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Mary Ellen Schill’s employee benefits law practice involves the representation of both public and private sector employers in their sponsorship of all forms of employee benefit plans as well as compensation planning.
Mary Ellen has extensive experience in employee benefit plan selection and design, as well as plan drafting and implementation, whether qualified or non-qualified retirement plans, flexible benefit plans, or welfare benefit plans. She has counseled private sector employers on establishing, maintaining, and terminating ESOPs, and assisted (along with members of the firm’s Business Transactions Practice Group) plan sponsors in ESOP redemption transactions. She also provides clients with a wide range of expertise regarding tax qualification, plan administration, preparation of plan participant communications, plan amendments, and plan terminations.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) provides the rules to follow as far as Mary Ellen’s private sector clients go and she assists those who sponsor ERISA-covered plans as to the impact of ERISA on the administration and operation of those plans. Mary Ellen has developed a special expertise in the areas of ERISA’s fiduciary duty rules and prohibited transactions. She has assisted clients in responding to Department of Labor audits of ERISA plans.
Mary Ellen advises employers on selection and design of executive compensation programs, both equity-based and non-equity based, sometimes “funded” by a rabbi trust. She also counsels our tax-exempt clients and governmental clients on sponsorship of tax-sheltered annuity plans under Code Section 403(b), including plan design, compliance with the myriad of rules limiting contributions, and correction of Code Section 403(b) plan defects.
Mary Ellen advises businesses regarding ERISA and Internal Revenue Code issues arising during mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses.
Recent transactions include:
Mary Ellen Schill has counseled public and private sector employers on the effect of Health Care Reform on their group health plans, including identification of applicable large employer status, and full-time employees. She frequently presents on the topic, in addition to blogging about it at The Blue Ink, with the aim to uncomplicate a complicated piece of legislation.