July 01, 2020

Employee Benefits Committee

Committee Leadership


Andrew Liazos


Elena Kaplan

Erin Sweeney

Don Wellington

David Whaley

About the Committee

The Employee Benefits Committee focuses on developments and issues relating to employee benefits under the Code, ERISA and other laws. Our primary emphasis is preparing and presenting educational programs at each meeting of the ABA Tax Section. The Committee provides at least six hours of plenary session programs at each meeting. In addition, each of our substantive subcommittees and task forces usually meet for an hour or more at each meeting to present topical programs and discuss current issues. Please see the current ABA Tax Section meeting webpage for a schedule of our Committee programs.

Another very important emphasis of the Employee Benefits Committee is preparing comments to the IRS, Treasury and other government agencies on proposed guidance and emerging issues. If you are interested in helping on a comment project, please contact the Chair or any of the Vice Chairs of the Committee to express your interest. You also may find our completed comments useful.

The Committee also participates in the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB). The JCEB coordinates the activities of the employee benefits committees of six sections. Those activities include live and teleconference CLE programs and meetings with federal agency officials each May that are reported as a series of questions and answers from each agency. Click here to join the JCEB Member list and receive monthly JCEB e-mailings.

Our Committee operates through more than 15 subcommittees, task forces and forums. 

Please join our committee, if you have not already done so, and if you are a member, please get involved! We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and working with you on our Committee projects.

Join us on Tax Connect! Details below.

Join us on Tax Connect! Details below.

Employee Benefits on Tax Connect

Tax Connect is an online and email platform for networking, exchanging ideas, getting advice, and interacting with fellow lawyers and legal professionals with whom you share similar areas of interest. Tax Connect communities are grouped around common practice areas like Pro Bono & Tax Clinics and International Taxation. The communities are open to any Section member and are a great way to collaborate on projects and upcoming meetings! 

Check out the Employee Benefits Community on Tax Connect and get involved today!

To learn more about ABA Tax Connect view the User Guide.

Joining Section of Taxation Committees

The Tax Section has over thirty member-led committees and Section Members can join as many as they would like. Each committee deals with a common practice area, such as Individual & Family Taxation, Exempt Organizations, Employee Benefits, etc.. A full list is available on our Committees & Task Forces landing page. If you are interested in getting involved, learn more about Section Membership here.

Our committees provide a great opportunity to network and to get involved. Committee members create robust and current CLE sessions for our conferences, participate in government comment projects, create committee newsletters or publications, and more. Feel free to Contact staff with any questions!