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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

UNUM Group to Pay $5.55 Million in Fines Over Hidden Fees

Fran Lysiak of reported that "Disability insurer Unum Group has agreed to pay $5.55 million in fines and penalties to the federal government for failing to disclose hidden fees it paid to a broker, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California said. The fees were required to be reported as called for under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, prosecutors said." To read the full article, go to:

ERISA is the law that regulates employee benefit plans offered by private companies in the United States. By agreeing to such a huge fine, UNUM provides us even more evidence of its disregard for the the U.S. Department of Labor's ERISA regulations. The U.S. Attorney's office found that UNUM was actively concealing the fees paid by UNUM for insurance commissions and disclosures related to group benefit plans. As the U.S. Attorney was quoted as saying, the regulations requiring disclosure, exist "to promote transparency." So much for transparency when the biggest disability insurance company simply ignores the rules and will only follow them when the government threatens prosecution.

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