2021 DOL Penalties for ERISA Health and Welfare Compliance Violations

On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published its annual announcement of civil monetary penalties for various employee benefits-related violations under ERISA, as in effect for the calendar year 2021. To encourage compliance with the law, ERISA imposes various sanctions, including fines, which are subject to adjustment each year for inflation. Legislation enacted in 2015 requires that the annual inflation-related adjustments be issued by no later than January 15th of each year.

This article addresses the 2021 monetary penalties for ERISA health and welfare plans.

The updated DOL penalty amounts for ERISA health and welfare plans for 2021, compared with the corresponding amounts for last year, appear below:

Effective Date. The penalty amount adjustments are effective for penalties assessed after January 15, 2021.

The information and content contained in this blog post are for general informational purposes only, and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice.


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