Collective Bargaining Agreement

The Sixth Circuit has decided two new cases regarding ERISA lifetime retiree healthcare benefits under a collective bargaining agreement, continuing to put a thumb on the scale in favor of vested benefits, but recognizing that an employer may have the right to make “reasonable modifications” to those benefits.
Continue Reading More Case Law Regarding Documentation Required to Revise or Terminate Negotiated Retiree Healthcare Benefits

In Tackett v. M&G Polymers, USA, LLC, No. 07-4515/4516 (6th Cir. Apr. 3, 2009), the Sixth Circuit reversed dismissal of a retiree class action lawsuit, finding that the language in the Collective Bargaining Agreement demonstrated an intent to vest retiree medical benefits sufficient to survive a motion to dismiss.
Continue Reading An Important Reminder: Collective Bargaining Agreements Can Prevent Employers from Reducing or Terminating Retiree Medical Benefits