Todd Solomon

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Todd A. Solomon is the head of McDermott’s Benefits, Compensation & Employment Practice Group. Todd focuses his practice on designing, amending and administrating pension, profit sharing, 401(k), employee stock ownership and 403(b) plans, as well as nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. He also counsels privately and publicly held corporations and tax-exempt entities regarding fiduciary issues under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), employee benefits issues involved in corporate transactions, executive compensation matters and the implementation of benefit programs for domestic partners of employees. Read Todd A. Solomon's full bio.

Department of Labor Exemption Impacts Investment Advice Fiduciaries

By , and on Jul 21, 2021
Posted In Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues, Retirement Plans

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance concerning a new exemption under the prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) in connection with the provision of investment advice. PTE 2020-02, Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees (the Exemption), became effective on February 16, 2021. On April...

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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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DOL Creates Path for 401(k) Plans to Offer Private Equity Investment Options

By , and on Oct 29, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues

In June, the US Department of Labor issued an information letter indicating that it will allow defined contribution retirement plans (such as 401(k) plans) to indirectly invest in private equity funds. While information letters are not binding, this new guidance creates a significant opportunity for plan sponsors to consider investment options that include private equity...

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DOL Proposed Regulations on Proxy Voting

By and on Oct 27, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Fiduciary and Investment Issues

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule with 30-day comment period to address the application of fiduciaries’ duties with respect to proxy voting and exercises of other shareholder rights. The proposal requires fiduciaries to vote any proxy where the matter being voted upon would have an economic impact on the plan and prohibits...

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“Because of Bostock” – Court Delays HHS Rule Re-interpreting Section 1557 Discrimination “Because of Sex”

By , , , and on Aug 25, 2020
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

One day before an updated rule of the US Department of Health and Human Services regarding Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect, the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York ordered a stay and issued a preliminary injunction precluding the most recent final rules from becoming...

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Multiemployer Pension Plans: Addressing the Issue of Underfunding

By on Aug 11, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

A significant issue facing many business owners is the impact of underfunded multiemployer pension plans. This is most common, but not exclusive to, unionized businesses. McDermott Partner and Global Head of the Firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Group Todd Solomon joins Domenic Rinaldi, owner and managing partner of Sun Acquisitions, for a recent episode of...

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HHS Finalizes Anti-Discrimination Revisions to ACA Section 1557

By , , , and on Jul 14, 2020
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Health and Welfare Plans

On June 12, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule under Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the 2020 Final Rule) that rescinds certain protections afforded to LGBTQ individuals and persons with limited English proficiency. At the same...

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COVID-19 — Tax Planning Opportunity for Defined Benefit Participants?

By , and on Apr 14, 2020
Posted In Employee Benefits, Retirement Plans

Much has been written about the new CARES Act distribution that allows impacted COVID-19 participants to access up to $100,000 in their tax-qualified defined contribution plan penalty-free and with income taxes spread over three years. However, the CARES Act legislation applies to all “eligible retirement plans” as defined in Code Section 402. So technically the...

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Transgender Health Benefits: Best Practices and Legal Considerations

By , and on Sep 3, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

A growing number of medical organizations, courts and administrative bodies have stated that transition-related medical care is medically necessary and should be covered by employer-sponsored medical plans. Access to employer-sponsored healthcare coverage for transgender workers has become an issue of focus for civil rights advocacy groups such as Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties...

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7 Severance Structuring Tips for Tax-Exempt Colleges and Universities

By , and on Aug 20, 2019
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Executive Compensation

In-house counsel and human resources professionals at tax-exempt colleges and universities often face a variety of challenges when structuring, and determining obligations due under, severance arrangements. There are some key considerations to bear in mind, which are outlined in this article. Access the full article.

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