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Employee Benefits

Employee benefits present unique and complex challenges as organizations try to keep up with the regulatory landscape while simultaneously designing benefits and compensation strategies that allow them to attract, incentivize and retain employees.

Overview

Our Employee Benefits Practice Group handles a full spectrum of benefit law matters for a diverse mix of business clients on a nationwide basis. In keeping with the firm’s overall philosophy, we approach even the most technical and complex benefit law questions with an eye toward preventive strategies — minimizing the likelihood of liabilities associated with benefit claims, litigation and enforcement matters — and practical solutions.

We provide comprehensive legal advice, counseling and representation to plan sponsors, plan fiduciaries and benefit plans relating to:

  • Employee benefits issues arising in the design, administration, and operation of all benefit and compensation arrangements, including compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code; and
  • The defense of benefit, fiduciary and other claims relating to plan administration, and compliance with the terms of the plan and all applicable laws.

Some of the specific services we offer include:

  • Providing representation for a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit employers in virtually all aspects of tax-qualified defined contribution plans and defined benefit pension plans (including cash balance and other hybrid pension plan formulas);
  • Advising clients regarding all types of executive compensation arrangements;
  • Defending employers, plan sponsors, corporate officers and directors and employee benefit plans in examinations, summons proceedings, and adversary proceedings and appeals initiated under internal agency procedures by federal or state agencies and courts of specialized jurisdiction;
  • Counseling on the employee benefits issues arising in corporate transactions and workforce reorganizations, as well as the range of issues involved in multiemployer pension and welfare plan liabilities;
  • Advising shareholders, public and private/family-held corporations, bank holding corporations, institutional and individual trustees, officers, directors, and other parties and investors (i.e., private equity groups) on designing, implementing and using ESOPs in various types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, estate and succession planning, hostile takeover bids, tender offers, shareholder liquidity/Section 1042 of the Internal Revenue Code tax-deferred transactions, stock re-purchases by issuers, redemptions and recapitalizations, management and leveraged buyouts, and the use of ESOPs as an acquisition strategy.

In addition, our experienced benefits litigators represent employers, plans, insurers, plan administrators, institutional and individual trustees, officers and directors, selling shareholders and third-party administrators in ERISA and related benefits litigation in virtually all 50 states. This litigation involves both mainstream ERISA litigation as well as complex benefits litigation and class actions.

The Employee Benefits Practice Group also works closely with the firm's Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity Practice Group on compliance with the HIPAA/HITECH Privacy and Security regulations with regard to group health plans and health care providers, as well as with our Disability, Leave and Health Management Practice Group with respect to benefits-related considerations for Wellness Programs in the workplace.

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Creating Executive Compensation Arrangements that Comply with California Law

May 29, 2019 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Association Health Plans—Are They Really an Option to Consider?

June 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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How The Tax Reform Bill Impacts Employers

May 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

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September 30, 2019

District of Columbia Commuter Benefits: New Penalties, Fines

September 30, 2019

Penalties and fines for non-compliance with Washington, D.C.’s law requiring D.C. employers to offer commuter benefits to their D.C. employees will take effect beginning on November 14, 2019. The law, which became effective on January 1, 2016, requires employers with at least 20 employees in D.C. to offer commuter benefits to their... Read More

July 10, 2019

2019: The Mid-Year Outlook for Employers

July 10, 2019

The first six months of 2019 have proven to be busy, challenging professionals in the labor and employment communities to keep up with a number of newly enacted laws and regulations. In the 2019: Mid-Year Outlook for Employers, Jackson Lewis attorneys provide a snapshot of activity from the first half of the year as well as a preview of... Read More

May 15, 2019

EPLI Trends, Sexual Harassment Claims, and Planning for 2019

May 15, 2019

As workplace laws continue to evolve, the potential risk exposure is increasing. Jackson Lewis prepared this trends overview to help assess the current workplace law landscape in the #MeToo era and the wave of agency charges, latest claims, and new laws.  Highlights include: Pay Equity Lawsuits: The Next Wave of Litigation... Read More

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September 30, 2019
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Teresa Burke Wright, Caroline H. Cheng and Kellie M. Thomas Author “Employers Face New Penalties Under Washington, D.C.’s Commuter-Benefit Law”

September 30, 2019

Teresa Burke Wright, Caroline H. Cheng and Kellie M. Thomas author “Employers Face New Penalties Under Washington, D.C.’s Commuter-Benefit Law,” published by SHRM.  Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

September 25, 2019
SHRM

Joshua Rafsky Comments on Implications of the IRS' Final Ruling on Hardship Withdrawals

September 25, 2019

Joshua Rafsky comments on the implications of the IRS' final rule that relaxes several existing restrictions on taking hardship distributions from defined contribution plans in "IRS Final Rule Eases 401(k) Hardship Withdrawals, Requires Amending Plans," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 1, 2019
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Joy M. Napier-Joyce Comments on Implications of the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019

August 1, 2019

Joy M. Napier-Joyce comments on the implications of the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019, legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans in "Senate bill looks to modernize frozen DB non-discrimination rules," published by Pensions & Investments. Subscription may... Read More

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2020 Cost of Living Adjustments for Retirement Plans
November 6, 2019

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced its cost-of-living adjustments applicable to dollar limitations on benefits and contributions for retirement plans generally effective for Tax Year 2020 (see IRS Notice 2019-59). Read More

DOL Proposed NEW Electronic Disclosures Rule
October 22, 2019

Employers frustrated with the cumbersome rules and added expenses for furnishing plan documents, summary plan descriptions, notices, and certain other communications may soon get some added relief, at least with respect to their retirement plans. In response to President Donald J. Read More

California Imposes New Flexible Spending Account Notice Requirement On Employers
October 21, 2019

Beginning with plan years that end in 2020 California employers maintaining flexible spending accounts, or “FSAs,” will be required by a new amendment to the state’s Labor Code, enacted August 30, 2019, to notify the employee participants of any “deadline to withdraw funds before the end of the plan year.”  FSAs are expense reimbursement Read More