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Pooled Employer Plans (“PEPs”): Putting a little PEP in a 401k retirement plan could help to protect your Portfolio Companies

Set against the backdrop of the continuing wave of ERISA litigation that is being brought against employers who sponsor retirement plans, Pooled Employer Plans (“PEPs”) are emerging in the US retirement plan marketplace as an alternative that may limit employers’ risk of retirement plan-related litigation. There have been over 220 ERISA class action suits filed in connection with retirement plans since 2018, and the top ten ERISA settlements for 2021 alone totaled $840 million in the aggregate. Since ERISA litigation is a serious and relevant concern, many plan sponsors, including private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, would benefit from evaluating whether a PEP is a viable retirement plan solution for them.

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Proposed Regulations Issued on Deferred Compensation Arrangements for Tax-Exempt Organizations


Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits, Tax-Exempt Organizations

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Today, Treasury and the IRS released proposed regulations under §457 of the Code, which governs the tax treatment of nonqualified deferred compensation paid to employees and independent contractors by tax-exempt organizations and state and local governments. The proposed regulations define key §457 terms, such as “substantial risk of forfeiture” and “bona fide severance pay plan,” and they include many other provisions regarding the treatment of deferred compensation under §457.

Today’s release also includes some modifications to the regulations under §409A, including changes to align with the proposed §457 regulations.

To see the proposed §457 regulations, click here. We will be issuing an Alert with a more comprehensive overview of the new proposed §457 regulations, as well as an Alert on the proposed §409A regulations. Meanwhile, please contact your Ropes & Gray advisor with any questions about the proposed §457 regulations.

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