#ICYMI Understanding Top Hat Plans

January 3, 2019

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Don’t Put Away Your New Year’s Eve Top Hat Just Yet!

Over the past five-plus years of publishing Deferred Compensation News, (previously known as Fulcrum Partners News), no topic has ever attracted as many views or as much traffic as that of “Top Hat Plans.”

In November 2018, the AALU Washington Report addressed some of the challenges and lack of clear guidance in identifying a company’s “top hat” group. Fulcrum Partners shared that information with its readers in a PDF suitable to download, print or read online.

Because Top Hat Plans continue to raise discussion and cause confusion, we encourage you to download the report and then follow up with any member of the team at Fulcrum Partners should you have questions.

As court cases have demonstrated, making sure you identify your top hat plans and appropriately limit eligibility in those plans can be important for avoiding significant litigation risk or ERISA (The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) fines.

These three historic documents may also provide helpful insights:


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