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Happy Holidays!  You may have a pep in your step with the news that the FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine to combat COVID-19.  This is certainly a reason for optimism.  However, 2021 promises to be quite PEPPY for another reason.  Pooled Employer Plans (or PEPs) can begin operating in 2021.  PEPs are Multiple Employer Plans (or MEPs) that were

The Republican Senate has confirmed President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court.  The confirmation is record breaking in a couple of ways.  First, it was the fastest confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice in history.  Second, it was the most partisan vote to confirm a Supreme Court Justice as no Senate Democrats voted to

Our country lost a great lawyer, jurist, advocate, patriot, citizen, and icon on Friday.  And oh yeah, she happened to be a woman.  Of course, I’m talking about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the notorious RBG.  She will be missed on a court that is becoming more and more conservative and political.
The debate has already begun as to

On August 10, 2020, a California Superior Court Judge granted a preliminary injunction against rideshare companies Uber and Lyft requiring them to stop classifying their drivers as independent contractors violating AB5.  The injunction was stayed for 10 days to give the companies time to appeal.  AB5 codified the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision and became effective this past January. Boom

Another one of my favorite guitarists is Eric Clapton who released an album titled “August” in 1986.  Recent guidance from the IRS providing certain relief for retirement plans as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic brings this album to mind as it emphasizes action by the end of August.  Last month the IRS issued two important notices providing additional relief

One of my all time favorite guitarists is Stevie Ray Vaughn, who died way too young.  Stevie sang a song titled “Look at Little Sister”  which I am reminded of every time I hear about the Little Sisters of the Poor litigation involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  And I’ve been reminded a lot since 2017 as the Little Sisters

This is the third and final installment of the effects of Covid-19 Pandemic (Pandemic) on executive compensation of private companies.  Part 1 discussed the issues of reducing compensation of Executives.  See Part 1.   Part 2 discussed issues with deferred compensation plans of Executives.  See Part 2.  This Part 3 deals with limits on compensation for businesses that avail

Executives often participate in various nonqualified deferred compensation plans designed to reward upper management.  These can be simple plan designs such as electively deferring a portion of their salary or bonus until a later year.  Or the plan can be more complicated such as awards of phantom stock or stock appreciation rights that will pay compensation to the Executive at

Rank and file employees who may have lost their job or had hours reduced probably don’t care about the effects of the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Pandemic) on executives and key management employees.  However, business owners who have provided such employees with employment agreements, deferred and/or incentive compensation, and perhaps equity or phantom equity compensation do have