Bruce L. Ashton has more than 35 years of experience handling employee benefits matters. His practice concentrates on representing plan service providers (including RIAs, independent record-keepers, third-party administrators, broker-dealers and insurance companies) in fulfilling their obligations under ERISA. His experience includes representing public and private sector plans and their sponsors, negotiating the resolution of plan qualification issues under IRS remedial correction programs, advising and defending fiduciaries on their obligations and liabilities, and structuring qualified plans, non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements.
Combining his employee benefits and transactional experience, Bruce is also active in the installation and funding of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).
Articles in the National Law Review database by Bruce L. Ashton
Faegre Drinker’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group is a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for their in-depth analysis of employer-sponsored retirement plans, health and welfare plans and executive compensation concerns. Topics addressed include executive compensation reporting changes, how rehiring employees could prevent partial plan terminations, and the tax implications and the pitfalls associated with excessive executive compensation paid by tax-exempt organizations. Additionally, Faegre Drinker provided valuable guidance to 401k Plan Sponsors regarding how to help employees during the COVID-19 pandemic under the provisions of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), including changes in participant loan repayments, available increases in loan amounts, and changes in hardship distribution rules. Regular contributors from Faegre Drinker’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group include; Bruce L. Ashton, Mona Ghude, Christine M. Kong, Elizabeth Olson, Monica Novak and Fred Reish.