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Employee Benefits Law

The Employee Benefits Group at Barrett & McNagny works closely with our clients in all aspects of employee benefits law. Our members assist clients in designing and planning all types of employee benefit plans and programs and advise clients regarding compliance with the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and other applicable statutes for qualified and non-qualified retirement, health, disability, cafeteria and educational assistance plans, and other types of plans.

Attorneys in the Employee Benefits Group bring an extraordinary amount of experience to the practice. Our clients range from small local businesses to large multi-national corporations and each client is given the same high quality, cost-effective service.

Practice Highlights

Tax Qualified Plans

We assist clients in developing, implementing, and maintaining tax-qualified and tax-favored retirement plans, including profit-sharing, pension, 401(k), employee stock ownership, 403(b), and 457 plans. A key aspect of our practice is devoted to advising clients regarding compliance with applicable provisions of the Code, ERISA, and other applicable statutes.

Executive Compensation

Our members assist clients in developing, implementing, and maintaining a wide variety of executive compensation arrangements, including non-qualified retirement plans and equity-based compensation. We provide tax advice regarding the consequences of executive compensation arrangements for both taxable and non-taxable employers and their employees.

Health and Welfare Plans

Members of our Employee Benefits Group design and prepare health, life, disability, severance, and other employee benefit plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and other notices required by ERISA, and advise clients as to the maintenance, funding and modification of retiree medical benefits. We also counsel clients concerning all aspects of self-funded plans including discrimination issues relating to employee benefits. Our firm handles key benefits issues arising under all applicable federal statutes, including COBRA, HIPAA, the Mental Health Parity Act, the Women's Cancer Rights Act, the Newborn Mother's Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other civil rights and benefits legislation. On a regular basis, our members draft health, retirement and cafeteria plans for employers, third party administrators, insurers and reinsurers.

ERISA Litigation

Our members represent clients in disputes among employers, participants, unions, third-party administrators, insurance and reinsurance companies and governmental agencies over health, welfare and retirement benefit issues and litigation, including claim appeals, trials, alternative dispute resolution and mediation. The Employee Benefits Group represents our clients in benefit claim litigation, benefit discrimination litigation, fiduciary litigation, and subrogation litigation. Our Group has successfully defended various health plan coverage lawsuits representing various employers, insurers, reinsurers and third party administrators in sixteen states and six federal appellate circuits.

Corporate Transactions

The Employee Benefits Group is regularly involved with the employee benefits aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and similar transactions handled by the firm. We have extensive experience analyzing the employee benefits plans of parties to the transaction, advising buyers and lenders as to funding and other potential problems, and also dealing with retiree medical issues, health insurance continuation rights and severance benefit issues that may be present.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding Barrett & McNagny's Employee Benefits Law area of practice, please contact one of the attorneys listed below:

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