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Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation


Law 458

3

Upper-Level

Writing Experience (WE)

No

No

You can’t avoid these topics in the news: vanishing retirement savings, bankrupt pension plans, a seemingly broken health care system and outsized executive bonuses. Employee benefits and executive compensation issues are on the rise in numerous practice areas including litigation, mergers and acquisition, finance, family law and trusts and estates. This course focuses on non-cash employer provided benefits designed to help employees save for retirement and cover health care costs through the use of plans that are qualified under the Internal Revenue Code. It explores the requirements such plans must meet under both the Code and ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). This course also looks at current trends in executive compensation, including equity plans, deferred compensation and hot topics in executive employment agreements. Students will be exposed to the basics as covered by the Code, ERISA, plan documents, rulings from the DOL and the IRS and case law. Expect a course focused on the practical application of the law to help you spot the issues and navigate your way to the right answer.

Administrative Law or Tax Law is recommended for understanding IRC and regulation format, but neither is a required prerequisite.

B. Grimes (Adjunct)

Spring
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