Notable Developments as of 2018.08.04

2018.08.04  Deferred Compensation Data - and Its Implications.  Regarding how employers have responded to 2017's tax reform act, the Plan Sponsor Council of America has issued a press release that presents intriguing survey data.  Several are reproduced, with insights drawn from them, at Deferred Compensation.

2018.08.01  Investment Expert for Retirement Plans; Immigration Accolades.  In widely-reported coverage of litigation against NYU, the expert witness testimony by Wagner Law founder Marcia Wagner was found to be "consistent, reasonable, logical and ultimately, highly credible.” Law360 accordingly headlined its article as follows:  "NYU's Victory In ERISA Battle Hinged On Expert Witnesses." A day earlier, the Brazilian Times featured Melissa McNamee in its article titled  "Wagner Law Group is the solution when it comes to immigration." For advice about immigration matters or best fiduciary practices for 401(k) and other ERISA plans, just send an  email.

2018.07.12   Executive Misconduct - Clawback and Other Remedies.  Law360 just released  this article about an oil company that is pursuing just the kind of remedies that David Gabor and I will be discuss during our August 28th webinar titled  "Tightening-up Executive Compensation: Five Steps for Defusing Litigation Risks and Better Enforcing Restrictive Covenants". Whether in employment agreements, plans, or awards, it makes sense for employers to condition executive compensation on proper workplace conduct and the honoring of loyalty-related covenants such as those relating to fiduciary duties, non-competition, and the protection of trade secrets. See generally, Checklist: Precautions against Benefit Plan Litigation.

2018.07.11   Diversification from Employer Stock: Not Always a Bad Practice.  It is generally considered a best practice to assure that executives hold significant equity stakes in employer stock, in order to align their personal financial interests with those of shareholders. Nevertheless, too much employer stock could backfire under certain situations that make employer-sponsored diversification programs sensible to consider . . . continued at  Diversification from Employer Stock (with links to recent articles on this topic).  

2018.06.05  Moving the Bonus Plan Goalposts - Be Smart or Be Sued.  Whenever a company announces performance goals that apply to cash bonus, equity award, or vesting conditions, there is some risk that affected employees will later question the end-of-period determinations. Well-drafted plans and programs include significant employer protections. But some defects can haunt, such as the failure to address the impact of a future merger or acquisition, or the omission of a maximum limit.  Panera Bread tried to recover from the latter, but lost in the 8th Circuit because . . . continued at Litigation - Bonuses

2018.04.07  Voluntary Severance Plan - Fidelity's Experience. What happens when 3,000 employees over age 55 receive a buy-out offer because they have more than 10 years of experience?  Fidelity made that offer, and its results do not surprise because . . .  continued at  Voluntary Severance Plans, with a discussion of how those buy-out plans can work - and backfire.​​

2018.02.07  "The Front Line in the War Against Sexual Harassment" explains why "For employers who agree that bad acts should have bad consequences, 2018 will be a good year in which to revisit what is placed at risk, and how that risk will materialize."  Further discussed at  Dismissals for Cause.


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