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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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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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September 7, 2017

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Summer/Fall 2017

September 7, 2017

In this issue: Proving Loss Causation in Breach of Fiduciary Claims – The Split Widens. Analysis of recent litigation trends involving loss causation, an important burden-of-proof issue in ERISA fiduciary claims. Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions. A summary of the most significant compensation... Read More

May 4, 2017

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Spring 2017

May 4, 2017

In this issue: Data Security Safeguards. When ERISA was enacted in 1974, it was not known the extent to which technology would allow us to maintain and transmit employee benefit plan data electronically. Learn how today’s technology and the changing data privacy rules affect employee benefit plans and... Read More

January 24, 2017

Employee Benefits Newsletter – Winter 2017

January 24, 2017

In this issue: HHS and ACA Enforcement under the Influence of a Trump Administration. A summary of some of the essential facts about enforcement of the Affordable Care Act by the Department of Health and Human Services. Continued Struggles Expected for the Internal Revenue Service. The Trump Administration is expected to continue... Read More

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February 19, 2018

Just a few weeks ago, the federal government avoided a potentially lengthy government shutdown when Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”). You may already know that the Act extends funding for the federal government until March 23, 2018. Read More

An Update on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule
July 7, 2017

The DOL’s much anticipated (or maligned depending on the audience) Fiduciary Rule expands the definition of what constitutes investment advice under ERISA and thereby increases the number and types of retirement plan service providers that are considered ERISA fiduciaries (see our prior coverage of the Fiduciary Rule here, here and here). Read More

The New ERISA Claims and Appeals Regulations for Disability Benefits
December 29, 2016

The Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor recently published final regulations governing the ERISA claims and appeals process that will apply to all claims for disability benefits filed on or after January 1, 2018. Read More