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IRS Releases Further Guidance for Retirement Plans on Treatment of Same-Sex Spouses

In IRS Notice 2014-19 and accompanying FAQs, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited guidance addressing the treatment of same-sex spouses under qualified retirement plans such as 401(k) and defined benefit...more

4/11/2014 - DOMA IRS Marriage Qualified Retirement Plans Retirement Plan Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

Treasury and IRS Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule for Same-Sex Marriages—Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

The U.S. Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued guidance treating a same-sex couple as “married” for all Federal tax purposes as long as the couple was legally married in a state...more

9/4/2013 - DOMA IRS Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

PE Fund Deemed a 'Trade or Business'—May Be Liable for Portfolio Companies' Pensions

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently became the first federal appellate court to hold that a private equity (“PE”) fund can be a “trade or business,” and thus potentially included in a “controlled group” with its...more

8/9/2013 - Employee Benefits ERISA Investment Portfolios Investors Pensions Private Equity Retirement Plan SCOTUS

Perspectives - Fall 2012 | Volume 3, Edition 2: An Executive Compensation, Benefits & Human Resources Law Update

In This Edition: - Year-end Deadline for Correcting Section 409A Deferred Compensation Arrangements That Condition Payment on an Employee Release or Covenant: By December 31, 2012, all deferred compensation...more

12/13/2012 - 3.8% Medicare Tax Affordable Care Act Deferred Compensation Dodd-Frank FICA Taxes Say-on-Pay Section 409A Shareholder Litigation Spinoffs

Limiting Private Equity Fund Exposure to the ERISA Obligations of Portfolio Companies

In welcome news for private equity (“PE”) funds, a recent district court opinion determined that two PE funds and their bankrupt portfolio company were not a “controlled group” and thus the PE funds were not responsible for...more

11/26/2012 - ERISA PBGC Private Investment Funds

Year-end Deadline for Correcting Section 409A Deferred Compensation Arrangements Conditioned on Employee Release or Covenant

By December 31, 2012, all deferred compensation arrangements in which payment is contingent on employee action, such as execution of a release of claims, must either include payment-timing restrictions that comport to IRS...more

11/12/2012 - Compliance Deferred Compensation Employment Contract IRS Section 409A Severance Agreements

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