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Elizabeth J. Masson

Elizabeth J. Masson

Partner

Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

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Liz focuses her practice on employee benefits law. She represents public and private employee benefit plan sponsors and fiduciaries in all aspects of compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, HIPAA, and various federal and state labor and employment laws.

Liz advises governmental and private employers on a variety of legal issues related to:

  • fiduciary duty rules
  • tax qualification requirements
  • plan documents, restatements and amendments
  • tax reporting
  • negotiating and contracting with third-party service providers
  • participant communications.

Liz has extensive experience working with governmental and private employers, including public sector retirement systems and active employee and retiree health plan sponsors, in all areas of plan design, tax-qualification, and administration. She also has experience advising multiemployer plans and contributing employers, and other collectively bargained plan sponsors.

Before joining a law firm, Liz served as a law clerk for the National Labor Relations Board's Division of Judges, and as a legal extern with Region 20 of the National Labor Relations Board.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2005)
B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder (1986)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Western Pension and Benefits Council
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • ABA Employee Benefits Committee, Labor and Employment Section
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Labor and Employment Section
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Section
  • UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association
Articles

"Ninth Circuit Rules ERISA Pension Plan Must Pay Survivor Benefits to Registered Domestic Partner," Employee Benefits Alert (June 2019)
"New IRS Rules Allow Retirement Plan Sponsors to Self-Correct Broader Range of Plan Failures," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (May 2019)
"IRS Issues Proposed Regulations to Relax 401(k) Plan Hardship Distribution Rules," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (December 2018)
"IRS Extends Deadline for Providing Health Coverage Forms to Employees under the ACA, But Not the IRS Filing Deadline," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (December 2018)
"Buy Me Some Peanuts and Crackerjacks? IRS Provides Guidance on Tax Deductions for Business Meals Provided with Entertainment," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (October 2018)
"Health & Welfare Benefits, Checklist - Association Health Plan Compliance for Employers," Bloomberg Law (September 2018)
"ACA: 4 Things Employers Should Focus on This Fall," BenefitsPRO (August 2018)
"Lessons for Defined Contribution Plan Fiduciaries from Current Litigation," Employee Benefits Alert (July 2018)
"Three Things about the Affordable Care Act Employers Need to Focus on Now," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (July 2018)
"DOL Finalizes Rules to Expand Access to Health Plans for Small Businesses," Employee Benefits Alert (June 2018)
"New ERISA Disability Benefit Claims and Appeals Rules Take Effect April 2, 2018," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (March 2018)
"IRS Extends Deadline for Providing Health Coverage Forms to Employees, But Not the IRS Filing Deadline," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (January 2018)
"New Rules Would Expand Access to Association Health Plans for Small Businesses," co-author, Employee Benefits Alert (January 2018)
"IRS Issues 401(k) Safe Harbor Hardship Distribution Substantiation Guidelines," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (March 2017)
"IRS Issues Updated ACA Guidance and Extends Deadline for Providing 1095-C Forms to Employees," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (January 2017)

"Is the ACA Dead Yet? Not So Fast," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (November 2016)


"New ACA Rules for HRAs, Flex Credits and Opt-Out Payments," co-author, Employee Benefits Law Alert (September 2016)


"IRS Raises Stakes: New Trade Law Increases Penalties Applicable to Affordable Care Act Reporting Requirements," Employee Benefits Law Alert (August 2015)
“Chapter 14: Liability Issues Unique to Welfare Plans,” Chapter Editor, Employee Benefits Law (2nd and 3rd eds.)
“Chapter 8: Regulation of Employee Health Care Benefit Plans,” Chapter Editor, Employee Benefits Law (3rd ed.)
“Chapter 7: Tax Treatment of Welfare Benefit Plans,” Chapter Editor, Employee Benefits Law (3rd ed.)
"Chapter 4: Reporting and Disclosure," contributing author, Employee Benefits Law (2nd ed.)


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