Top-Hat Plan

Top-Hat Plan

Definition

An unfunded employee-benefit plan maintained primarily for the purpose of enabling a select group of management or highly compensated employees to defer compensation. A top-hat plan is exempt from the participation, vesting, funding, and fiduciary-responsibility provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) but is subject to ERISA’s reporting, disclosure, administration, and enforcement provisions.

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