Benefits and Compensation

Dorsey’s Benefits and Compensation group serves clients across the country on executive compensation and a broad range of employee benefits, including retirement, health, and fringe benefit issues.  We advise on benefit and compensation matters in complex corporate transactions, on fiduciary issues faced by employers, and ERISA compliance (including benefit claims).  The group serves employers by designing, drafting, maintaining, and terminating plans and programs.  The group also assists employers and executives with designing deferred compensation and equity compensation plans to attract and retain talented leadership and key employees. 

Our group’s large size allows us to offer clients a unique breadth of experience and knowledge.  By matching your needs to our resources, we provide cost-effective service.  The group’s practice includes:
  • Retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans, and defined benefit plans
  • Health and welfare benefits, including HSAs, HRAs, disability, cafeteria plans, and life insurance, and compliance with HIPAA and COBRA
  • Executive compensation, including nonqualified deferred compensation, long-term incentive plans, employment agreements, and change-in-control agreements
  • ESOPs, stock appreciation rights, stock options and other stock-based arrangements
  • Severance arrangements and reductions in force
  • Fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues
We have experience on matters ranging from FICA and FUTA taxes on nonqualified deferred compensation to issues involving the PBGC and multiemployer plans and withdrawal liability. We advise clients on legislative regulatory developments, including:
  • American Jobs Creation Act (section 409A)
  • HIPAA privacy and security rules
  • USERRA proposed rules
We and attorneys in our Corporate group work with clients on employer stock and securities law issues, including:
  • Registration of 401(k) plans that offer investment in employer securities
  • Registration of and exemptions from registration for nonqualified plans
  • Compliance with SEC disclosure requirements
  • Blackout periods
We partner with our clients in a number of ways, including:
  • Round table meeting on topics
  • Training sessions at the firm and on site
  • Periodic updates
  • Co-presentations at seminars
We welcome the opportunity to discuss our practice.  Please call us to discuss how the Benefits and Compensation group can assist you.