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Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

When It’s Time for Your Co-Founder to Go

Every start-up begins with high hopes. You and your co-founders are “all in,” fully committed to the success of your company. You have big ambitions and everyone is bringing something to the table. But time brings...more

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs): What is going to change with “Macron” Bill?

The so-called ‘Macron law’ enacted on 6 August 2015 significantly changes the rules governing Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). Major changes are designed to make RSUs more attractive for employees. This is in contrast to...more

Supplement — Curtin’s California Land Use

This Supplement is intended for use in conjunction with Curtin’s California Land Use & Planning Law, Thirty-Fourth Edition (2014), authored by Perkins Coie attorneys Cecily Talbert Barclay and Matthew S. Gray. In lieu of...more

IRS Updates Guide to Auditing Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Audit Techniques Guide.” The Guide provides a framework for the IRS to audit nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans. Since...more

Client Alert: New Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law

In November 2014, Massachusetts voters went to the polls and passed a law requiring all employers to allow employees to earn at least one (1) hour of sick time for every thirty (30) hours worked, up to forty (40) hours per...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - June 2015

Editor's Overview - In this month's newsletter, Anthony Cacace analyzes the heavily anticipated Supreme Court ruling in Tibble v. Edison Intl., 135 S. Ct. 1823 (2015), where the Court held that ERISA's fiduciary duty of...more

Supreme Court's Labor And Employment Decisions - 2014-2015 Term

The United States Supreme Court's most recent term has been marked by a series of significant rulings that serve to alter the landscape of labor and employment law in significant ways. Over the past few months, the Court has...more

IRS Limits Correction Opportunities under Section 409A Proposed Income Inclusion Regulations and Imposes 20% Penalty

In Chief Counsel Advice 201518013 (May 1, 2015) (the "CCA"), the IRS addresses an executive retention bonus that originally vested after three years and was payable in equal installments on the first two anniversaries of the...more

Employment Flash - March 2015

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Sixth Circuit Yard-Man Vested Benefits Presumption - Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Light Duty Case - NY Wage Theft Protection Act Amended - Senate...more

Supreme Court Rules No Presumption of Lifetime Vesting of Retiree Health Benefits

The Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit’s long-standing Yard-Man presumption, ruling that courts should apply ordinary contract principles to determine whether benefits have vested....more

What Employers under Collective Bargaining Agreements Should Know about the Decision in M&G Polymers v. Tackett

Recently, the United States Supreme Court undertook a significant course-correction in the vesting of retiree health benefits under collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”). ...more

Blog: Pulling the Trigger(s): What is Double-Trigger Acceleration and How Does it Work?

You may have heard people refer to “double-trigger” acceleration. What are they talking about? Double-trigger acceleration refers to the partial or full acceleration of vesting of someone’s options or stock based on the...more

Guide To Going Global: Global Equity Restricted Stock And Restricted Stock Units 2015

Welcome to the updated edition of DLA Piper’s Guide to Going Global – Global Equity, Restricted Stock and RSUs. GUIDE TO GOING GLOBAL SERIES - Many companies today aim to scale their businesses globally and into...more

The Court Mows Down Yard-Man - The Supreme Court Rejects Claim for Lifetime Retiree Benefits

The Supreme Court, in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, held that courts cannot infer an employer’s intent to vest welfare benefits from ambiguous or silent collective bargaining agreements, but instead courts must use...more

Supreme Court Decides M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010, holding that ordinary principles of contract law govern the interpretation of pension and insurance provisions of...more

Traditional Contract Rules Determine Whether Retirees Are Entitled to Lifetime Healthcare Benefits

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts must apply ordinary rules of contract interpretation when determining whether retiree healthcare benefits vest for life pursuant to the terms of a...more

Seventh Circuit Again Considers Partial Terminations of Retirement Plans

When a tax-qualified retirement plan is terminated, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) generally requires that all participants in the plan be fully vested in their plan benefits. The Code also requires full vesting for those...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Return to Pension Debates

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to return once again to what surely must be the most controversial subject at the moment in all of Illinois’ civil law: public pensions. Matthews v....more

Opting To Learn About Stock Options In A Divorce

Many businesses choose to reward their employees with stock options in lieu of other forms of compensation. Frequently, these options are not vested when awarded, but rather vest over time....more

When Should Vesting of Equity Grants Accelerate?

The importance of time-based vesting for equity and/or rights to acquire equity granted to founders and subsequent employees of venture-backed companies should not be understated. Equally important is what events should cause...more

IRS Releases Additional Rulings on Lump-Sum Windows

The practice of offering lump-sum distributions has become increasingly popular among defined benefit plan sponsors looking to decrease volatility or other defined benefit plan risks. In some situations, plan sponsors offer...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Review Sixth Circuit’s Pro-Union Inference in Retiree Health Insurance Benefits Cases

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to resolve a circuit split about how courts should interpret collective bargaining agreements that provide for health insurance benefits for retired employees in M&G Polymers...more

Tax Court Provides Color on “For Cause” Termination Under Code Section 83

On December 16, 2013, the Tax Court decided a case that sheds important light on the meaning of the term “substantial risk of forfeiture” under section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The...more

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