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Employee Benefits and ERISA

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Miller Canfield's employee benefits counseling team offers sound, pragmatic advice about issues involving virtually all types of benefit plans, including:

  • Employee welfare plans, including health care, disability and death benefits, child care reimbursements and other benefits
  • Pension and profit-sharing plans
  • Cafeteria plans
  • Cash bonus plans
  • 401(k) plans, IRAs and Keogh plans
  • Multi-employer plans
  • 501(c)(9) trusts (VEBAs)
  • Nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements
  • Plans involving the transfer of employer stock to employees, including ESOPs
  • Governmental retirement and deferred compensation plans, and
  • Employee benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions

Our attorneys design plans specific to each client's needs and monitor legislation and regulatory changes to keep clients well-advised of changes that may affect these plans so clients can remain in compliance. We often work with other Miller Canfield practices to resolve ERISA issues involved in the purchase or sale of companies, including reporting, disclosure and funding requirements, unrelated business income, spousal benefits, qualified domestic relations orders, continuation of retirees' medical coverage and measures to limit fiduciary liability.

In addition, our attorneys litigate actions involving ERISA plans. We have extensive experience defending denial of benefits claims where the benefits are covered by an ERISA plan, as well as defending major corporations against class action lawsuits involving retiree health care benefits.