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The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

Cautionary Observations from the Proposed 457 Regulations

After more than nine years of deliberations, the IRS has finally released proposed regulations governing all types of deferred compensation plans maintained by non-profit organizations and governmental entities. In...more

Sale of a Business is Not Constructive Dismissal

In the decision 2108805 Ontario Inc. v. Boulad rendered on January 25, 2016, the Quebec Court of Appeal overruled the trial judge who had considered that the change of employer resulting from a change of ownership constituted...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457 Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that prescribe rules regarding deferred compensation plans sponsored by state and local governments...more

Mass Terminations—What Ontario Employers Need to Think About When Restructuring or Reducing Their Workforces

When discharging employees, it pays to be prepared. This is especially so when an employer is considering a large-scale restructuring....more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements for Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities

The Treasury Department last week issued long-awaited proposed regulations under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code regarding nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements sponsored by governmental and tax-exempt...more

IRS Provides New 409A Guidance; New Proposed Regulations Provide Additional Clarity, Warn of Abusive Practices, and Present...

In Depth - Additional flexibility to use Section 409A exemptions - ..Expanded availability of the rules for transaction-based compensation for stock rights and incentive stock options. The final regulations allow...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

A Quick Guide to the Taxation of Retiring Allowances

When an employee’s employment is terminated without cause, the employee will typically receive some form of a termination/severance payment. All or part of this termination/severance payment may be considered a “retiring...more

Surviving the Strife: How Start-Up Founders Can Ensure That Inevitable Friction and Departures Won't Sink the Company

History is all too often repeated when start-up founders fail to plan for when (not if) they don’t see eye-to-eye. Relationship breakdowns and messy founder departures are common root causes of start-up failures. Common...more

What GCs Need to Know About Reductions in Force

Reductions in force (“RIFs”) are group terminations, usually driven by the financial condition or business needs of the employer. An employer’s General Counsel, even though responsible for protecting the employer from legal...more

Fixed-term Employment Agreements: Draft Them Carefully

Employers often use fixed-term employment agreements to limit their future severance costs owed to employees. Although that may be an effective approach in theory, the Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Howard v....more

What About A Settlement Agreement? / Et Si On Transigeait?

In light of the inevitable uncertainty as to the outcome of judicial proceedings, and considering recent court decisions which have tended to significantly increase the compensation granted for material and moral damages to...more

Dependent Contractors Awarded 26 Months’ Reasonable Notice

Dependent contractors are becoming an increasing portion of the working population, and an Ontario court recently confirmed that protections available to them are at the top end of the scale. In the case of Keenan v....more

How to Fire Your Employee Without Getting Sued

Before I even begin this post, let me advance the disclaimer right off the bat: Despite the title of this post, there is no sure-fire way to fire an employee without getting sued. Indeed, the title is a bit of a...more

SJC Finds that Employee’s Unauthorized Copying of Proprietary Information Did Not Give Employer Grounds to Discontinue Severance

On February 4, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Eventmonitor, Inc. v. Leness that an employer breached its agreement with a former employee when it reclassified the employee’s termination from...more

Employee Separation Agreements – A Refresher

There is one conversation I have with my clients who are employers more frequently than any other. It’s the one that begins, “We’ve decided to let so-and-so go. Do we have to have an agreement of some kind?” Here is what you...more

Severance Payments May be Recoverable in a Company’s Bankruptcy

Working for the Queen of Hearts is a tough gig. A disappointing quarter and she’s quick to the chopping block. And the ‘severance’ she offers – “Off with their heads!” – no thanks....more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Determining Reasonable Notice: Is Character of Employment a Less Important Factor?

As an employer, when terminating an employee without just cause, it is important to have some sense of the reasonable notice period a court might award in the circumstances in order to prepare an appropriate severance offer....more

South Carolina Supreme Court Finds Employee Cannot Sue for Breach of Contract and Wrongful Discharge

As with most states, South Carolina recognizes an exception to its general employment at-will doctrine. Employers may terminate employees with or without cause, but not for any reason that violates the state’s public policy....more

Massive Terminations: A 2015 Key Issue for China Labor

“Massive terminations” occur in China when an employer terminates more than 20 employees or more than 10 percent of its total employees at one time. Even though there are no official statistics on massive terminations of...more

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