Joanne G. Jacobson

Joanne G. Jacobson

Saul Ewing LLP

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Private equity fund deemed a “trade or business” under ERISA, exposing it to federal liabilities

On July 24, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a private equity fund constituted a “trade or business” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and therefore, as a member of its...more

8/9/2013 - COBRA ERISA Investment Portfolios IRC Liability Private Equity Retirement Plan

The Impact of the Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision on Your Employee Benefit Plans

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that the Defense of Marriage Act (known as DOMA) is unconstitutional. What does this mean for your company’s employee benefit plans?...more

7/2/2013 - COBRA DOL DOMA Employee Benefits Equal Protection FMLA Health Insurance Income Taxes IRS Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Stocks US v Windsor

Well, Well, Well…Employee Wellness Program Rules Update

The Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services jointly issued final regulations on June 3, 2013 addressing wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) and the HIPAA non-discrimination rules. ...more

7/2/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Department of Health Discrimination Health Insurance HIPAA Wellness Programs

The Employer's Playbook for ACA Compliance: Are You In The 2014 "Pay Or Play" Game?

For better or worse, the ACA or Health Care Reform is still with us. If you do not want to end up in the penalty box in 2014, you must know whether you are subject to the employer shared responsibility provisions of the ACA...more

5/22/2013 - Affordable Care Act Compliance Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare Pay or Play Penalties

Employment Contracts and Severance Agreements Should be Reviewed and May Need to be Amended by December 31 to Comply with Section...

Severance agreements and employment contracts with release of claims provisions may violate 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. Bad release provisions may be fixed, penalty-free, before December 31, 2012. Most severance...more

11/20/2012 - Compliance Deferred Compensation Employee Benefits Employment Contract IRS Section 409A Severance Agreements

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