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Andrew C. Liazos heads the Firm's Executive Compensation Group and the Boston Employee Benefits Practice. Andrew focuses his practice on compensation and benefit matters, including related securities, M&A, IPO, private equity, international and litigation matters. Clients range from Fortune 500 companies to compensation committees to individual executives in employment and severance negotiations. Read Andrew Liazos' full bio.

Emerging Trends Alert | Filling in the Gaps: Pay Equity


By , , , , and on Mar 5, 2019
Posted In Employment, Executive Compensation

In a presentation at McDermott’s Employment and Employee Benefits Forum, our lawyers discuss the patchwork of state and local laws surrounding pay equity for similarly situated employees doing the same job. Particularly in California, new developments have emerged further clarifying pay equity laws. For best practices, they recommend: Establishing compensation ranges across substantially similar jobs...

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Top Takeaways for Tax-Exempts from IRS Guidance on Executive Compensation


By , , , and on Jan 10, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

One of the more controversial and complex provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been the 21 percent excise tax on certain nonprofit executive compensation. On December 31, 2018, the IRS issued interim guidance that addresses how this tax will apply in various situations that commonly arise for tax-exempt employers. Establishing internal systems...

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ISS and Glass Lewis Update Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2019


By , , , , , , and on Jan 3, 2019
Posted In Executive Compensation

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC both recently issued their annual proxy voting guideline updates. As revised, these guidelines have important implications for companies preparing for the 2019 proxy season. Access the full article.

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What Employers Need to Know About 162(m)


By on Dec 27, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

Andrew Liazos presented on 162(m) deduction limitations and transition rules at NYU’s 77th Institute on Federal Taxation. Amongst other topics, he discussed key changes for employers under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the guidance provided under Notice 2018-68 and the potential impact of such changes on incentive compensation practices. View the full presentation.

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Effective October 1 | What You Need to Know Now Changes to Massachusetts Noncompetition and Trade Secret Law


By , and on Sep 25, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

Evan Belosa, Tony Bongiorno and Andrew Liazos summarize key changes and important issues associated with Massachusetts Noncompetition and Trade Secret Law and next steps to consider as the date of effectiveness approaches. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act and Trade Secret Law will become effective October 1, 2018. View the full presentation.

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Webinar | Non-Compete Reform Comes to the Commonwealth


By , , and on Sep 5, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation

Join us on Thursday, September 6 at 1:00 PM EDT for a webinar designed to address questions around the Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act (the Act), signed into law by Governor Baker on Friday, August 10. The Act, which takes effect on October 1, requires all employers doing business in Massachusetts to change the way they...

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IRS Issues Long-Awaited Initial Guidance under Section 162(m)


By , , and on Aug 23, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation

On August 21, 2018, the IRS issued guidance regarding recent statutory changes made to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code. Overall, Notice 2018-68 strictly interprets the Section 162(m) grandfathering rule under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Public companies and other issuers subject to these deduction limitations will want to closely consider this guidance...

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New Restrictions on Using Non-Competes in Massachusetts – What You Need to Know


By , , and on Aug 14, 2018
Posted In Employment, Executive Compensation

The Massachusetts legislature’s recent approval of a comprehensive non-competition reform bill includes significant restrictions for employers seeking to impose non-compete obligations on Massachusetts workers. The Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act will become effective on October 1, 2018, leaving little time for employers to consider what actions to take to protect their business interests. Access the full...

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Universal Health Bill Faces Steep Obstacles in New York


By on Aug 7, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

While momentum may be building for a single-payer health care system in New York, such a dramatic shift in the way health care is financed will have to overcome a number of significant obstacles. With ERISA preemption being one of those hurdles, Andrew Liazos comments, “There will be a challenge from somewhere. I don’t know...

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Exec Retirement Vehicle Seen as a Potential Gamble for Employers


By on Jul 19, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, Retirement Plans

Andrew Liazos said that it makes sense for companies to consider Q-SERPs in response to the end of the performance-based pay deduction, but he questioned whether the plans would offer much “bang for your buck.” “You first have to deal with the obvious time and effort you have to spend to show it’s not discriminatory,...

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