Krisa Benskin

Special Counsel

krisa.benskin@bakerbotts.com

Houston

P: +1.713.229.1120 F: +1.713.229.7820
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Ms. Benskin advises clients with respect to the design and implementation of employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements. She has wide-ranging experience with all aspects of health and welfare plans, including requirements under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Ms. Benskin also advises clients with respect to the design and ongoing compliance and tax-qualification of qualified plans, including 401(k) plans and defined benefit plans.

Additionally, Ms. Benskin advises clients on a variety of executive compensation matters, including employment and consulting agreements, golden parachute and severance arrangements, deferred compensation and other nonqualified plans and performance-and equity-based compensation arrangements. She regularly assists clients in understanding and managing the employee and benefits plan aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Related Experience

  • Drafting wrap plan documents, summary plan descriptions and other participant communications for health and welfare plans
  • Drafting and advising clients with respect to Section 125 cafeteria plans
  • Advising a multiemployer plan regarding PPACA and other welfare compliance matters
  • Drafting HIPAA procedures and related documents
  • Conducting in-house HIPAA compliance training
  • Advising clients with respect to the impact of health care reform, including employer responsibility, “Cadillac” taxes, nondiscrimination and patient protection requirements
  • Drafting an employee stock purchase plan and related participant communications
  • Managing defined benefit plan termination with PBGC
  • Advising clients with respect to plan corrections under the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS); filing voluntary compliance program (VCP) submissions under EPCRS
  • Advising large multinational client with respect to employee and benefit plan issues in the sale of a large division; drafting deal documents and employee agreements related to same
  • Drafting employment agreements, consulting agreements and severance arrangements
  • Advising clients and drafting document provisions regarding Section 409A
  • Drafting deferred compensation and “top hat” plans and related participant communications
  • Advising corporate and executive clients with respect to golden parachute calculations under Section 280G
  • Advising clients with respect to the design of performance-based compensation under Section 162(m)
  • Representing executives in negotiating and drafting employment agreements and employee benefit plans in the context of a corporate acquisition
  • Advising clients on proper withholding and reporting of employment and income taxes
  • Representing plan sponsor of welfare plan in ERISA litigation over benefits claims

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