward the contributions to small pension and welfare plans.

Under previous rules and regulations, employee contributions to pension and welfare plans were considered “plan assets” on the ...

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