|Employee Benefits ERISA Law|
Our ERISA and employee benefits practice has a two-fold role. We serve as General Counsel to a considerable number of pension, welfare, annuity and labor-management cooperation and apprentice funds. ABGL provides clients with advice regarding any type of ERISA and I.R.S. compliance issues. Our Attorneys have the ability to work with our clients during this time of enhanced government scrutiny of all benefit plans, whether union or employer-sponsored.
Our background allows our clients to share the benefit of our experience both from a practical and innovative standpoint. Several of our Attorneys have spoken nationally on cutting edge issues such as consumer-driven personal health accounts, the merger of employee benefit plans, DOL compliance, the responsibility of plan sponsors and trustees in the investment area and HIPAA issues. One of our Partners has co-chaired the working paper presented to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on hedge funds and prudent investment practices, as well as a separate paper on 401(k) compliance issues in view of the Pension Protection Act and other legal developments. Another Attorney has a well-deserved reputation based on his prior career with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, to counsel both union and employer clients as to potential I.R.S. and DOL issues. A number of our Attorneys have considerable employee benefit and fringe benefit collection expertise and backgrounds.
We advise and counsel employers of all sizes on the design, creation, compliance and operation of all types of employee benefit plans. We are experienced in dealing with qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and deferred compensation arrangements. We regularly represent employers and advise on employee benefits issues in mergers. We also assist companies in resolving IRS audits and Department of Labor investigations of employee benefit plans.
The firm developed a considerable reputation assisting plan sponsors, their trustees and administrators, in their fiduciary capacity, with respect to administration of benefit plans. Our Employee Benefits team is equipped to help you:
Because the level of confidence that both union and management trustees have in the performance of our legal services, we generally serve as sole counsel on the Funds that we represent.
Finally, our level of expertise in the employee benefit areas has been widely recognized. Invitations to speak before trade associations, attorney associations, employment groups, and labor unions have included issues such as: