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John C. Hughes

Partner
LOCATION   Boise Office
PHONE   208.388.4067
FAX   208.954.5262
EMAIL   jhughes@hawleytroxell.com
ERISA Law Attorney John Hughes

John C. Hughes is a member of the firm’s employee benefits practice group. John’s practice is focused in the complex area of ERISA/employee benefits. John counsels clients nationwide on a wide variety of issues involving all kinds of employee benefit plans including 401(k), deferred compensation/409A, profit sharing, pension/defined benefit, 457, 403(b), ESOP, governmental, 125/cafeteria, and health and welfare plans.

John provides advice to corporations, tax-exempt entities, governmental entities, private companies, plan committees, and individuals. He also represents plan industry professionals and organizations such as financial institutions, administrators, accountants, and investment consultants. John counsels clients on a broad spectrum of plan related issues including legal compliance, mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary responsibility, plan administration, plan corrections, plan design, litigation, and tax qualification.

John was the Coeditor-In-Chief of a well-established nationally circulated monthly newsletter entitled 401(k) Advisor. He is a former President and Board Member of the Boise Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council. John frequently writes and speaks on ERISA/benefits-related topics. He is currently the author of the Bloomberg Law Benefits Guide Chapter on the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”).

John is originally from Port Washington, New York. Earlier in his career, prior to his significant experience as an ERISA/benefits attorney, John was the Managing Editor of the California Western Law Review, an intern to the Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy (S.D.N.Y), an Assistant Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy in Washington D.C., a litigator at two prominent San Diego law firms, a Pro Tem Judge for the San Diego Superior Court, and a member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court.


Education

LAW SCHOOL: California Western School of Law, J.D., 1995

UNDERGRADUATE: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Communications, 1991

Community Activities

Leadership Boise

Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley


ERISA Law Attorney John Hughes

John C. Hughes

Partner
PHONE   208.388.4067
FAX   208.954.5262
EMAIL    jhughes@hawleytroxell.com

Biography

John C. Hughes is a member of the firm’s employee benefits practice group. John’s practice is focused in the complex area of ERISA/employee benefits. John counsels clients nationwide on a wide variety of issues involving all kinds of employee benefit plans including 401(k), deferred compensation/409A, profit sharing, pension/defined benefit, 457, 403(b), ESOP, governmental, 125/cafeteria, and health and welfare plans.

John provides advice to corporations, tax-exempt entities, governmental entities, private companies, plan committees, and individuals. He also represents plan industry professionals and organizations such as financial institutions, administrators, accountants, and investment consultants. John counsels clients on a broad spectrum of plan related issues including legal compliance, mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary responsibility, plan administration, plan corrections, plan design, litigation, and tax qualification.

John was the Coeditor-In-Chief of a well-established nationally circulated monthly newsletter entitled 401(k) Advisor. He is a former President and Board Member of the Boise Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council. John frequently writes and speaks on ERISA/benefits-related topics. He is currently the author of the Bloomberg Law Benefits Guide Chapter on the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (“EPCRS”).

John is originally from Port Washington, New York. Earlier in his career, prior to his significant experience as an ERISA/benefits attorney, John was the Managing Editor of the California Western Law Review, an intern to the Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy (S.D.N.Y), an Assistant Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the Department of the Navy in Washington D.C., a litigator at two prominent San Diego law firms, a Pro Tem Judge for the San Diego Superior Court, and a member of the Louis M. Welsh Inn of Court.


Education

LAW SCHOOL: California Western School of Law, J.D., 1995

UNDERGRADUATE: State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Communications, 1991

Community Activities

Leadership Boise

Human Resources Association of Treasure Valley


Memberships & Accolades

Memberships

Idaho State Bar

California State Bar

Western Pension & Benefits Council

Southern Idaho Compensation and Benefits Association

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA)

Accomplishments

Bloomberg Law, Benefits Guide Chapter, Employee Plans Compliance Resolutions System, author and editor


Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

COBRA Subsidy Update: DOL Issues Model Notices and FAQs, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, April 2021

Employee Benefit Reminders for the New Year (most of which are non-COVID related), Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, January 2021

COVID-19 Relief for Cafeteria Plans, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, May 2020

IRS and DOL Jointly Issue Final Rule Extending Time Frames: Benefit Plans, Plan Participants and Beneficiaries, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, May 2020

Employee Benefits Issues in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, March 2020

Final Hardship Distribution Regulations Issued: Potential Plan Sponsor Action Necessary, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, October 2019

3 Issues Companies With 401(k) Plans Must Have On Their Radar, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, July 2019

A Lot Is Happening: It Is Important To Stay Awake At The Wheel With Your Benefit Plans, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, July 2019

“Exciting” Employee Benefit Developments for Employers and their Non-ERISA Counsel, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, June 2019

Benefit Plan “Do” and “Don’t” Reminders, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, April 2019

A Few Year End Retirement Plan Action Items and Issues for Consideration, Hawley Troxell Tax Blog, December 2018

401(k) Plan Notice Issues of Which to Be Aware (or Beware), Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, October 2018

Important News For Employers Maintaining a Retirement or Medical Plan, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, June 2018

Recent Developments For Retirement Plan Fiduciaries, Hawley Troxell Employment Blog, June 2018