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Avoiding Nonqualified Plan Traps: Key Considerations for ERISA Counsel and Employers

Strafford

Jan. 25, 2023
Recorded Online
Webinar

This CLE webinar will guide benefits counsel and employers on critical challenges in designing and implementing nonqualified plans. The panel will discuss the application of Section 409A rules and correcting Section 457(f) errors, the implications of the "income inclusion" regulations, and issues stemming from group carveout plans and split-dollar insurance plans, as well as offer methods to ensure the development of an effective strategy for key employees.

Description

A nonqualified plan is a tax-deferred, employer-sponsored retirement plan used for executives and key employees. These plans are not subject to the full gambit of rules under ERISA as qualified plans but have a unique mix of rules, regulations, and potential drawbacks to navigate.

Bonus plans, group carveout plans, split-dollar insurance plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans (NQDCP) are ripe with potential pitfalls. One of the main issues that arise in disputes relating to these plans is whether or not the plan is subject to ERISA. To ensure that a nonqualified plan is exempt from ERISA, benefits counsel and employers must carefully consider various critical items in drafting or amending plans and other agreements. In either case, employers must ensure that they follow ERISA claims procedures to minimize penalties and liability.

Section 409A applies to most NQDCPs. Distinguishing what is and what is not deferred compensation subject to Section 409A and documenting compliance is critical in designing and implementing NQDCPs. Furthermore, navigating procedures in correcting errors for plans under Section 457(f) is essential to avoid unintended liability.

Listen as our panel discusses Section 409A rules' application, correcting Section 457(f) errors, the implications of the "income inclusion" regulations, group carveouts, split-dollar insurance, and other essential matters.

Outline

  1. Pros and cons of nonqualified plans
    • Legal and regulatory framework
    • Administrative challenges
  2. Section 409A and correcting Section 457(f) errors
  3. Group carveout plans
  4. Split-dollar insurance plans
  5. Best practices for effective nonqualified plan design and implementation

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