Gina M. Schneider

Gina M. Schneider, Counsel in the Firm’s Newark, New Jersey office, is a member of the Labor Law and Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice Groups.

Gina concentrates her practice in employee benefits and labor and employment law matters representing management. She advises employers on all aspects of employee benefits law including the structuring and implementation of retirement plans, welfare benefit programs and deferred compensation plans and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and tax code compliance with respect to such plans. Gina represents employers and plan sponsors in state and federal court regarding claims for benefits under pension, health and welfare plans and counsels employers regarding their obligations under multi-employer benefit plans. She counsels employers on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship in the union and non-union context, including employee acquisition, retention and termination, executive compensation, drug-testing policies, wage-hour compliance, leaves of absence, and the labor, employment and benefits issues that arise in the course of mergers, acquisitions, facility closings, business expansion and force reductions. Gina also negotiates project labor agreements for the firm’s construction industry clients in connection with large scale construction projects.

Representative Matters:

• Assisted corporate and non-profit employers in structuring non-qualified deferred compensation plans compliant with Sections 409A and 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code

• Defended employers and plan sponsors in judicial proceedings under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and state law seeking pension benefits, health insurance benefits, severance pay benefits, and pension withdrawal liability

• Counseled plan sponsors regarding health and welfare benefit plan design and compliance issues including compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and Medicare coordination of benefits rules

• Represented retirement and welfare plan sponsors before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor in connection with audit and plan administration and collection matters

• Assisted plan sponsors with the termination and wind-down of 401(k) plans and final distribution of plan assets

• Advised developers and construction companies in connection with negotiating and implementing project labor agreements with the Building and Construction Trades Councils in both New York and New Jersey for large scale construction projects in the Metropolitan area

• Assisted employers with ensuring their policies, contracts and benefits plans/wellness programs comply with employment-at-will guidelines, state and federal wage-hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Executive Order 11264, and other federal and state labor and employment laws

• Counseled employers on compliance with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) and related state laws in connection with facility closings and mass layoffs

Following law school and prior to joining Genova Burns, Gina served as a law clerk to the Honorable Melvin L. Gelade, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Since 2013, Gina has been recognized in New Jersey Monthly magazine by Super Lawyers for being named to the New Jersey “Rising Star” list in Labor and Employment Law.

Presentations:

• “Making Sense of the Affordable Care Act,” Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, December 6, 2013

• “Affordable Care Act: Intro for Transactions Lawyers,” Inns of Court, March 12, 2014

 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2006

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2006

  • Rutgers University – New Brunswick, B.A., B.S., 2003, cum laude