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Joy M. Napier-Joyce

Office Managing Shareholder

P   410-415-2028
F   410-415-2001

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Joy M. Napier-Joyce is the Office Managing Shareholder of the Baltimore, Maryland, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She also leads the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group.

Ms. Napier-Joyce counsels clients in a broad range of benefit matters, including general compliance and administration of qualified retirement plans under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She also assists clients with welfare plan issues involving cafeteria plans, health plans, flexible spending accounts, group insurance products, COBRA and HIPAA. Ms. Napier-Joyce has a particular focus on assisting employers with the various compliance requirements associated with federal health care reform, and has been a frequent speaker on the topic. Her practice also includes advice on non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements and other executive compensation matters, including issues related to compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ms. Napier-Joyce represents clients in dealings with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, including EPCRS applications, private letter rulings, determination letter applications and plan audits. She negotiates with outside benefits providers, including prototype plan sponsors, third party administrators, insurers, actuaries and auditors and assists clients with benefits issues arising in corporate mergers and acquisitions. She also counsels both public and private clients on a wide array of tax and securities law issues in relation to equity-based arrangements.

During law school, Ms. Napier-Joyce was the Book Review and Topics Editor for the Boston University Law Review.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • The Contemporary Museum, Board of Trustees Member

Published Works

  • "It’s Time to Correct Those 409A Mistakes," The Daily Record (September 2010) [Co-Author]

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August 17, 2015
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective... Read More

June 26, 2015
Human Resource Executive Online

Joy Napier-Joyce Discusses Implications of King v. Burwell

June 26, 2015

Joy Napier-Joyce discusses implications of the King v. Burwell decision in Human Resource Executive Online's "King v. Burwell: Now the Work Must Continue." Subscription may be required to view article. Read More

June 25, 2015
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Joy Napier-Joyce Comments on King v. Burwell

June 25, 2015

Joy Napier-Joyce comments on the recent King v. Burwell decision in Law 360’s “Attorneys React To Supreme Court's ACA Save.” Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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August 21, 2015

Final Regulations on Contraceptive Coverage under Affordable Care Act – the Religious Exemption

August 21, 2015

The Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services have released Final Regulations providing much-needed guidance with respect to defining a “closely-held corporation.” The Final Regulations, released on July 14, 2015, also provide guidelines for establishing a religious objection for purposes of qualifying for... Read More

June 25, 2015

What the Supreme Court’s Decision on Affordable Care Act Subsidies Means for Employers

June 25, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service was authorized to issue regulations extending health insurance subsidies to coverage purchased through health insurance exchanges run by the federal government or a state, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision. King v. Burwell, No. 14-114 (June 25, 2015). This means employers... Read More

February 12, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court: Ordinary Contract Principles Apply to Whether Retiree Health Benefits Survive Expired Bargaining Agreement

February 12, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has established a new standard requiring that collective bargaining agreements, including those that establish ERISA plans, be interpreted by using ordinary principles of contract law. M&G Polymers USA, LLC, et al. v. Tackett, et al., No. 13-1010 (U.S. Jan. 26, 2015). The decision dealt a crushing blow to an... Read More

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Employee Relief Charities – The Unbenefit That Keeps On Giving
December 23, 2014

Especially during the holidays, but also throughout the year, both employers and employees often seek a means of financially assisting distressed coworkers and their families. Read More

Affordable Care Act Employer Penalties – Another Reason to Make Sure Workers are Properly Classified as Employees or Independent Contractors
August 14, 2014

Beginning next year, an applicable large employer that does not offer affordable minimum value group health coverage to its fulltime employees (and their children up to age 26) will be vulnerable to employer shared responsibility penalties under Internal Revenue Code §4980H.  Whether an employer is an “applicable large employer” depends o Read More

Dueling Decisions in the 4th and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals Spell More ACA Uncertainty for Employers
July 23, 2014

Just as employers are gearing up to prepare for compliance with the Shared Responsibility rules under the ACA, a pair of decisions from two federal appeals courts has thrown a curve ball into what was already a complicated assessment of risk for employers and raised new questions. The U.S. Read More