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Critical Challenges Facing Pension Withdrawal Liability

 

Understand the nature of withdrawal liability and how to best analyze the risk.

Contributing to a multiemployer pension plan can, in some circumstances, have far-reaching effects for an employer, one of which is resulting in substantial withdrawal liability payments because many plans are underfunded. Frequently, employers enter into these arrangements without fully understanding the consequences, or the strategies that may be employed to mitigate potential withdrawal liability. This topic will help employers understand the nature of withdrawal liability, how to best analyze the risk of withdrawal liability, and how to reduce exposure to withdrawal liability. You will come away with an understanding of successor liability in transactions, as well as controlled group liability, which makes trades or businesses under common control jointly and severally responsible for withdrawal liability. Additionally, the information will outline specific strategies available when employers are preparing to withdraw or are in the need to resolve a dispute with a fund. This material is critical for any employer that contributes to a multiemployer fund.

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Eric W. Gregory

Eric W. Gregory

Dickinson Wright PLLC

  • Attorney in the Troy, Michigan office of Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law, including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and nonqualified compensation programs
  • Regularly provides strategic advice and analysis on approaches for employers obligated to contribute to multiemployer pension funds to mitigate withdrawal liability risk
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous employee benefits issues such as pension and withdrawal lability risk during mergers and acquisitions, avoiding litigation risk for sponsors of retirement plans, and employer fiduciary duties under ERISA
  • Written several publications related to employee benefits such as Surviving an IRS or DOL Retirement Plan Audit: Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail; Here Comes the Department of Labor: Retirement Plan Audits Begin for Code Section 401(a)(9) Compliance; and Avoiding Payroll Tax Traps for Foreign Employees
  • Past chair of State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section’s Employee Benefits Committee, and past chair of Oakland County Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee
  • Taxation Council Member, State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2020; Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2016 – Present; Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyers, Class of 2017; Business Magazine Top Lawyer, Employee Benefits Law, 2016 – Present
  • LL.M. degree in taxation, Georgetown University Law Center; J.D. degree, Wayne State University; B.A. degree in political theory and constitutional democracy, Michigan State University, James Madison College; certificate in employee benefits law
  • Can be contacted at 248-433-7669 or [email protected]
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