Harris Beach assists clients in the design and administration of a wide variety of employee benefit plans, including tax-qualified pension, profit-sharing, 401(k) plans, and employee stock ownership plans; stock option plans; and other executive compensation arrangements. The firm has considerable experience in matters involving preretirement planning, the employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions and ERISA’s prohibited transaction rules.
We represent our clients in benefits litigation that relates to benefit disputes, fiduciary liability claims, and Internal Revenue Service and Labor Department controversies.
The firm assists clients with the development and administration of tax-qualified plans, including pension, profit sharing, §401(k), employee stock ownership, as well as executive deferred compensation plans.
The firm advises our clients on the investment aspects of their plans, including ERISA §404(c) issues pertaining to participant-directed accounts and the shift of responsibility from fiduciaries to participants, and Investment Policy Statements to assure that the plan’s objectives and strategies align with business planning.
Our firm has considerable experience in the welfare benefit plan area, particularly with cafeteria plan arrangements, flexible spending accounts, and dependent care assistance programs. We have assisted plan sponsors with everything from plan documents to communication materials.
Our attorneys counsel on many aspects of executive compensation, including non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, stock options, stock appreciation rights, and related matters. These compensation arrangements involve both individual arrangements, typically for selected business owners, as well as broader based execution compensation plans.