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William B. Szanzer is an associate in the Benefits & Compensation Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert.

Mr. Szanzer’s practice covers a broad range of legal issues related to employee benefit and compensation plans and programs, including retirement, health & welfare, deferred compensation and equity plans.

Mr. Szanzer has experience advising public and private companies of all sizes on:

  • Plan establishment and day-to-day plan management;
  • Qualified retirement plans, including defined contribution (401(k)) plans, defined benefit pension plans, cash balance plans and Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs);
  • Health and welfare plans, including self-insured medical plans, fully-insured medical plans, health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), dental plans, vision plans, health care flexible spending account plans, dependent care flexible spending account plans, disability plans, cafeteria plans, wellness programs, life insurance plans, and transportation plans;
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation plans, including phantom equity plans and other types of deferred compensation plans;
  • Equity compensation plans, including stock options, performance-based awards, restricted stock and cash awards, and other equity-based incentive plans;
  • Employment and severance agreements; and
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance.

Mr. Szanzer also has extensive experience handling employee benefit and compensation matters that arise in connection with mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Davis & Gilbert, Mr. Szanzer was a Tax Senior in the Equity and Executive Compensation Groups at Ernst & Young LLP.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

"Non-Competes, Non-Solicitation Restrictions and Confidentiality Agreements: Recent Legal Developments and Best Practices," Davis & Gilbert Counsel 2U®: Labor & Employment Seminar, February 2020

"Back To Basics: Overtime Classification Requirements and Its Application to Remote Employees," Davis & Gilbert Labor & Employment Seminar, March 2019

PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author, "IRS Provides Cafeteria Plans with Flexibility Due To COVID-19," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, June 2020

Contributor, "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2020

Co-Author, "Group Health Plans: Regulators Extend Deadlines During the COVID-19 Crisis," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2020

Co-Author, "Retirement Plans: Regulators Provide Relief from Certain ERISA Requirements During the COVID-19 Crisis," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2020

Co-Author, "Los Angeles and San Francisco Issue New Legislation and Employer Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic," D&G Labor & Employment Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "Top 10 Benefits and Compensation Questions in Light of the Novel Coronavirus," D&G Benefits and Compensation COVID-19 FAQS, April 2020

Co-Author, "COVID-19 and Executive Compensation," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "COVID-19 Considerations for Retirement Plan Sponsors and Committees," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "Health and Welfare Considerations for Plan Sponsors Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Contributor, "Final Regulations Provide Employers with More Flexibility in Offering HRAs to Employees," Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2019

Contributor, "Proposed Regulations Provide Employers with More Flexibility in Offering HRAs to Employees," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2019

Co-Author, "IRS Reopens Its Determination Letter Program to Cash Balance Plans and Merged Plans," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2019

Contributor, "DOL Expands Access to Association Health Plans," Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2018

Co-Author, "Student Loan Repayment Benefit Under a 401(k) Plan: An Important New Benefit That Employers Can Offer Right Now," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, September 2018

Contributor, "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2018

Co-Author, "IRS Begins Issuing ACA Penalty Notices to Employers," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, November 2017

Co-Author, "ERISA Litigation: A Look Around the Bend," Confero, Fall 2017

Co-Author, "Financial Wellness: Are You Legally Fit?" Confero, Spring 2017

Co-Author, "New Law Allows Small Employers to Offer Standalone HRAs," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, January 2017

Co-Author, "Next ACA Employer Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, November 2016

Co-Author, "Workforce of the Future: Is Your Plan Ready?" Confero,  Fall 2016

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

New York State Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York

EDUCATION

The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2013
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

"Non-Competes, Non-Solicitation Restrictions and Confidentiality Agreements: Recent Legal Developments and Best Practices," Davis & Gilbert Counsel 2U®: Labor & Employment Seminar, February 2020

"Back To Basics: Overtime Classification Requirements and Its Application to Remote Employees," Davis & Gilbert Labor & Employment Seminar, March 2019

PUBLICATIONS

Co-Author, "IRS Provides Cafeteria Plans with Flexibility Due To COVID-19," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, June 2020

Contributor, "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2020

Co-Author, "Group Health Plans: Regulators Extend Deadlines During the COVID-19 Crisis," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2020

Co-Author, "Retirement Plans: Regulators Provide Relief from Certain ERISA Requirements During the COVID-19 Crisis," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2020

Co-Author, "Los Angeles and San Francisco Issue New Legislation and Employer Guidance in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic," D&G Labor & Employment Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "Top 10 Benefits and Compensation Questions in Light of the Novel Coronavirus," D&G Benefits and Compensation COVID-19 FAQS, April 2020

Co-Author, "COVID-19 and Executive Compensation," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "COVID-19 Considerations for Retirement Plan Sponsors and Committees," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Co-Author, "Health and Welfare Considerations for Plan Sponsors Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, April 2020

Contributor, "Final Regulations Provide Employers with More Flexibility in Offering HRAs to Employees," Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2019

Contributor, "Proposed Regulations Provide Employers with More Flexibility in Offering HRAs to Employees," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2019

Co-Author, "IRS Reopens Its Determination Letter Program to Cash Balance Plans and Merged Plans," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, May 2019

Contributor, "DOL Expands Access to Association Health Plans," Employee Relations Law Journal, Winter 2018

Co-Author, "Student Loan Repayment Benefit Under a 401(k) Plan: An Important New Benefit That Employers Can Offer Right Now," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, September 2018

Contributor, "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017," Employee Relations Law Journal, Summer 2018

Co-Author, "IRS Begins Issuing ACA Penalty Notices to Employers," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, November 2017

Co-Author, "ERISA Litigation: A Look Around the Bend," Confero, Fall 2017

Co-Author, "Financial Wellness: Are You Legally Fit?" Confero, Spring 2017

Co-Author, "New Law Allows Small Employers to Offer Standalone HRAs," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, January 2017

Co-Author, "Next ACA Employer Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching," D&G Benefits & Compensation Alert, November 2016

Co-Author, "Workforce of the Future: Is Your Plan Ready?" Confero,  Fall 2016

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

New York State Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

New York

EDUCATION

The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2013
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009