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Cristopher Jones

Cristopher Jones

Associate

Cristopher Jones is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. He advises clients of all sizes on the design and administration of retirement, health care, employee compensation and wellness arrangements. Cristopher also counsels employee benefit plan administrators and trustees concerning their fiduciary obligations under ERISA.

In addition, Cristopher advises public and private companies on employee benefits issues related to mergers, acquisitions and debt offerings. He also helps employers, benefit plans and health care companies comply with HIPAA’s privacy, security and breach notification rules.

Before joining Proskauer, Cristopher was an employee benefits and executive compensation attorney at Eversheds Sutherland and a law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. He also has served as benefits counsel to a Fortune 50 financial services company, as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a legal extern for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cristopher helps victims of domestic violence secure civil protection orders against their abusers and advises small charities about their employee benefit plans as pro bono public service. He is also active on the boards of the WCL Lambda Law Alumni Association, DC Benefits Attorneys and Friends of Reservoir Hill.

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Congress Delays the “Cadillac Tax” and Other ACA-Related Taxes and Fees

On January 22, 2018 Congress passed (and the President signed) the Federal Register Printing Savings Act (the “Act”), which temporarily (until February 8, 2018) continued funding federal government activity and appropriates funds to various health-related programs (e.g., the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid, and childhood obesity programs).  In addition to providing for appropriations, the Act … Continue Reading

DOL and IRS Issue Guidance for Employee Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of massive floods caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Department of Labor (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued initial employee benefit plan guidance. The temporary relief provided in the guidance relates to such things as hardship distributions, plan loans, filing deadlines, plan deposits, and notice requirements.  … Continue Reading

Protecting Your Qualified Retirement Plan Now that the IRS Determination Program is (Mostly) Closed

A lot has been written over the last few months about what to do now that the IRS has closed its determination letter program for ongoing individually designed tax-qualified retirement plans. Some see this as cause for celebration because we no longer have to go through the trouble of collecting documents, filling out forms, and … Continue Reading
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