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Integrating people issues with business strategies

Most business leaders understand the value of employees — they’re the human capital that drives the productivity of your organization. You probably refer to them as your number-one asset. You depend on them to provide extraordinary service and innovative ideas, the competitive edge you need.

Ensuring that your employee benefits, including your 401(k) plan, executive deferred compensation, and your healthcare benefits, align with the needs of your organization and its employees is a critical element of your success. Our employee benefits consulting team will review and model plan design alternatives, develop and install qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, and evaluate third-party administrators to reduce costs and risks. 

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The SECURE Act: What it means for you

Pilars
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SECURE Act: Inherited retirement accounts and the impact on your estate plan
The SECURE Act changes the rules on retirement accounts. Here’s how it’ll affect inherited retirement accounts, taxes, and your estate plan.
Alicia Cole Wealth Management
Article March 20, 2020 10 min read
SECURE Act: Life insurance can offer new tax benefits
Christopher Harper Wealth Management
Article February 18, 2020 2 min read

Business owners considering ESOPs: Beware of "success fees"
Any company considering an employee stock ownership plan should be mindful of potential pitfalls

Employee Benefits Consulting Thought Leadership

  • Construction industry ESOPs: Building for the long term

    Employee stock ownership plans are a valuable exit strategy for construction owners looking to receive a fair price for a business that will continue under a new generation of leaders.

    Michael Krucker Shane Brown
    Article March 1, 2021 7 min read
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  • The value of TSR plans and other performance-based equity compensation

    Performance-based equity compensation plans reward employees based on the future financial performance of the company. Here’s what you need to know.

    David Howell David Grubb
    Article February 26, 2021 12 min read
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  • Comparison of COVID-19 employer tax incentives

    Recent COVID-19 legislation provides several generous tax incentives for employers through the payroll tax system. This alert provides a detailed analysis of each of these incentives, including illustrative examples and a comparative summary table for easy reference.

    Michael Krucker Kurt Piwko Brett Bissonnette Preston Ridinger
    Article February 19, 2021 30 min read
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  • Want to reward staff? Consider a nonqualified deferred compensation plan
    A nonqualified deferred compensation plan can be a highly effective way both to motivate critical staff and to lay a strong foundation that supports the long-term success of the business you worked so hard to build. Here are five things you need to know.
    Katie Redle Wealth Management Michael Krucker
    Article February 11, 2021 5 min read
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SOC 1 audit for government pension plan
MERS of Michigan proactively completes a SOC 1 Type 2 audit of their defined benefit pension plan system.
Case Study September 22, 2016 2 min read

Reducing employee benefit plan costs and risks

Our team of benefit plan experts has helped countless clients shape their benefits programs in order to retain vital employees and stay competitive. With our wide range of services and extensive expertise, we can help you implement creative techniques to reduce costs while maintaining or even enhancing benefits.

From designing qualified retirement plans, ESOPs, and executive compensation packages to comprehensive benefit plan reviews, you can depend on us to make certain your employee benefits align with your long-term goals.

In the words of Michael Krucker, leader of our employee benefits consulting group, “Our clients appreciate that we deliver solutions that align with the needs of their organization and their employees. We focus on the big picture to understand the impact of decisions rather than simply addressing the question presented.”

How can we help your business?

Contact us or submit an RFP