Employee Compensation Plans2023-11-10T21:42:27+00:00

Employee Compensation plans

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Employee Compensation Services

Employee Compensation Plan Design

Our skilled attorneys work closely with businesses to design comprehensive and competitive employee compensation plans. These plans are meticulously crafted to align with your business goals while adhering to the SEC guidelines relevant to your industry. We consider various factors such as company size, industry standards, and long-term business objectives to create customized compensation structures.

SEC Compliance Assessment

Navigating the intricate regulations set forth by the SEC can be challenging. Forward Law Firm conducts thorough compliance assessments, reviewing your existing compensation plans and practices. We identify potential areas of concern and develop strategies to ensure your business complies with SEC regulations. Our goal is to provide you with a clear understanding of your current compliance status and recommend necessary adjustments.

Executive Compensation Packages

For businesses with executive-level employees, Forward Law Firm assists in structuring competitive executive compensation packages. These packages are designed to attract top talent while addressing the unique compliance challenges associated with executive compensation, including stock options, deferred compensation, and equity-based incentives.

Employee Benefits and Perks

In addition to salary and bonuses, employee benefits and perks play a significant role in attracting and retaining skilled professionals. Forward Law Firm advises businesses on designing comprehensive benefit packages, including health insurance, retirement plans, stock options, and other non-monetary incentives. We ensure these offerings comply with SEC regulations and other applicable laws.

Work with Forward

Recognizing the intricate legal considerations surrounding significant investments, Forward Law Firm offers essential preventive legal services tailored for asset protection. We understand the challenges involved in safeguarding your assets and provide proactive solutions to address potential legal issues, establishing a robust foundation for your financial security.

Our team of seasoned attorneys is dedicated to securing your interests and ensuring the protection of your assets. By investing in preventive legal services with Forward Law Firm, you gain a committed partner working tirelessly to safeguard your wealth and assets. With our comprehensive legal support, you can be confident that your financial future is well-protected and poised for success.

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Risk Exists Everywhere

What is at risk?

As a business owner, risk can be found virtually everywhere. Statistically, anywhere between 35% – 53% of small businesses are engaged in at least one legal dispute yearly. At any time, 90% of all businesses are engaged in litigation.*

That is why asset protection is such a crucial aspect of your overall business strategy.


Of Business Involved in Litigation at any given time


Percentage of Small Businesses Sued Yearly

Types of Employee Compensation Securities

  • 1

    Stock Option Plans

    Stock option plans allow employees to purchase company stock at a predetermined price, often below the market value. These plans can be incentive stock options (ISOs) or non-qualified stock options (NSOs). SEC regulations require proper disclosure of stock option plans, including details about the number of options granted, exercise price, and vesting schedules, in the company’s filings and prospectus.

  • 2

    Employee Stock Purchase Plans (ESPPs)

    ESPPs enable employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price, often through payroll deductions. SEC regulations govern the disclosure of ESPP terms and conditions, ensuring transparency for both employees and investors. Compliance includes providing detailed information about the plan in public filings and adhering to the rules outlined in the Securities Act of 1933.

  • 3

    Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) and Restricted Stock Awards (RSAs)

    RSUs and RSAs are forms of equity compensation where employees receive company shares upon meeting specific vesting conditions. SEC regulations require clear disclosure of these grants in public filings, including information about the number of shares, vesting schedules, and any performance-based criteria. Compliance ensures accurate reporting to shareholders and potential investors.

  • 4

    Performance-Based Equity Awards

    Some companies grant equity awards based on predetermined performance metrics, such as revenue targets or stock price goals. SEC regulations mandate transparent disclosure of these metrics and the criteria for earning the awards. Proper communication of performance-based equity plans is vital to maintain investor trust and comply with federal securities laws.

  • 5

    Deferred Compensation Plans

    Deferred compensation plans, such as phantom stock allow employees to defer a portion of their salary or bonuses to a future date, often upon retirement or another qualifying event. These plans must adhere to SEC regulations, ensuring proper disclosure of the terms, risks, and benefits associated with deferred compensation. Compliance also involves adhering to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, as deferred compensation plans may have tax implications.

  • 6

    Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

    ESOPs are retirement plans that enable employees to become partial owners of the company through the acquisition of company stock. SEC regulations govern the communication of ESOP details to employees and investors, ensuring accurate reporting and transparency regarding the company’s financial health and stock performance.

Why work with us?

Looking to safeguard your assets and ensure a secure future? Forward Law Firm creates estate plans designed to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape. Our attorneys offer clarity and protection, empowering you to make informed decisions that safeguard your investment and pave the way for a promising future.


How can my business schedule a consultation with Forward Law Firm for employer legal services?2023-10-19T20:12:43+00:00

To schedule a consultation with Forward Law Firm, please contact our office via phone or email. During the consultation, we will discuss your specific employment-related concerns and explore how our legal expertise can benefit your business

Does Forward Law Firm provide ongoing legal support for employment-related matters?2023-10-19T20:12:07+00:00

Yes, Forward Law Firm offers ongoing legal support to businesses, including regular updates on employment laws, policy reviews, and consultations. Our goal is to establish a long-term partnership, providing timely and relevant legal guidance as your business evolves.

How does Forward Law Firm assist businesses in managing employee terminations and layoffs?2023-10-19T20:11:39+00:00

Managing employee terminations and layoffs requires careful legal consideration to avoid potential legal challenges. Forward Law Firm provides guidance on the proper procedures, documentation, and communication, helping businesses handle these situations with fairness and compliance.

What should my business do in case of an employment-related lawsuit or complaint?2023-10-19T20:11:09+00:00

If your business is facing an employment-related lawsuit or complaint, contact Forward Law Firm immediately. We will assess the situation, develop a legal strategy, and guide you through the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and your business’s interests are defended.

What steps should my business take to ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations?2023-10-19T20:10:16+00:00

Compliance with employment laws is essential to avoid legal complications. Forward Law Firm conducts comprehensive assessments of your business practices and provides guidance on implementing policies and procedures that align with relevant regulations, promoting a compliant work environment.

Is my business required to have specific employment contracts or agreements in place?2023-10-19T20:09:56+00:00

Employment contracts and agreements are crucial for defining the terms of employment and protecting both employers and employees. Forward Law Firm assists businesses in drafting customized contracts tailored to their specific needs, ensuring legal compliance and clarity in employment relationships.

How does Forward Law Firm handle disputes between employers and employees?2023-10-19T20:08:59+00:00

Forward Law Firm adopts a proactive approach to resolve disputes, emphasizing open communication and negotiation whenever possible. We explore alternative dispute resolution methods and, if necessary, provide vigorous representation in litigation to protect your business interests.

What types of employment-related issues can Forward Law Firm help my business address?2023-10-19T20:08:38+00:00

We assist businesses with various employment matters, including employee contracts, workplace policies, discrimination claims, wage disputes, and compliance with state and federal labor laws. Our goal is to minimize legal risks and ensure your business operates in accordance with the law.

How can Forward Law Firm assist my business with employment-related legal matters?2023-10-19T20:08:08+00:00

Forward Law Firm offers comprehensive legal guidance on a wide range of employment issues. We provide strategic advice and practical solutions to help businesses navigate complex employment laws and regulations.

What is a living will, and how does Forward Law Firm help clients in drafting one?2023-10-19T20:38:49+00:00

A living will, or advance healthcare directive, outlines your healthcare preferences if you become incapacitated. Forward Law Firm assists clients in drafting living wills, ensuring their medical treatment wishes are respected and followed in the event of serious illness or incapacity.

How does Forward Law Firm assist in business succession planning?2023-10-19T20:38:32+00:00

Business succession planning involves preparing for the transfer of a business in the event of retirement, disability, or death. Forward Law Firm provides legal counsel on structuring business succession plans, ensuring a smooth transition of ownership and management to the next generation or designated successors.

What is the importance of beneficiary designations in estate planning?2023-10-19T20:37:51+00:00

Beneficiary designations on financial accounts and insurance policies play a critical role in estate planning. Forward Law Firm guides clients in properly designating beneficiaries to ensure assets are transferred efficiently and in accordance with their wishes.

How can Forward Law Firm assist in protecting assets from creditors and legal claims?2023-10-19T20:37:26+00:00

Asset protection is vital for safeguarding wealth from potential creditors and legal claims. Forward Law Firm provides legal strategies to protect assets, including the use of trusts, limited liability entities, and other lawful means to shield assets from potential risks.

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Who This is For.

New Business Owners

New business owners are at a huge risk of disputes and litigation, whether from a business ownership dispute, or a gap or oversight in one of their contracts. With limited resources, you have to feel confident in your legal representation that they can get you the best coverage in place as quickly as possible.

Existing Business Owners

If you’ve been operating for awhile, you know legal issues can come out of nowhere, and often when you’re the least prepared. Retaining an experienced commercial litigation attorney can make all the difference when it comes to final numbers with fees and settlements, or judgments.

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