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Debunking SPD Myths: Part 1


The SPD basics, and (almost) every plan sponsor needs one.

Any employer that sponsors retirement, health, or other types of welfare plans should be aware of the requirement to supply a summary plan description (SPD) to their employees. However, there are often wrong impressions or misunderstandings with regard to different SPD requirements. This white paper is part one of a multi-part series on SPD compliance that will shed some light on these misunderstandings, and offer some useful advice for employers to comply with the SPD requirements.



Eric W. Gregory

Eric W. Gregory

Dickinson Wright PLLC

  • Attorney in the Troy, Michigan office of Dickinson Wright
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation programs
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous employee benefits issues such as ERISA compliance and best practices, avoiding litigation risk for sponsors of retirement plans, and employer fiduciary duties under ERISA
  • Author of several publications related to employee benefits such as Surviving an IRS or DOL Retirement Plan Audit: Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail, Here Comes the Department of Labor: Retirement Plan Audits Begin for Code Section 401(a)(9) Compliance, and Missing Participants Policy and Procedure
  • Awards include Up and Coming Lawyer, Chambers USA 2020 – present; Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2023; Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016 – present; Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyers, Class of 2017; DBusiness Magazine Top Lawyer, Employee Benefits Law, 2016 – present
  • Past chair of State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section’s Employee Benefits Committee and past chair of Oakland County Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee
  • Taxation Council Member, State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section
  • LL.M. degree in taxation, certificate in employee benefits law, Georgetown University Law Center; J.D. degree, Wayne State University; B.A. degree in political theory and constitutional democracy, Phi Beta Kappa, Michigan State University, James Madison College
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 248-433-7669

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