19 episodes

Grab your coffee, settle in, and join us for a conversation on all things employee benefits and executive compensation. Each episode will provide brief and lively discussions of questions, issues, and concerns that our EB clients and colleagues encounter on a daily basis or wrestle with from time-to-time. Our conversations will be informed by you, our clients and friends, and reflect the everyday questions asked of us in our role as employee benefits counsel to large and small businesses in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, technology, health and hospital systems, and higher education, to name a few. In each episode, our hosts, Richard Schwartz and Sarah Touzalin, will interview a guest with expertise in the employee benefits world.

Coffee Talk with Benefits Seyfarth Shaw LLP

    • Business
    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Grab your coffee, settle in, and join us for a conversation on all things employee benefits and executive compensation. Each episode will provide brief and lively discussions of questions, issues, and concerns that our EB clients and colleagues encounter on a daily basis or wrestle with from time-to-time. Our conversations will be informed by you, our clients and friends, and reflect the everyday questions asked of us in our role as employee benefits counsel to large and small businesses in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, technology, health and hospital systems, and higher education, to name a few. In each episode, our hosts, Richard Schwartz and Sarah Touzalin, will interview a guest with expertise in the employee benefits world.

    Episode 18: Understanding SECURE 2.0: A Deeper Dive into the Rothification of Employer Contributions

    Episode 18: Understanding SECURE 2.0: A Deeper Dive into the Rothification of Employer Contributions

    Released by the IRS in the final days of 2023, Notice 2024-2 offers guidance on several aspects of the SECURE 2.0 Act, particularly focusing on instructions related to designated Roth matching and nonelective contributions. In this episode, Seyfarth’s Ben Spater provides insights on various aspects of the notice, including the participant eligibility to elect employer contributions, the irrevocability of Roth designations, the five-year holding period for tax benefits, and potential administrative complexities. Ben also clarifies how Roth contributions are treated for purposes of tax reporting. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in to hear Richard and Sarah discuss how these provisions impact retirement planning strategies, compliance considerations for employers, and what individuals need to know about managing their tax liabilities when it comes to Roth contributions in their retirement accounts.

    • 21 min
    Episode 17: Long-Term Part-Time Employee Guidance

    Episode 17: Long-Term Part-Time Employee Guidance

    On November 24, 2023, the IRS issued highly anticipated proposed regulations concerning the provisions under SECURE and SECURE 2.0, requiring 401(k) plans to expand deferral eligibility for long-term part-time employees. The proposed rules answer a number of burning questions that have been lingering since 2019 when SECURE was first enacted. In this special episode, Seyfarth Partner Diane Dygert and our very own co-host Sarah Touzalin delve into the intricacies of identifying long-term part-time employees, the nuanced vesting rules applicable to long-term part-time employees, the newly introduced concept of former long-term part-time employees, and what, if anything, plan sponsors and administers need to do for 2024. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in for a lively discussion of these proposed rules!

    • 25 min
    Episode 16: Junk Insurance

    Episode 16: Junk Insurance

    Earlier this year, the Biden-Harris Administration took a firm stance against 'junk insurance' by introducing regulations aimed at impacting short-term limited duration insurance policies, independent non-coordinated coverage, and level funded plan arrangements. In this episode, our guests Diane Dygert and Benjamin Conley provide insights on these proposed regulations, addressing employee comprehension gaps, coverage notifications, and potential tax implications. Diane and Ben also draw from practical examples, stressing the importance for employers to reassess FICA avoidance strategies. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in to hear Richard and Sarah discuss the current regulatory landscape and what employers should consider when offering or renewing such benefit plans.

    • 18 min
    Episode 15: Auto-Enrollment Provisions Under SECURE 2.0

    Episode 15: Auto-Enrollment Provisions Under SECURE 2.0

    Enacted in December 2022, the SECURE 2.0 Act contains over 90 provisions that impact qualified retirement plans. Notably, SECURE 2.0 mandates the adoption of auto-enrollment features for plans established after its enactment. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in to hear Richard and Sarah chat with Matthew Calloway from Mercer, about the effects that these requirements have on existing and new plans, as well as potential legislative developments, making this a must-listen for plan sponsors and HR professionals alike.

    • 18 min
    Episode 14: Benefit Attorneys in the Wild

    Episode 14: Benefit Attorneys in the Wild

    On this episode of Coffee Talk With Benefits, Richard and Sarah venture out of the office as part of an Employee Benefits retreat and engage in brief discussions with their colleagues, Diane Dygert, Caroline Pieper, Alisha Sullivan, Ben Conley, Jen Kraft, Sam Schwartz-Fenwick, and Ada Dolph covering a range of interesting topics. Join us as we discuss what it means to be a "slob" in the ERISA world, the gag rule and what are NOT fiduciary best practices, among other things. Grab your cup of coffee and tune in for a lively episode.

    • 13 min
    Episode 13: When ERISA Was Young

    Episode 13: When ERISA Was Young

    The 50th anniversary of the enactment of ERISA is next year, so we thought what better way to look back on those 50 years than with Seyfarth Partner, Howard Pianko, who was one of the original ERISA practitioners back in 1974. Listen in as Howard recollects his journey with ERISA these past almost 50 years, why he became a lawyer in the first place, and his involvement with ERISA when it was first enacted. Did you know that before Howard started practicing law he taught Social Studies (they call that History today!) in the New York City public school system, and that he decided to study tax law and get his LLM from NYU following a walk with his dog? It’s all true! Grab your cup of coffee and tune in for a perspective of ERISA that many ERISA practitioners never get to hear.

    • 20 min

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