Robert S. Kaplan advises corporate, nonprofit, and governmental employers on issues related to the design, drafting, implementation, and termination of retirement and health and wellness benefits plans. Mr. Kaplan regularly works with our mergers and acquisitions and securities attorneys to analyze employee benefits and executive compensation components of corporate transactions.
Mr. Kaplan frequently works on the correction of plan defects under Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service procedures and counsels plan fiduciaries and benefits committees on their fiduciary obligations. He also works with third-party administrators on their obligations with regards to plan administration. Mr. Kaplan has conducted investigations for ERISA Fiduciary Violations, and reviewed and processed Voluntary Fiduciary Compliance Program (VFCP) applications by plan fiduciaries to correct prohibited transactions for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Prior to joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Kaplan worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Senior Compliance Consultant and Prototype Document Manager. Mr. Kaplan was principal drafter of a proprietary prototype document and related amendments, Summary Plan Descriptions, and Summary of Material Modifications, and provided compliance consulting to plan sponsors and fiduciaries on plan design and operations. He also formerly served as an ERISA Consultant with Ascensus Retirement Services.