Bruce L. Wolff

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York


  • John Marshall Law School, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., cum laude
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Bruce L. Wolff


Barbara McReynolds

Bruce Wolff's practice involves representing companies, pension funds and executives in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation law.  Mr. Wolff advises clients with respect to tax and ERISA (fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction) issues, involving qualified retirement plans (including employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)), nonqualified deferred compensation plans (including Code sections 409A and 457(f) compliance), equity-based executive compensation plans, individual employment and severance agreements, merger and acquisition transactions, and health care reform.


  • Advised executives and employers on matters concerning negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, severance agreements, and equity compensation arrangements, including the impact of Code sections 409A and 457(f) deferred compensation tax issues.
  • Advised in-house counsel and HR staff in connection with various fiduciary duty and prohibited transaction issues regarding organizational structure, and service fee and compensation arrangements.
  • Advised on matters concerning retirement plan qualification tax issues under Code sections 401(a), 401(k) and 403(b) for large defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
  • Advised concerning negotiation and drafting of merger and acquisition transactional documents regarding employee benefits matters (including Code section 280G golden parachute rules).
  • Advised and negotiated with insurance companies and investment management companies concerning trust agreements and investment management agreements for company pension plans.
  • Advised employers on health care reform matters impacting employer-based group health plans.


  • “Deferred Compensation Basics: What You Need to Know to Avoid Substantial Penalties,” Brach Eichler CPA Series (October 19, 2016)
  • "Deferred Compensation Basics: What You Need to Know to Avoid Substantial Penalties," presented at Citrin Cooperman (June 9, 2016)
  • Employment Series: Qualified Plan Basics (April 20, 2016)
  • Employment Series: ERISA Basics: Fiduciary Duties, Prohibited Transactions, and More! (March 15, 2016)
  • Employment Series: Deferred Compensation Basics: What You Need To Know To Avoid Substantial Penalties (February 17, 2016)


In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Bruce was recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in the area of Employee Benefits/ERISA.

- Certified Public Accountant, New York 1984.


  • American Bar Association (Tax Section, Employee Benefits subcommittee), Member.


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Independent Contractor Protection Law In Effect In New York City As Of May 15Employment Services Blog | June 2017

New York City Passes Ban On Salary History InquiriesEmployment Services Blog | June 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Getting into the Weed(s) with Medical Marijuana in New JerseyEmployment Services Blog | March 2017

New York State Direct Deposit and Debit Card Wage Payment Regulations Invalidated and RevokedEmployment Services Blog | March 2017

Appellate Court Reaffirms Importance of Getting Jury Waiver Language RightEmployment Services Blog | February 2017

Use of New Form 1-9 RequiredEmployment Services Blog | February 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Harassment: It's Not Just Your Own Employees You Have To Worry AboutEmployment Services Blog | February 2017

HR Tip of the Month: Handbooks Are Only Useful When UsedEmployment Services Blog | January 2017

New York Raises Weekly Salary Thresholds for Executive and Administrative EmployeesEmployment Services Blog | January 2017

Morristown Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Goes Into EffectEmployment Services Blog | January 2017

New Jersey's Minimum Wage Set to IncreaseEmployment Services Blog | October 2016

New Overtime Regulations Go Into Effect on December 1, 2016Employment Services Blog | October 2016

Morristown Delays Effective Date of New Sick Leave OrdinanceEmployment Services Blog | October 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Politics in the Workplace, Understand the Legal RisksEmployment Services Blog | October 2016

HR Tip of the Month: If Retaliation Claims Still Are Not On Your Radar, You Need To Adjust Your AntennaEmployment Services Blog | September 2016

EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation ClaimsEmployment Services Blog | September 2016

The Department of Labor’s Response to the Recent Lawsuit Regarding Overtime RegulationsEmployment Services Blog | September 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Pregnancy Accommodation Requests. . . Are You Responding Properly?Employment Services Blog | July 29, 2016

While You Are on Vacation, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is Staying Busy This SummerEmployment Services Blog | June 2016

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That Unlawful Marital Status Discrimination Includes Employees Who Are In the Process of Getting DivorcedEmployment Services Blog | June 2016

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Against Shortened Statute of Limitations for Employment Discrimination ClaimsEmployment Services Blog | June 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Do You Remember the Last Time You Reviewed Your Company’s Handbook?Employment Services Blog | June 2016

HR Tip of the Month: The New Overtime Regulations Are Here . . . Are You Prepared?Employment Services Blog | May 2016

New Federal Trade Secrets Law Signed Into EffectEmployment Services Blog | May 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Autism Awareness MonthEmployment Services Blog | March 2016

The U.S. DOL’s Revised White Collar Overtime Rule is Closer to Being EffectiveEmployment Services Blog | March 2016

HR Tip of the Month: When Taking Adverse Employment Actions, Don’t Forget To Consider The Risk Of A Whistleblower Retaliation ClaimEmployment Services Blog | February 2016

Employer Policy Prohibiting Employee Recordings in the Workplace Found Unlawful by NLRBEmployment Services Blog | February 2016

New Jersey Legislators Seek Constitutional Amendment to Raise Minimum Wage to $15.00 Per HourEmployment Services Blog | February 2016

HR Tip of the Month: Retaliate Against Employees You Say? Not Me.Employment Services Blog | January 2016

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on the Joint Employer StandardEmployment Services Blog | January 2016

New York State and City – New Regulations on Unlawful Harassment and DiscriminationEmployment Services Blog | January 2016

New Jersey Legislature – Pending Legislation UpdateEmployment Services Blog | January 2016

HR Tip of the Month: A New Year’s Resolution . . . Implementation of Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Company Property AgreementsEmployment Services Blog | December 2015

NYC Commission on Human Rights issues guidance on the Fair Chance ActEmployment Services Blog | December 2015

New Jersey Gender Equity Pay Notice - Annual Distribution ReminderEmployment Services Blog | November 2015

OSHA - Proposed Update to Voluntary Safety and Health Program Management GuidelinesEmployment Services Blog | November 2015

New York City Commuter Benefits Law - Effective January 1, 2016Employment Services Blog | November 2015

HR Tip of the Month: The Company Holiday Party – ‘Tis the season to be naughty?Employment Services Blog | November 2015