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Melissa Ostrower

Principal
New York

P 212-545-4000
F 212-972-3213
OstrowerM@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Melissa Ostrower is a Principal in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She counsels clients in a broad range of employee benefit matters, including general compliance and administration of qualified retirement plans and nonqualified retirement plans.

Ms. Ostrower assists clients with welfare plan issues involving cafeteria plans, health plans, flexible spending accounts, COBRA and the Affordable Care Act. She regularly speaks on all benefits issues including federal health care reform, fiduciary compliance and executive compensation.

Ms. Ostrower regularly advises on executive compensation matters, including issues related to compliance with Section 409A, 162(m) and 280G of the Internal Revenue Code.

Ms. Ostrower represents clients in connection with Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor audits and information requests. She also regularly assists clients in fixing plan operational and document errors. Ms. Ostrower negotiates with benefits providers, volume submitter and prototype vendors, TPAs, insurers and auditors.

Ms. Ostrower also advises clients in connection with phantom and equity based compensation arrangements.

While attending George Washington University Law School, she was a member of the Law Review.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Committee

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January 17, 2018
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Alec Nealon and Melissa Ostrower Author "Responding to the Tax Act's Executive Compensation Changes"

January 17, 2018

Alec Nealon and Melissa Ostrower author "Responding to the Tax Act's Executive Compensation Changes," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 3, 2018
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Melissa Ostrower Discusses What the New Tax Bill Means for Executive Compensation Plans

January 3, 2018

Melissa Ostrower discusses the new tax bill and upcoming changes for executive compensation in "Inside Track: Will New Tax Law Wipe Out GC Bonuses?" published by Law.com. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

December 26, 2017
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Melissa Ostrower and Alec Nealon Discuss the 2017 Tax Act

December 26, 2017

Melissa Ostrower and Alec Nealon discuss the enactment of the 2017 tax act, which limits the tax deductions that businesses can claim for certain employee benefits in "Tax Act Alters Executive Pay, Affects Bonus Deductions and Withholding," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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December 7, 2017

Tax-Exempts and Public Companies Beware – Major Changes to Executive Compensation Tax Rules Loom

December 7, 2017

On December 2, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Senate Bill”). Our Benefits Law Advisors blog previously discussed some of the major provisions of a draft House of Representatives version of the bill. The House version subsequently underwent significant changes, including removal of... Read More

June 17, 2016

Healthcare Subsidies for Grad Students: An ACA Conundrum

June 17, 2016

Colleges and universities historically have provided graduate student employees (e.g., teaching assistants) with a stipend or reimbursement to help defray (or even fully cover) the cost of their medical coverage under the student health plan. Competing guidance from the Departments of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Labor... Read More

April 14, 2016

Overview of Department of Labor’s Final Fiduciary Rule

April 14, 2016

The Department of Labor has issued its much-anticipated final rule (the “Rule”) concerning the expanded definition of who is considered a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, as amended (“ERISA”), and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), as well as certain... Read More

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2018 Tax Reform Series: Change to Employer Deduction Rules
January 15, 2018

This is the sixth article in our series covering the various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Read More

2018 Tax Reform Series: New Excise Tax on “Excess” Executive Compensation Paid by Tax-Exempt Employers
January 8, 2018

This is the fifth article in our series covering the various employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Read More

2018 Tax Reform Series: Executive Compensation Changes for Publicly Held Entities
January 5, 2018

This is the fourth article in our series covering the various employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. Read More