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COVID-19 EMPLOYEE BENEFIT AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

In light of the recent economic developments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers are evaluating their employee benefit plans and how employee and employer costs will be impacted. The following summary provides a list of questions we have been receiving from clients over the past week, along with action items to help employers address these issues. Health and Welfare Plans and Fringe Benefits Should benefits coverage continue while an employee is on an unpaid furlough? If so, how would the employee pay the employee?ÇÖs portion of the premium? Could the employee elect to drop coverage due to the reduction in hours of active service? Could the employer pay for coverage for some or all of its furloughed employees? Continued eligibility for benefits will depend on whether the employer treats the furlough as a termination of employment or as an unpaid leave of absence. The terms of the plan, including… Continue Reading

New Jersey Employers with Twenty or More Employees Must Offer a Pre-Tax Transportation Fringe Benefit

New Jersey enacted Senate Bill No. 1567 (the ?Ç£Senate Bill?Ç¥), which requires every employer in New Jersey that employs at least 20 persons, excluding employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement, to offer a pre-tax transportation fringe benefit to all of its employees in New Jersey, effective as of March 1, 2020. A pre-tax transportation fringe benefit allows an employee to set aside wages on a pre-tax basis to purchase eligible transportation services, such as transit passes and commuter highway vehicle travel, as consistent with Section 132(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. An employer that is found to be in violation of this requirement is liable for a civil penalty ranging from $100 to $250 for the first violation. An employer has 90 days to correct the violation before such penalty is imposed. After 90 days, a $250 penalty will be imposed for each additional 30-day period during which an… Continue Reading

Employee Compensation and Benefits Changes Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The following post is a general summary of the changes to the Internal Revenue Code made by the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the ?Ç£Act?Ç¥) that affect employee compensation and benefits: Executive Compensation Updates Loss of Deduction for Compensation in Excess of $1 Million Currently, Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code limits the ability of publicly held corporations to deduct annual compensation paid to a ?Ç£covered employee?Ç¥ in excess of $1 million, with an exception to this limit for certain performance-based compensation. Beginning on and after January 1, 2018, the Act amends Code Section 162(m) to eliminate the exception for ?Ç£qualified performance-based compensation?Ç¥ (which includes stock options, stock appreciation rights, and compensation paid upon the attainment of pre-established performance goals) and commissions. There is limited grandfathering relief available under the Act that preserves the deductibility of existing arrangements that pay out after 2017, provided the ?Ç£written binding… Continue Reading

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