Seale Pylate

Seale Pylate practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation in the firm's labor and employment section. She works with plan sponsors in the areas of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and plans sponsored by governmental and tax-exempt entities. She also works with health plan sponsors on matters related to compliance with health care reform and other federal laws.

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Seale Pylate practices in the area of employee benefits and executive compensation in the firm's labor and employment section. She works with plan sponsors in the areas of qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and plans sponsored by governmental and tax-exempt entities. She also works with health plan sponsors on matters related to compliance with health care reform and other federal laws.

Her practice is largely devoted to working with employers to implement documentary and procedural changes required by ERISA or the Internal Revenue Code, such as applying Code Section 409A to nonqualified deferred compensation plans and ensuring compliance with evolving fiduciary standards. Ms. Pylate assists plan sponsors in conducting compliance reviews as well as day-to-day transactional advice.

Experience

  • Representation of large bank holding company with respect to all benefit matters, including pensions, welfare, and defined compensation matters.
  • Representation of nonprofit hospital system in connection with changes to qualified plans.
  • Representation of mid-sized and large employers in connection with compliance with health care reform.

Insights

Speaking Engagements
  • 40th Annual Mississippi Labor & Employment Law Conference (August 2017)
  • "Applying the New Fiduciary Rule: Best Practices and Client Communications ” presented to the Mississippi Bankers’ Association (November 2016)
  • 39th Annual Mississippi Labor & Employment Law Conference (August 2016)
  • “PPACA and Other Welfare Plan Guidance” presented to NAWIC, Jackson Chapter (March 2016)
  • “PPACA Compliance for 2016” presented to Governmental Employer Client Group (December 2015)
  • “PPACA Reporting Requirements” presented to Data Systems Management Client Group (October 2015)
  • "A Benefits Grab Bag: Plan Communication, DOMA, and Planning for 2013," presented at the Northeast Mississippi Human Resources Association of SHRM (November 2013)
  • "PPACA Planning for Small Governmental Employers," presented to 2013 Mississippi Municipal League (November 2013)
  • "Welfare Plan Compliance and Look at Wellness and Other Health Care Reform Issues," presented at the Northeast Mississippi Human Resources association of SHRM (November 2013)
  • "A Look at Wellness and Other Healthcare Reform News," presented at Phelps Dunbar's 2013 Labor and Employment Law Seminar (August 2013)
  • "Fee Disclosures and Other Retirement Plan News," presented at Phelps Dunbar's 2013 Labor and Employment Law Seminar (August 2013)
  • "Application of DOMA to Benefit Planning and Other Recent Updates," presented to the National Association of Women in Construction (July 22, 2013)
  • "Healthcare Reform for Governmental Employers," presented to 2013 Mississippi Municipal League Conference (July 16, 2013)
  • "Complying with the Employer Mandate and Other Healthcare Reform Issues," presented at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (April 17, 2013)
  • "Practical Tips for ACA Compliance," presented at the Mississippi Hospital Association (April 4, 2013)
  • "Employer Readiness for the Mandate and 2014," presented at the Regions Symposium (March 20, 2013)
  • "Planning for Healthcare Reform in 2014 and Beyond," presented at Acclaim Roundtable Symposium (February 27, 2013)
  • "Health Reform Readiness," presented to East Central Mississippi Human Resource Association (February 13, 2013)
  • "Healthcare Reform Planning for Small Employer Plans," presented to National Association of Women in Construction, Jackson Chapter (January 28, 2013)
  • Webinar on Health Care Reform (August 2012)
  • 2012 Mississippi Labor & Employment Law Seminar (March 2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Executive Compensation Subcommittee, Employee Benefits Committee, Section of Taxation; Fiduciary Responsibility Subcommittee, Committee on Employee Benefits, Section of Labor and Employment
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • Leadership Greater Jackson, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce (2006 Graduate)
  • Governor’s Study Commission on the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell