Top Taxation Pitfalls for Sponsors of Executive Benefit Plans – And How to Avoid Them

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Meet The Speakers

Warren E. Fusfeld
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.
Daniel B. Barry
Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies
Jo-el Meyer
Managing Editor, Bloomberg BNA


This is a complimentary program sponsored by Lockton Companies.

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Executive benefit plans should be part of any company’s corporate benefits scheme for a variety of reasons. Whether the plans are funded or unfunded, they must be structured carefully, as the sponsor of the plan can be subject to a variety of complicated taxation regulations.

Join us for this 60-minute program where our panelists will discuss the top taxation pitfalls for executive benefit plan sponsors and strategies for designing an executive benefit plan to ensure that you avoid these traps.

Educational Objectives:
• The top taxation pitfalls for executive benefit plan sponsors; 
• How to manage these pitfalls when they arise;
• Tactics for designing effective executive benefit plans to avoid these pitfalls.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Human Resources leaders; professionals working with benefits plans; tax professionals.

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Warren E. Fusfeld, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C.

Mr. Warren E. Fusfeld works with both public and private companies in the areas of employee benefits and taxation, including: executive compensation, including equity-based compensation programs; other incentive and performance-based compensation arrangements; deferred compensation, both qualified and non-qualified; all areas of employee and executive plan design, both ERISA and non-ERISA, covering all aspects of planning, drafting and implementation.  He also handles employee benefit plan audits by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor.  Additionally he has assisted a number of public companies with disclosure, shareholder relations and corporate governance issues and has provided legal guidance directly to the compensation committees of a number of publicly-traded companies.  Mr. Fusfeld also has significant involvement advising clients on employee benefits and ERISA in the context of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and other transactions in which ERISA plan asset rules are implicated.

Co-chair of Littler Mendelson’s Executive Compensation Practice Group, Mr. Fusfeld has spoken and published articles on a variety of topics related to executive compensation and employee benefits more generally, including tax law changes, executive deferred compensation plans and the tax rules regarding deduction of compensation paid to executive officers of public companies.  Prior to working at Littler, he was the chair of the Employee Benefits Practice Group at another firm where he worked for 23 years.

Daniel B. Barry, Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies

Mr. Daniel Barry has more than 25 years of experience in the Executive Benefits business and has specific expertise in the design, implementation, and administration of Benefit Restoration Plans, 409A (Nonqualified Deferred Compensation) Plans and alternative benefit strategies to assist companies in their efforts to recruit, reward, retain, and retire executive talent. Mr. Barry also has significant experience in developing and implementing strategies to assist closely held businesses with succession and transition planning. He is a frequent contributor and platform speaker on the topic of Executive Benefits. His thought leadership is nationally recognized and respected throughout the industry.

Mr. Barry has served his industry and clients in a number of roles through industry associations. He lent his expertise in the Executive Benefits to the Association of Advanced Life Underwriting, serving on their National Board of Directors. In addition, he served on a number of committees including: Governmental Affairs, Regulatory Reform, Fiduciary standards Taskforce, and Best Practices Committee. Mr. Barry is a consistent voice in Washington, DC working with Legislators, Rule Makers, and Regulators protecting the interests of our clients and industry. In 2012, Mr. Barry resigned from the AALU board to run for the US House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 9th District.

Mr. Barry is routinely sought for testimony and expertise in the area of federal regulatory reform and taxation regarding, Income Tax, Entitlement Reform, Regulatory Reform in the investment and insurance arena. He has presented market place data to the SEC and FINRA regarding market conduct issues, utilization of nonqualified plans, and federal overreach limiting consumer choice. Mr. Barry majored in Political Science at the College of Charleston with Minors in International Economics and International Studies.

Jo-el Meyer, Managing Editor, Bloomberg BNA

Ms. Jo-el Meyer began her career at Bloomberg BNA in 1999 as a legal editor for Pension & Benefits Daily, Pension & Benefits Reporter, and Employee Benefits Cases. As a legal editor, she regularly covered legal developments in numerous high profile pension and health benefit cases. In 2008, she was awarded the Beltz Editorial Award of Excellence for an article she wrote on the patenting of pension plan designs. Ms. Meyer developed and now manages the ERISA Litigation Tracker. She became assistant managing editor for Bloomberg BNA’s pension and benefits publications in 2011. Ms. Meyer received her B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1995 and her J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1999.