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Joshua Rafsky


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Joshua Rafsky is an Associate in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice focuses on various aspects of employee benefits law and executive compensation, including ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Mr. Rafsky has extensive experience in the design, implementation and compliance of qualified retirement plans. He also has experience with health and welfare plans, executive compensation, and the benefits issues present in mergers and acquisitions. 

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Rafsky served as in-house employee benefits counsel, and has also served as an associate in the employee benefits group of a large law firm. Immediately following law school, Mr. Rafsky served as a judicial law clerk at the Michigan Supreme Court.

Honors and Recognitions

  • National LGBT Bar Association, Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - 2011

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association

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August 22, 2018

Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Joshua Rafsky and Kathryn Wheeler Author "What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Auto-IRA Program"

August 22, 2018

Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Joshua Rafsky and Kathryn Wheeler author "What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Auto-IRA Program," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 21, 2018
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Joshua Rafsky Discusses Illinois' Secure Choice Savings Program

August 21, 2018

Joshua Rafsky discusses Illinois Secure Choice and the potential legal penalties if employers fail to comply with withholding requirements in "Potential penalties loom for employers who fail to withhold worker pay under Secure Choice," published by the Cook County Record. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

November 2, 2016

Joshua Rafsky Discusses Health Plan Changes Employers Should Make by Jan.1

November 2, 2016

Joshua Rafsky discusses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nondiscrimination regulations taking effect Jan. 1 in "2 health plan changes you may need to make before Jan. 1," published by Subscription may be required to view article Read More


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August 17, 2018

Illinois Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program No Longer Mandatory?

August 17, 2018

The future of the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) is uncertain following Governor Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto that could make employer participation in the Secure Choice program optional. The legislation, as enacted, makes participation in the Secure Choice program mandatory for covered employers that do... Read More

August 13, 2018

What Employers Need to Know About the Illinois Secure Choice Mandatory Retirement Savings Program

August 13, 2018

Employers in Illinois with at least 25 employees must comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (Secure Choice) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Secure Choice is set to roll out in November 2018. Secure Choice applies to Illinois employers that do not sponsor a qualified retirement plan. The... Read More

July 18, 2018

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Summer 2018

July 18, 2018

In this issue: New Agency Guidance Makes Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Enforcement a Priority. A review of the parity compliance issues for plans and insurers providing mental health and substance use disorder benefits. Finding Missing Participants in a Regulatory Fog. A discussion of the efforts of the Department... Read More

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IRS No Longer Forbids Pension Plans From Offering Lump Sum Payouts To Retirees Currently Receiving Payments
April 1, 2019

Over the past several years, sponsors of defined benefit pension plans have examined and implemented ways to reduce their pension liabilities. Read More

IRS Proposed Regulations Implementing Changes To Hardship Distribution Rules
November 26, 2018

Earlier this year we reported on legislative changes that modified the requirements related to hardship distributions from 401(k) plans.  Recently, the IRS issued proposed regulations that if finalized will implement those changes. Read More

IRS Finalizes Regulations Allowing Plan Forfeitures to Fund QNECS and QMACS
August 17, 2018

The IRS recently finalized regulations that allow 401(k) plans to use forfeiture money to fund qualified non-elective contributions (“QNECs”) and qualified matching contributions (“QMACs”).  These regulations finalize proposed regulations issued last year (you can read our prior coverage of the proposed regulations here). Read More