Showing 4 posts by Alison M. Stemler.
Employers who sponsor a 401(k) plan or a 403(b) plan that offers hardship withdrawals have some decisions to make. Read More ›
Equity compensation (including options to purchase stock or LLC units, restricted stock or units, and sales of equity to employees) is frequently used by publicly traded and privately held businesses to recruit and retain employees, directors, and other service providers. Businesses using these compensation techniques or equity-based nonqualified compensation deferral programs need to be concerned about compliance with federal and state securities laws for these programs. Read More ›
Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Expanding Access to More Affordable Health Insurance for Small Employers and Sole Proprietors
Department of Labor (DOL) published its Final Rule, adding the new Section 2510.3-5 to CFR Title 29. This new section, promulgated in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13813, provides an expanded definition of “employer” under Section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which will change the regulatory requirements for Association Health Plans (AHPs) and likely reduce the cost of providing health care coverage to the association’s members. However, AHPs structured to meet the criteria under the DOL’s sub-regulatory guidance in place prior to the Final Rule can continue under the prior rules, which required a much closer organizational relationship and prohibited coverage of owner employees. Read More ›
Month by Month, Employers Must Track Employees in 2015 for Required Reporting under Health Reform Rules
Beginning January 1, 2015, employers have burdensome new reporting obligations for health plan coverage, to allow the government to administer the "pay or play" penalties to be assessed against employers that do not offer compliant coverage to their full-time employees. Read More ›
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J. Aaron Byrd is FBT’s Estate Planning Team leader and counsels on probate, trust administration, business succession, and asset protection planning, as well as gift, wealth transfer and generation-skipping taxation issues.