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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

ERISA and Pension Plans (ELD-501)


Various (self-study, self-paced).

Various, distance learning format.

December 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: describe ERISA’s history and purpose and its structure and application, including the fiduciary duties it establishes; analyze the treatment of qualified retirement plans under ERISA; differentiate between the types of retirement plans that ERISA covers; and explain how ERISA applies to health insurance plans and other employer-sponsored benefits related to the health and welfare of employees.


This course focuses on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, better known as ERISA. It covers the rules governing retirement accounts, welfare plans, and other employee benefits. The course looks at the employer’s responsibilities under ERISA and the nuts and bolts of ensuring the compliance of qualified plans with federal regulation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category OR in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Estate Planning, Employee Benefits, Taxation, Financial Planning, Legal Studies, or Human Resources (6/21).