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Decades of Benefits Know-How

Today’s employers must regularly assess and adjust their employee benefit plans to remain competitive and help recruit and retain a highly qualified workforce. Throughout its history, Felhaber Larson has provided employers and trustees with the experienced legal counsel and quality technical expertise they need to ensure their employee benefits programs meet their current and future requirements.

Employee benefits reflect a complex and constantly changing array of tax, regulatory and economic issues. The pace of change in this legal area has never been greater. Our attorneys consistently clarify the complexities of employee benefits, helping our clients achieve the right mix of benefits and cost-efficiency, with a sharp eye focused on regulatory compliance.

Our practice covers the key areas of employee’ benefits law and related disputes, including:

Felhaber ERISA & Employee Benefits Experience

Our attorneys work with employers and trust funds of all sizes, and with businesses as diverse as construction, technology, utilities, health care and transportation. Knowing the nuances of particular industries means Felhaber is on the leading edge when assisting employers in creating, maintaining, revising or ending their specific employee benefit plans. We proactively counsel employers on a wide spectrum of employee benefit programs and issues, from Taft-Hartley multiemployer trusts to ESOPs.

Our areas of expertise include:

RETIREMENT PLANS

  • Traditional defined benefit pensions, money purchase pension and cash balance plans
  • 401(k), 403(b) and profit-sharing plans
  • Deferred compensation arrangements, including 457 plans
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs)
  • Church plans

HEALTH & WELFARE PLANS

  • Medical and welfare plans (self-insured and insured)
  • Retiree health funding plans
  • Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)
  • Cafeteria plans

COMPLIANCE

  • IRS, PBGC, HHS and DOL compliance, including audit response and corrections
  • Health law privacy and security (HIPAA)
  • Plan fiduciary issues
  • Multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability
  • Merger and acquisition benefits review
  • Plan document and communications drafting and review
  • Administrative contract review and negotiation

ERISA & BENEFITS LITIGATION

ERISA Litigation requires specialist counsel with depth of experience. Our employee benefits attorneys have experience litigating ERISA fiduciary claims, ERISA benefits cases and Multiemployer Withdrawal Liability arbitrations

  • Breach of fiduciary claim defense, including defense of failure to monitor or excessive fee claims
  • Defense of class action matter including claims involving fees, duties, and plan-term adherence
  • Multiemployer pension plan withdrawal liability
  • Benefits claims defense

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