August 10, 2022

Volume XII, Number 222


Jean Y. Yu

Jean Y. Yu is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Yu has experience in employee benefits, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, multiemployer, collective bargaining, executive compensation and corporate transactions.

Employee Benefits and ERISA

  • Designs and implements traditional retirement plans (e.g., 401(k), profit-sharing, and pension plans), health and welfare plans, and various deferred compensation plans and arrangements. 
  • Represents clients in negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in audits, investigations and on other complex compliance issues, including correction of plan qualification errors through Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System program.
  • Advises on ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues.

Multiemployer and Collective Bargaining

  • Negotiates and implements collective bargaining agreements and multiemployer plans and trusts.
  • Counsels employers on union and pension plan related issues, such as benefits, partial termination and withdrawal liability.
  • Implements mergers of multiemployer funds and transfers of assets and liabilities between multiemployer funds
  • Advises on the day-to-day functions and responsibilities of fund offices, including reviewing and selecting fund staff and vendors, counseling on benefit appeals, reviewing qualified domestic relations orders and preparing fund handbooks, manuals, procedures and policies.

Executive Compensation

  • Negotiates employment agreements and equity compensation arrangements at public and private companies across many industries.
  • Counsels on non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, non-disparagement and other restrictive covenant issues.
  • Advises on the impact of 409A rules and regulations.
  • Renders employment, compensation and tax advice to celebrities, public personalities, influencers and high net worth individuals in connection with their business activities.

Corporate Transactions

  • Counsels on employee benefits issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions, such as executive compensation, disposition of equity awards upon change of control, and other severance issues.
  • Designs and implements equity-based plans and agreements (e.g., SARs, stock options, and restricted stock), bonus plans, severance plans, employment agreements and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements.  


Professional Associations and Activities

  • California State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Articles in the National Law Review database by Jean Y. Yu