Welcome to The Benefit of Benefits blog, your resource for information and commentary on new legislative, regulatory, and industry developments in employee benefits and executive compensation. Beyond reporting the news and repeating the guidance text, we will clarify the reasoning behind the change and what it means from a practical perspective to employers, employees, and the industry. We will also provide commentary to help illuminate the benefit of the benefits discussed…because compensation is more than just wages.

Author, Scott E. Galbreath, J.D., LL.M (Tax) leads the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Practice Team at Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience representing employers in ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation matters. Scott also practices in the areas of tax, estate planning, business and nonprofit law.

Scott’s benefits practice includes counseling for-profit, tax exempt and governmental clients on all aspects of employee benefits: choosing appropriate retirement, deferred compensation, equity compensation, cafeteria and other health and welfare benefit plans; using benefits to attract and retain key executive and management employees; using benefits (including ESOPs), in succession planning; ERISA, Internal Revenue Code section 401(a), 403(b), 409A and 457 compliance; CalPERS and PEPRA compliance; investments, prohibited transactions, and fiduciary duties; multiemployer plan funding and withdrawal liability rules; as well as drafting plan documents and correcting plan operational or document failures, and representing clients in IRS audits or Department of Labor investigations.