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Employee Benefits

Mackenzie Hughes recently assisted a client in providing an equity incentive to employees and an ownership transition vehicle for senior management through the establishment of a new employee stock ownership plan.

Our employee benefit attorneys offer practical solutions to assist clients with all types of ERISA and non-ERISA plans and arrangements. We have a team of lawyers with experience and knowledge in every facet of employee benefits, from retirement plans to health care plans. We assist clients in all aspects of plan drafting, maintenance, compliance and termination.

Services include drafting and consultation in the following areas:

  • Qualified retirement plans
  • Health and welfare plans
  • Other employee benefit plans
  • Employee stock option plans
  • Phantom stock plans
  • Multi-employer plans
  • Employee stock ownership plans
  • Executive compensation arrangements
  • Deferred compensation arrangements
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Order drafting and review


Clayton H. Hale, Jr.

Partner and Co General Counsel


Federal Court Blocks Implementation of New Overtime Rules

Late on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the U.S. Department of Labor (“USDOL”) from implementing and enforcing its new overtime rules. These overtime rules would have raised the minimum salary level for the white collar exemptions (executive, administrative, professional)…

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Tips & New Initiatives for Health Care Plans from the Federal Department of Labor

Mary Rosen, the Associate Regional Director of the United States Department of Labor for New England including Upstate New York gave a presentation Wednesday on common issues with health care plans. She also described six tips for common plan errors and three new initiatives the DOL is working on. This seminar hosted by Anthony Stevens…

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2015 Action Required To Maintain Qualified Status Of Prototype Defined Contribution Plans

Maintaining up to date documentation for your retirement plan is extremely important and not something employers should take lightly. During a plan audit the first thing the IRS auditor asks for is a signed copy of the Plan Document with all amendments. If these do not contain provisions timely reflecting the latest legislative and/or regulatory…

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