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Supreme Court Extends Church Plan Exemption to Church-Affiliated Entities

Last week the Supreme Court, in the case Advocate Health Network v. Stapleton, unanimously held that a plan did not have to be established by a church in order to qualify for the church plan exemption under ERISA. The Court concluded that employee benefit plans established by church-affiliated organizations can also qualify for the exemption, regardless of whether the plan was established by an actual church. The decision reversed three federal appeals court decisions that had reached an opposite conclusion. 

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