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Bret Busacker


800 W. Main Street, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702

Bret counsels employers on a wide range of complex benefits issues in the areas of ERISA, health and welfare, executive compensation, and public company disclosure.

He has significant experience addressing a wide-range of complex employee benefits issues for many types of businesses in a variety of industries. Bret is a frequent speaker and presenter on employee benefit hot topics in the areas of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and multiple employer plans.

Bret works with clients that have complex organizational and management structures, including multiple employer plans and professional employer organizations. In addition, Bret has experience representing large multi-national corporations and publicly traded companies in addressing the unique benefit issues that impact these organizations.

Bret’s clients include public and private businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, human resources executives, compensation committees, and benefit committees, among others. In this capacity, he assists his clients with compliance matters in connection with tax, labor, and securities regulations.


Bret advises clients on a wide spectrum of employee benefits law topics, including:

  • Benefit plan design and plan administration, including incentive compensation programs, equity compensation arrangements, executive retirement arrangements, qualified retirement plans, and welfare benefit plans
  • Compliance and governance concerns
  • Advising company boards and compensation/benefits committees on fiduciary compliance issues such as negotiating with advisers and broker-dealers, training on fiduciary matters, processing complex ERISA claims, and correcting fiduciary breaches and prohibited transactions
  • Designing and negotiating employment agreements, severance agreements, compensation, and benefit provisions in mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting employers navigate the complex rules and requirements under the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, ERISA, and Internal Revenue Code
  • Advising employers on executive compensation issues involving Code Sections 409A, 457, 280G, 162(m), and 83
  • Guiding healthcare organizations in addressing the unique benefits compliance issues applicable to healthcare employers



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law, 2016

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Land Trust of Treasure Valley, Board of Directors
  • American Red Cross of Greater Idaho, Board of Directors, 2014-2018; Board Secretary, 2015-2018; Diversity Committee

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