On December 2, 2016, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in three “church plan” cases, thereby agreeing to review three unanimous appellate decisions that non-church organizations are not able to claim the church plan exemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Court is considering Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, Dignity Health v. Rollins, and Saint Peter’s Healthcare System v. Kaplan together as one consolidated case.

On March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the consolidated cases. The Court is expected to rule by June 30, 2017 on the question of whether a non-church organization may nevertheless claim the “church plan” exemption from ERISA’s protections.

More information about the individual “church plan” cases being considered before the Court can be found at the following links:

Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC has litigated over twenty “church plan” cases.  An overview of these cases is available here.