Goodmans' Pension, Benefits and Compensation Group provides services to clients in all areas of pension law. We offer a uniquely broad perspective because we have represented clients on all sides of the table – regulators, plan administrators, management, employees and unions. We have also assisted in the formation of pension plan policy and drafting of legislation in countries other than Canada. For example, one of our lawyers drafted the Occupational Pension Benefits Act, 2003 (Barbados).
We offer expertise from plan design to wind-up, and at every stage in-between. We understand plan mergers, transfers, wind-ups, and the use of surpluses. We are sensitive to labour relations nuances and the dynamics and demands of a collective bargaining environment. Our services include plan design and interpretation, drafting of plan documents and amendments, and litigation advice and services. We provide opinions on statutory duties, fiduciary obligations and plan governance. Such advice often includes assisting in the development of policies, procedures and forms for use by administrators and plan members. We attend committee and trustees’ meetings to provide on-the-spot advice. We pride ourselves on being proactive. We help our clients solve problems before they arise.
We prepare submissions to government on behalf of employers, other plan sponsors and pension plan administrators. Governments retain us to provide advice on legislative or regulatory initiatives. Our litigators appear before regulatory authorities, tribunals and courts on pension and related matters such as tax.
We keep current with regulatory change, developments in jurisprudence and enforcement issues, as well as developments in key areas that impact pension plans, such as changes in funding requirements and actuarial and accounting standards, labour relations, litigation, pay equity, human rights, and family law.
Members of the group are currently responsible for contributing a monthly online column for Benefits Canada and have written articles in a variety of publications including Benefits Canada Magazine, the Estates, Trusts and Pensions Journal and the Canadian Tax Journal.