Large and midsized employers that maintain employee benefit and executive compensation plans are likely to require the assistance of one or more professional advisors to assure their plans accurately reflect and support their organizational goals. These plans need to be properly documented, administered in accordance with those documents, and operated in compliance with applicable law. Sophisticated employers look for employee benefits counsel who will become their partners in legal compliance and provide effective advice to support their organizational goals.

Verrill's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group provides highly collaborative legal services oriented toward midsized and larger employers, whether they are for-profit or nonprofit, in a wide range of industries. We are personally engaged in every client relationship, seeking to understand each client's immediate needs, long-term goals, and risk tolerance so we can deliver practical advice within the framework of legal compliance.

We counsel employers in all relevant aspects of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, and other laws that govern the form and administration of retirement plans, health and welfare benefit plans, executive compensation arrangements, equity-based compensation programs, and fringe benefit plans. Our institutional client base includes community hospitals and regional health care systems; colleges and universities; employee-owned construction companies and publicly traded biotech companies; multinational banking and financial organizations; and churches and church-affiliated organizations. All our client relationships are characterized by collaboration and longevity. A service team typically includes at least two attorneys to promote highly responsive and reliable service. Whether interactions are weekly, monthly, or less frequent, we collaborate with our individual client contacts and seek to provide the one-on-one support that allows them to proceed with confidence.

The technical abilities of individual lawyers in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, and of the group as a whole, have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, New England Super Lawyers and by Martindale-Hubbell. What sets us apart is our strong commitment to providing highly accessible, value-added advice and building long-term relationships with our clients.

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation 2020 Year-End Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF . This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans over the past year. It offers insight into what these developments mean for...

News

Verrill Attorney Gregory Fryer Recognized as Top Author in JD Supra 2021 Readers Choice Awards

(April 8, 2021) – Verrill attorney Gregory Fryer was recognized as a top author for finance and banking in JD Supra’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards . The top ten authors were selected for each...

Blog

Massachusetts Now Requires Paid COVID-19 Leave for all Employees

Massachusetts now requires all employers, regardless of size, with Massachusetts employees to offer employees paid, job-protected leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons, including to get or recover from a COVID-19 vaccine. Massachusetts also has established...

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ARPA Premium Subsidy: Long-Awaited Details Finally Arrive

The IRS recently issued Notice 2021-31 , which provides much sought-after detail regarding the contours and operation of the temporary premium subsidy for COBRA continuation coverage available through the American Rescue Plan Act of...

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Primer on Severance Plans Under ERISA and the Tax Code

Many employers maintain formal or informal severance policies or practices that they use sporadically. Other employers may implement a severance program for a limited period of time to reduce the number of employees overall...

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Supreme Court will Hear Northwestern University 403(b) Plan Excessive Fee Case

The United States Supreme Court will weigh in on the spate of recent lawsuits filed against colleges and universities related to the schools’ retirement plans. The Court has granted a request for review from...

Blog

Do you understand your Investment Policy Statement?

The Acme Rocket Sled Company Retirement Plan Administration Committee recently selected a new investment advisor for the company’s 401(k) plan. During the RFP process, the new advisor observed that the Investment Policy Statement (IPS...

Blog

DOL Cybersecurity Guidance

This post provides a high-level summary of the Department of Labor’s cybersecurity guidance issued in April and identifies actions retirement plan sponsors and other plan fiduciaries should consider taking now in light of the...

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COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Programs: Additional Guidance and Some Comfort

Earlier today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance confirming that employers may offer incentives to employees who voluntarily obtain a COVID-19 vaccination. The guidance (available here ) appears as an update...

Blog

Faculty Retirement Incentive Programs: What Does the Law Permit?

A recent survey of full-time college and university faculty found that, as of the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year, approximately 25% of those surveyed expected to retire later than they had anticipated before...

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