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Employee Benefits Practice

Our Employee Benefits practice provides full-service representation to joint trust funds, labor-management cooperation committees, labor unions, and employers on employee benefits, including pension and welfare plans covered by ERISA, as well as programs of deferred compensation (qualified and non-qualified) and other fringe benefits. Major services include: 
 

  • Establishment of plans and/or trust funds 

  • Maintenance and amendment of plan documents

  • ERISA prohibited transaction rules and fiduciary responsibilities

  • Compliance with disclosure requirements

  • Plan administration and internal policies; claims and appeals

  • Reviewing and negotiating contracts with service providers, including investment managers, consultants, custodians, insurers, and healthcare providers 

  • DOL, IRS, and PBGC audits, correction programs, and rulings

  • Compliance (including ERISA, IRC, COBRA, HIPAA, mental health parity, GINA, ACA, No Surprises Act, and PBGC policies)

  • Taxation of benefits and contributions
     

In addition to providing advice and consultation, our Employee Benefits practice represents trustees, administrators, and others in litigation and arbitrations under ERISA and related laws, including:
 

  • Collection of contributions

  • Withdrawal liability

  • Claims for benefits 

  • Fiduciary liability