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

News

35 Verrill Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 9, 2020) – The 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 35 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

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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...

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2021 Employment Law Annual Update Series: Part Three

Join us for the third part of our 2021 Employment Law Annual Update! The virtual series will continue through the year on the third Thursday of each month . This year, we are taking...

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Verrill Welcomes Highly Experienced Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Partner, William D. Jewett

(January 11, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorney William D. Jewett to the firm as a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, resident in the firm’s Boston, Massachusetts office...

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Reporting Deferred Compensation on Form 990

Tax-exempt organizations often provide deferred compensation to their officers, key employees, and most highly compensated employees. Like current compensation payable to such employees, deferred compensation must be reported annually on Form 990, Schedule J...

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Order of Benefit Deductions from Employee Pay

From time to time we field questions about the order in which deductions for various employee benefits ( e.g. , 401(k) plan elective deferrals and insurance premiums for welfare benefit plan benefits) should be...

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DOL Guidance on Missing Pension Plan Participants - Part II

On January 18, we published a blog post regarding new Department of Labor (“DOL”) guidance on missing plan participants. That post is available here , and describes the DOL’s guidance on Missing Participants...

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IRS Notice 2021-15 Provides Clarity Regarding FSA Relief Available Under Consolidated Appropriations Act

Section 214 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) provides a substantial amount of flexibility for the operation of health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The CAA did, however, leave many open...

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Congress Passes Emergency Paid Leave Laws in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

On March 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , a temporary measure designed to increase the availability of paid leave during a time when many...

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Partial Plan Terminations – An Update

In our April 2020 post , we detailed how employee layoffs can cause a qualified retirement plan to undergo a “partial termination,” resulting in required 100% vesting of the affected employees’ benefits. As 2020...

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