Aliya Wong is the Executive Director of Retirement Policy at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Her primary responsibility is to develop, promote and publicize the Chamber’s policy on employer-provided retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, and Social Security. Ms. Wong regularly meets with members of Congress, the Administration, and regulatory agencies to promote the Chamber’s retirement policy and represents the Chamber on the steering committee of several national coalitions. Ms. Wong has led the Chamber’s efforts on several pieces of retirement legislation including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the Workers, Retirees, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008, and the Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.
Prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Wong was a practicing attorney specializing in ERISA and tax qualification matters related to pension, health and welfare plans, and executive compensation. Ms. Wong is the author of an internet article entitled, “Defined Benefit Plans in an Era of Phased Retirement,” through the Society of Actuaries. Ms. Wong is also the co-author of an amicus curiae brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in the matter of Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, 121 S. Ct. 1322 (2001) which was ruled upon favorably. Ms. Wong regularly gives presentations on legislative issues surrounding retirement policy for organizations including the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.
Ms. Wong is admitted to the New York State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. She is also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Ms. Wong is a 1997 graduate of New York University School of Law where she also received a Master of Laws in Taxation. Ms. Wong received a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and African Studies from Yale University.
John L. Darr CPA, MT, is a Revenue Agent and a specialist with the Federal, State, and Local Division of the Internal Revenue Service. He received his CPA certification and license in Ohio in 1994 and his Master of Science in Taxation in 1996 from the University of Akron. Before joining the Internal Revenue Service, he was a tax manager at Ernst and Young, LLP and a CFO of a manufacturing company in Ohio. John is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and familiar with the day to day operations that the payroll, human resources, and the fiscal officers must master on a day to day basis.
Lawrence Z. Lorber, a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office, is an experienced employment law practitioner who counsels and represents employers in connection with all aspects of labor and employment law. He advises employers with respect to equal employment opportunity issues, affirmative action, including Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Department of Labor audits, wage and hour issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and employee discipline and the preparation of employee handbooks and human resource policies. He also advises clients with respect to government contract issues. Larry conducts employee investigations and advises clients with respect to Congressional and regulatory matters. He also represents employers and executives with respect to employment contracts and severance arrangements.
Larry has represented a wide variety of employers in all aspects of employment law, including trial and appellate litigation and employment restructuring. He argued the landmark Bourselan v. Aramco case in the Fifth Circuit regarding the extraterritorial reach of Title VII, and filed briefs in several landmark Supreme Court employment law cases, including Johnson v. Santa Clara County; Watson v. Ft. Worth Bank; Atonio v. Wards Cove Packing; Gunther v. Washington County; NLRB v. Detroit Edison and Circuit City Stores v. Adams. In 1995, Larry was one of five labor attorneys selected and approved by Congress as a member of the first Board of Directors of the Office of Congressional Compliance, the Congressional agency established to administer and adjudicate the Congressional Accountability Act, which applied eleven labor and employment laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, to the Congress. Larry represented the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of Manufacturers in the legislative activity leading to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, was chief counsel to the Business Roundtable for the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and was counsel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
Larry was formerly the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor and Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs during the Ford Administration. In this capacity, he issued the first regulations under section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and enforced Executive Order 11246, requiring affirmative action for federal contractors. In addition, Larry served as Executive Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor with special responsibilities in the areas of labor legislation, wage and hour, equal employment, and occupational safety and health. Larry also was Executive Assistant to Michael H. Moskow, Assistant Secretary of HUD for Policy, Development and Research, where he had special responsibilities for the Housing Policy Study of 1973 and for the operation of the HUD Research programs.
Larry frequently has testified before Congress on a wide variety of proposed employment legislation, including various employment and benefit initiatives, and has written on employment and discrimination issues. He also has appeared on the BBC, NPR, ABC and various radio and cable broadcasts.