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Susan Gross Sholinsky
Susan Gross Sholinsky gives employers the tools they need to make smart decisions about their workforce challenges. She is a sharp, versatile partner to executives, human resources, and in-house legal teams who seek her out for her straight-forward advice and access to boots-on-the-ground resources, regardless of location. Susan also helps employers ensure compliance with the latest local, state, and federal laws, from sexual harassment to discrimination, restrictive covenants, paid family leave, and accommodations. When a company makes an acquisition, she literally writes the legal and compliance script for ensuring a smooth transition and integrating employees into the new organization. Her succinct talking points help deliver key updates and tough decisions to affected team members.
Whether she’s conducting training on anti-harassment (similar to Epstein Becker Green’s “Halting Harassment” online training tool) or leading training on diversity, internal investigations, or performance documentation best practices, Susan’s effective training style helps managers spot problems early and boost productivity through safe, compliant practices. Susan helps employers respond rapidly to social issues, like the #MeToo or racial justice movements. She spearheaded the firm’s COVID-19 taskforce that provides employers with practical advice supported by training programs compliant in all 50 states, and dozens of pandemic-related policies and forms, as well as client advisories, blog posts, and articles.
Susan holds several leadership positions within the firm, including as Vice Chair of both the Employment Labor & Workforce Management Steering Committee and the Diversity and Professional Development Committee and as a member of the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee of the Women’s Initiative. Among her many professional and community volunteer initiatives, she has served multiple years as New York Co-Chair of 50/50 Women on Boards: Global Conversation on Board Diversity. She was also recognized as one of 2020’s Responsible 100 by City & State New York, an award bestowed upon private-sector leaders whose work makes life better in communities in New York City and across the state.
Gretchen Harders is a Member of the Firm in the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice, in the firm's New York office.
Ms. Harders' practice focuses on all aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits law. Ms. Harders counsels a broad range of clients on executive compensation and employee benefit issues, tax-qualified and non-qualified plans, 401(k) plans, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, deferred compensation, executive incentive compensation plans, executive employment and severance agreements, Section 409A compliance, equity-based compensation plans, multiemployer plans and health and welfare plans and trusts.
- Advises corporate clients on employee benefits compliance matters, tax-qualified pension plan compliance, defined benefit plans, Section 401(k) plans, multiemployer plan funding and administration, health and welfare benefit plans and fringe benefit plans
- Represents corporate clients and health care providers on health and welfare benefit plans, health care products and the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Advises both corporate and individual clients on executive compensation issues, including the design of executive employment contracts, incentive compensation arrangements, stock option plans and severance agreements, with a concentration in cross-border executive compensation and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act
- Represents tax-exempt and not-for-profit institutions with respect to pension plans, executive compensation, deferred compensation and employee benefits compliance matters
Ms. Harders is a frequent speaker on various employee benefit issues and developments and has authored articles on various topics of ERISA and employee benefits law, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Ms. Harders has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2014 to 2018) in the field of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 United States (2013, 2014, 2018), in the category of Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans: Design, and named to the New York Metro Super Lawyerslist (2013 to 2017) in the area of Employee Benefits.
- Chapter 24, "Claims, Disputes, and Settlements," Section 409A Handbook(BNA Books, Fall 2010).
- "Surprises for Publicly-Traded Multinational Employers: Complying with Section 409A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code," International Legal News, Volume 5, Issue 2 (Aug. 15, 2008).
- "Applying new US tax rules on deferred compensation to cross border arrangements," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2007/8, with Howard Pianko (Sept. 13, 2007).
- "Cross-border employment contracts — practical considerations for the multinational employer," PLC Cross Border Employee and Labour Benefits Handbook 2006/7, with Howard Pianko (Aug. 10, 2006).
- "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Tax and ERISA Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (Feb. 2004).
- "Employer Stock Funds in Corporate Transactions: Federal Securities Law Considerations," BNA Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal (April 2004).
- University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1997)
- University of Chicago (B.A., 1989)
- New York
- Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
- Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
- Health Care and Life Sciences Industry
- American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section
- New York State Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Tax Section