Proskauer Benefits Brief: Legal Insight on Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Proskauer Benefits Brief: Legal Insight on Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

In-depth discussions on all things benefits and compensation-related from the thought leaders of Proskauer’s highly-ranked lawyers.

Episodes

April 3, 2023 14 mins

In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, David Teigman, partner in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group, Simon Sharpe, partner and member of our Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions groups and Nick LaSpina, senior counsel in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group discuss rep and warranty insurance (RWI) in the mergers and acquisitions context. They also focus on certain aspects of this...

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, Proskauer partners Ira Bogner and Adam Scoll and law clerk Tanusha Yarlagadda discuss the Department of Labor’s final ESG rules issued on November 22, 2022, and how those rules affect the consideration by ERISA fiduciaries of environmental, social, and governance or “ESG” factors when making investment decisions and exercising shareholder rights, such as voting proxies.  Although the...

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May 17, 2022 10 mins

In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner David Teigman, senior counsel Nick LaSpina, and special international labor & employment counsel Nicola Bartholomew, discuss differences between asset sales in the US and the UK, with respect to transfers of employees.  In short, there are significant differences that are not necessarily intuitive to US practitioners.  In the US, parties will have commercial freedom to make o...

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February 18, 2022 8 mins

In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, Proskauer partner David Teigman, senior counsel Nick LaSpina, and special guest Michelle Garrett, a principal at the compensation consulting firm Semler Brossy, discuss employee retention. It seems like there is an article almost every day talking about the “great resignation.”  In a nutshell, there have been far more job transitions recently than there have been in the past. Tune in...

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, Myron D. Rumeld, partner and co-chair of Proskauer’s ERISA Litigation group and senior associate Tulio D. Chirinos, review the current state of affairs with respect to the litigation challenging the fees charged and investments offered in defined contribution plans; and The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hughes v. Northwestern University where the court reversed and remanded the ...

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This episode is the final installment of our three-part series on a new special financial assistance program created by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for troubled multiemployer plans and the interim guidance issued by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation regarding the program. Be sure to listen as Rob Projansky and Justin Alex cover the special rules that apply to plans that receive the assistance and other details inclu...

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This episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief is the second of our three-part series analyzing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) guidance on the new special financial assistance program for troubled multiemployer pension plans that was created by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  Tune in as Rob Projansky and Justin Alex dig into more details on the guidance and the program.

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This episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief is the first of our three-part series analyzing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) guidance on the new special financial assistance program for troubled multiemployer pension plans that was created by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  In this initial episode, partner Rob Projansky and senior counsel Justin Alex cover the basic contours of the program.

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January 21, 2021 13 mins

In this episode of the Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Robert Projansky and special guest Garrett Fenton, senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation, discuss cyber theft of 401(k) plan accounts.  Tune in as we discuss why 401(k) plans are vulnerable to cyber security breaches, what kinds of cyber security frauds we are seeing in 401(k) plans, evolving litigation on these issues and steps plan sponsors can take to mitigate risk.

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For a number of ERISA, tax and other regulatory reasons, it may be desirable for the manager or sponsor of an investment fund or other structure to utilize what is often referred to as a plan asset "hard-wired" conduit feeder.  Tune in to this podcast as partner Ira Bogner and senior counsel Adam Scoll discuss more about these structures, and the advantages they can provide.   

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December 17, 2019 5 mins

In this episode of the Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Ira Bogner and senior counsel Adam Scoll discuss VCOC "Management Rights."  For VCOC compliance purposes, "management rights" are contractual rights directly between an investing entity and an operating company by which the investing entity can substantially participate in, or substantially influence the conduct of, the management of the operating company.  Unfortunately, the...

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In this episode of the Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Ira Bogner and senior counsel Adam Scoll discuss when and how an ERISA plan fiduciary may consider “ESG factors,” (i.e., environmental, social and governance factors) when investing ERISA plan assets.  As these circumstances are fairly limited, we advise ERISA plan fiduciaries to proceed with caution in this regard.  Tune in for more important information in this episode.

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In this episode of the Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Ira Bogner and senior counsel Adam Scoll discuss ERISA’s bonding requirements. ERISA’s bonding rules generally require that every fiduciary of an ERISA-covered employee benefit plan and every person who handles funds or other property of such a plan be bonded. We will break down these bonding rules and their importance, so be sure to tune in to this episode.

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Over a year after the CA Supreme Court set new standards for worker classification in its Dynamex ruling, employers with workers in California are faced with often conflicting information about this decision’s practical impact.  In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, Kate Napalkova, special employee benefits and executive compensation counsel, and associate Pietro Deserio discuss Dynamex and its broader meaning for employ...

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, our final installment in the series exploring the basic COBRA rules, partner Paul Hamburger is joined by associate Katrina McCann and they discuss the penalties for noncompliance. Employers and plan administrators often ask what types of penalties they are exposed to if they get it wrong. What is the cost in correcting the COBRA error? We discuss these important issues so be sure to ...

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, our series on the COBRA basics rolls on. Partner Paul Hamburger is joined by associate Talya Scolnik and they discuss some of the key COBRA considerations for some of the nontraditional health plan related programs such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and Health Wellness Programs, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs).

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Paul Hamburger and associate Tyler Forni highlight some of the key COBRA rules to keep in mind in Mergers and Acquisition context. Most people understand that in any M&A interaction, COBRA rules need to be addressed, so be sure to tune in to the next episode in this COBRA series.

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, our series outlining the basic COBRA rules continues. Partner Paul Hamburger and associate Talya Scolnik highlight some of the key COBRA rules to keep in mind in understand how long COBRA coverage lasts. This can be a complicated and very technical issue, so be sure to tune in.

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Paul Hamburger joins Jennifer Rigterink to talk about some of the tricky points related to COBRA premium payment rules. In this installment of our series on COBRA rules, they highlight what plan administrators need to consider when facing COBRA premium payment issues.

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In this episode of The Proskauer Benefits Brief, partner Paul Hamburger is joined once again by associate Gabrielle Fox as they discuss important rules and practical issues that arise in dealing with COBRA’s election rules. They will provide insight on important questions related to COBRA election rules such as when elections have to be made, who can make the elections, and what happens to coverage during the COBRA election period.

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