Lisa Loesel

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Lisa Loesel focuses her practice on employee benefits matters, including the design, amendment and administration of pension and 401(k) plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and employee stock ownership plans. She counsels privately and publicly held corporations regarding the employee benefits design and transition matters arising from corporate mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. She also advises clients regarding fiduciary and plan investment issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Lisa also has experience counseling plan fiduciaries with respect to the claims and appeals procedures under ERISA. Read Lisa Loesel's full bio.

Easing the Burden: New PBGC Rule Simplifies Multiemployer Plan Withdrawal Liability Calculations

By and on Apr 14, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Labor, Retirement Plans

New guidance streamlines the methods for calculating withdrawal liability for multiemployer union pension plans that have adopted benefit reductions, benefit suspensions, surcharges or contribution increases—a common occurrence with underfunded multiemployer pension plans. Access the article.

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Full Disclosure Required: Lifetime Income Estimates on Defined Contribution Plan Benefit Statements

By , and on Feb 9, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

The Department of Labor provided interim guidance on the new required annual lifetime income disclosures to participants in defined contribution plans, including plans covered under section 401(k) or 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, profit-sharing plans and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The Lifetime Income Disclosure Rule is currently scheduled to go into effect on...

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It’s Back to Basics for Employee Benefits Priorities

By on Sep 3, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

Prior to the pandemic, ultra-low unemployment at roughly 3.3% put a spotlight on ‘lifestyle benefits’ for employees such as gym memberships and pet sitting. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, the focus immediately shifted for many plan sponsors. Some employers are now offering high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) paired with health savings accounts (HSAs). Scaling back on...

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Deja Vu with Retirement Plan Extension 2

By , and on Jul 9, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

In response to the administrative difficulties faced by plan administrators due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued Notice 2020-35, which extends additional retirement plan deadlines for 2020 not previously extended under IRS Notice 2020-23. The IRS also stated that this relief applies for purposes of ERISA if the tax...

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CARES Act Impacts All Benefit Plans

By , , , , , , , , and on Mar 31, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

In the ongoing effort to help individuals impacted by COVID-19, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act) on March 27, 2020. The President signed the CARES Act into law the same day. The historic stimulus package provides wide-ranging relief for both employers and employees. This includes rules that impact health...

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Mechanics of DB Plan QDROs Differ from Those for DC Plans

By on Feb 4, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

There are requirements for a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) that apply whether the QDRO is for splitting up defined contribution (DC) plan assets or defined benefit (DB) plan assets, notes McDermott’s Lisa K. Loesel. However, the mechanics of setting up QDROs vary between DC and DB plans. Read on to discover the different paths...

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Finally SECURE: Opportunities in the 2019 SECURE Act for Plan Sponsors

By , , and on Jan 9, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Retirement Plans

The SECURE Act—the most significant piece of retirement plan legislation in more than a decade—is now law. Plan sponsors should immediately start considering how changes included in the SECURE Act could impact their retirement and health and welfare plans in 2020 and beyond. Access the full article.

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Federal District Court Dismisses Pension Actuarial-Equivalence Lawsuit

By and on Oct 17, 2019
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Retirement Plans

In the string of pension-plan related, actuarial equivalence lawsuits, the court in DeBuske, et al. v. PepsiCo, Inc., et al. recently handed down the first decision favorable to plan sponsors. The DeBuske court’s narrow decision may, however, have limited impact going forward. Access the full article.

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Bipartisan Bill Paves the Way for Significant Retirement Plan Reforms

By and on Jun 4, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues, Retirement Plans

The House recently passed the most significant piece of proposed retirement plan legislation in more than a decade: the SECURE Act. Although the Senate must also approve the bill before it becomes law, its proposed changes have considerable bipartisan support in Congress. Plan sponsors should start considering how changes included in the SECURE Act could...

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Fridays With Benefits Webinar | Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot? Our Retrospective on 2018 Benefits Issues

By and on Oct 30, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

Join us Friday, November 2 for our monthly Fridays with Benefits webinar. With 2019 right around the corner, now is the time to dust off your year-end checklist and take stock of changes we have seen in 2018, and how they project to impact planning for the new year. Join us for an interactive discussion...

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