Employee Compensation and Benefits

We provide clients with a complete package of legal services for their employee benefits and compensation programs. 

Drawing on years of litigation and tax, labor and employment, corporate, and health law experience, our lawyers are trusted collaborators in constructing and operating compensation and benefits solutions. We work directly with our clients’ executives, human resources, and benefits staff to strategically execute their goals and predict liabilities in order to avoid them. We also provide guidance to benefit-plan fiduciaries and financial services providers. Our long-term representation of Taft-Hartley plans, with their specialized issues under ERISA, enables us to offer sophisticated and practical advice.

When clients face litigation over the administration of pension and welfare plans, our lawyers offer effective ERISA representation in court. We educate and empower clients to contain costs, manage liabilities, and comply with laws and regulations. Our comprehensive experience positions us to help manage benefit plan exposures and costs and avoid expensive plan lawsuits, allowing businesses to save time and money. We help clients ensure compliance, designing effective plan structures and preventive plan reviews to preempt problems and preclude investigations or litigation.  

Our Clients

  • Public companies, including national and multinational corporations
  • Taft-Hartley collectively bargained pension and welfare plans
  • Tax-exempt nonprofits, educational institutions, and hospitals
  • Employees negotiating employment agreements, equity compensation, SERPs, and separation pay packages
  • Registered investment advisors and trustees providing investment services plans
  • Third-party administrators, banks, and other benefit service providers

Our Services

  • Advising on IRS code sections 401(k), 403(b), and 457 savings plan documentation, investment, and compliance
  • Participating in the review of 401(k) and other savings plan investment options and service provider contracts
  • Obtaining IRS rulings on plan tax-qualified status and obtaining plan compliance relief under voluntary correction programs
  • Regularly attending board of trustees, plan investment committee, and appeals committee meetings
  • Assisting with IRS and Department of Labor audits of retirement and benefit plans
  • Designing and implementing retirement benefits for government and nonprofit employers
  • Responding to Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) concerns over plan terminations, plan funding, and corporate transactions
  • Assisting with collective bargaining negotiations over pension and other benefits issues, including multi-employer plan issues
  • Advising multi-employer plans and private companies on withdrawal liability issues
  • Designing and implementing stock option and other incentive compensation plans
  • Consulting on the design of group health and welfare plans, including cafeteria plans
  • Ensuring COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, and ADA compliance for benefit plans
  • Advising investment advisors, plan trustees, and other plan service providers on ERISA fiduciary duties and other ERISA compliance issues
  • Negotiating and preparing executive employment agreements, SERPs, and separation agreements
  • Consulting on ESOP implementation and ESOP transactions
  • Defending employers against retirement and benefit plan lawsuits and regulatory actions
  • Defending our clients in ERISA litigation

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Events and Presentations

04.02.2018"Creative Coach Retention Strategies," Collegiate Coaching Consortium, San Antonio, Texas
10.03.2017National Center for Employee Ownership Fall ESOP Forum
03.21.2017"Health Care: What We Know, What to Expect, and What Keeps Us Up at Night," University of Toledo Center for Family & Privately-Held Business Mini-Forum
07.21.2016"Payroll Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions," American Payroll Association, Toledo Chapter
04.11.2016"Cybersecurity - Don’t Be Caught Unprepared," International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Phoenix, Arizona
11.10.2015"How to Survive a Cybersecurity Breach," International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans 61st Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii
07.14.2015"ACA Reporting Overview"
03.28.2014"HEALTH CARE REFORM - Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Do Now"
02.17.2014"Understanding Fiduciary Duty: A Refresher for Trustees," Associated General Contractors of Northwest Ohio
09.19.2013"Delays, Transitions and Updates: What is Important for Employers"
05.23.2013"Current Fiduciary & ERISA Issues in Qualified Plans"
05.21.2013"Health Care Reform: What You Need to Do Now - Steps to Manage Your Responsibilities & Potential Liabilities"
05.09.2013"Strategic Implementation of Employer Shared Responsibility Rules"
03.21.2013"Webinar: Strategic Implementation of Employer Shared Responsibility Rules"
10.01.2009"Your Responsibilities to 401(k) Participants: A Primer on ERISA for Business Owners and Their Advisors," United Way of Hancock County Professional Development Symposium
11.01.2007"ERISA Update," Findlay/Hancock County Bar Association

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