Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

Employee Benefits

The benefits landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Retirement plans have had to adapt to changing laws, corporate restructurings, global competition, cost reallocations, investment scandals, fiduciary scrutiny and regulatory crack-downs. Employer paternalism has shifted toward employee activism as the workforce has demanded benefit portability and a larger say in retirement programs. Increasingly, as younger generations place more emphasis on private savings over arguably shaky government programs such as Social Security, retirement plans are viewed as an ever more important part of the employer’s total benefits and compensation package offered to employees.

The attorneys in our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group provide a broad range of services to meet our clients’ needs. Our services are practical, timely and efficient, thereby enabling clients to develop effective and flexible responses to the retirement plan challenges and opportunities they face. These services cover the full spectrum of retirement plans, including:

We provide our clients with advice that prevents questions from becoming issues and issues from becoming problems. Our services cover the full life cycle of benefit plans, and include the following:

When the plan is being developed:

Once the plan is operational:

Upon plan termination:

Executive and Equity Compensation

The regulatory environment for executive and equity compensation plans has increased in complexity over the past several years. Effective compensation planning requires meeting client needs while accommodating continuing changes in tax, ERISA, labor, employment, corporate and securities laws, stock exchange rules, and accounting principles.

Our attorneys provide substantial experience in dealing with these complexities, as they serve business executives, boards, and compensation committees in designing, implementing, administering, and adjusting sophisticated compensation plans. The services provided by our attorneys include the following:

Designing plans and agreements

Providing Counsel on Compliance

Assisting in Corporate Restructurings

We counsel clients of all sizes and types, including large multi-national corporations, smaller publicly and privately held firms, investment banks, utilities, construction and engineering companies, insurance companies and brokers, trade associations and non-profit organizations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

We provide a “big picture” perspective on executive and employee benefit alternatives available to our clients.

We meet our clients’ needs and goals by listening, by practical thinking, and by applying the multidisciplinary talents of our firm to the benefits plan opportunities facing our clients.