The decision breaks from other cases in which district and appellate judges have found plaintiffs did not meet strict pleading standards established by the influential Dudenhoeffer decision.
For the third year in a row, respondent companies to the ESOP Association's annual survey saw profits rise more than revenue, and a more than half of companies contributed more to their ESOPs than the average 401(k) match.
A letter to the president from members of Congress asks for protection against the DOL's practice of “regulation through litigation.”
"As businesses become more aware of employee ownership's advantages—which include higher corporate performance, a share in the rewards for employees, and a retirement plan that often outperforms other alternatives—it is easy to see employee ownership increasing,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling.
It would provide $500 million in support of employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) programs and would operate through the Small Business Administration.