Mind the Gap: Plan Fiduciaries and Protections for Participant Information

May 6-7, 2022
Brandon Hall
Brooklyn Law School Fiduciary Law Workshop

Under ERISA, welfare benefit plans and their fiduciaries owe duties to plan participants in managing the plan.  And under HIPAA and the HITECH amendments, plans and their business associates must keep personal health information confidential and secure.  However, there is currently a zone of uncertainty when it comes to the protection of private information for participants in ERISA-covered plans.  HIPAA and HITECH exclude business associates from certain coverages, while ERISA does not definitively extend fiduciary duties to the protection of personal information.  This article examines whether ERISA fiduciary duties would extend to the confidentiality of participant information, and whether the regulatory systems of ERISA and HIPAA should be amended to provide for greater data confidentiality, protection, and security.  More broadly, the paper examines whether fiduciary duties more generally encompass duties of confidentiality, and whether these duties extend to responsibility for information breaches stemming from negligence or even average (but less than recommended) levels of security.

Contact Us
  • Worldwide
  • Boston, MA
  • Denver, CO
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Edwardsville, IL
  • Jefferson City, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • London, England
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Wilmington, DE
Worldwide
abstract image of world map
Boston, MA
800 Boylston St.
30th Floor
Boston, MA 02199
Google Maps
Boston, Massachusetts
Denver, CO
4643 S. Ulster St.
Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237
Google Maps
Denver, Colorado
Dublin, Ireland
Fitzwilliam Hall, Fitzwilliam Place
Dublin 2,
Google Maps
Edwardsville, IL
115 N. Second St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Google Maps
Edwardsville, Illinois
Jefferson City, MO
101 E. High St.
First Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Google Maps
Jefferson City, Missouri
Kansas City, MO
2345 Grand Blvd.
Suite 1500
Kansas City, MO 64108
Google Maps
Kansas City, Missouri
Las Vegas, NV
3770 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Google Maps
Las Vegas, Nevada
London, England
200 Strand
London, WC2R 1DJ
Google Maps
Miami, FL
3250 Mary Street
Suite 102
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Google Maps
Photo of Miami, Florida
New York, NY
7 Times Square, 44th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Google Maps
New York City skyline
Philadelphia, PA
2005 Market Street
29th Floor, One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Google Maps
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Princeton, NJ
100 Overlook Center
Second Floor
Princeton, NJ 08540
Google Maps
Princeton, New Jersey
Salt Lake City, UT
201 South Main Street
Suite 750
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Google Maps
Salt Lake City, Utah
St. Louis, MO
7700 Forsyth Blvd.
Suite 1800
St. Louis, MO 63105
Google Maps
St. Louis, Missouri
Wilmington, DE
300 Delaware Avenue
Suite 210
Wilmington, DE 19801
Google Maps
Wilmington, Delaware