Practice/Industry Group Overview
The Employee Benefits Practice helps employers comply with the many layers of statutory and regulatory requirements affecting employee benefits. Our employee benefits attorneys provide practical solutions to legal issues, communicating with clients in straightforward plain English. Our attorneys provide day-to-day advice on various employee benefits and executive compensation tax and legal issues.
We provide representation and assistance in several areas, including drafting and reviewing plan documents, preparing summary plan descriptions and other employee communications, mergers and acquisitions (including pre-transaction due diligence, negotiating transaction agreements and post-transaction integration), Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor audits; preparing or reviewing annual IRS Forms 5500 and other returns; providing advice regarding Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction and other plan asset issues; Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation coverage issues; compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements; employment tax and income tax withholding issues; employee benefits and executive compensation litigation; and multiemployer plan withdrawal liability issues.
Our benefits attorneys also prepare 401(k) and other qualified and non-qualified retirement plans, assist in designing executive compensation arrangements in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors, and advise clients with respect to employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), health and welfare benefit plans, wellness plans and cafeteria plans.
Fisher & Phillips attorneys represent employers before the IRS, DOL and PBGC in all manner of proceedings, including audits, investigations and corrections.
The attorneys from the Employee Benefits Practice Group at Fisher & Phillips LLP have created a Timeline of Health Insurance Reform chart to assist you in navigating the new laws. Click on the file to the right to view the full document.