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Debunking SPD Myths: Part 2


Think That Emailing Your SPD to Employees Is Always Enough? Think Again

Employers are quite familiar with the obligation to prepare and dispense a summary plan description to their employees. The sample employers also believe that disclosure requirements from the Department of Labor are consistent with the practices and needs of the 21st century. Regrettably, this is usually not the case. It has been more than 15 years since the DOL disclosure regulations were updated, requiring employers to print and mail SPDs. As part two of the ongoing “Debunking SPD Myths” series, this white paper reviews the current state of the electronic disclosure requirements and offers tips on how employers can comply with the regulations.



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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