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What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Phantom Equity Plan?

I was recently asked to describe the advantages and disadvantages of a phantom equity plan. Phantom equity plans are particularly useful for private companies without publicly traded shares of stock.  Privately held companies have unique organizational traits that require a substantially different approach to executive compensation. Often, executive compensation arrangements that are appropriate in a publicly traded Read More

October 2014 Newsletter | IRS Releases 2015 Retirement Plan Limits

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August 2014 Newsletter | Determining Which Employers Are Subject to ACA Pay or Play Rules

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July 2014 Newsletter | ACA and the Potential for Litigation: ERISA Section 510

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June 2014 Newsletter | Third Quarter Compliance Calendar for Retirement and Health and Welfare Plans

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May 2014 Newsletter | ACA and the Potential for Litigation: Whistleblower Provision

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March 2014 Newsletter | Second Quarter Compliance Calendar For Retirement And Health And Welfare Plans

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What Relief Is Provided Under the Employer ‘Pay or Play’ Mandate Final Regulations?

On February 10, 2014, the Department of Treasury (the "Treasury") and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations on the requirement that employers provide affordable health insurance to employees (the "Employer Mandate") and the associated "Pay or Play" penalty under health care reform.  This HR Alert provides a summary of the transitional relief available during 2015 under the final Read More

Special February 2014 Newsletter | Employer Mandate Relief Provided in 2015 Under Final Regulations

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What Are Some Employer Best Practices for Managing a DOL Audit?

Most employer ERISA pension and welfare benefit plans are subject to investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL).  The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is the agency of the DOL responsible for enforcing Title I of ERISA (which sets minimum standards to ensure that employee benefit plans are maintained in a fair and financially sound manner), including managing civil and criminal investigations. Read More