Attorneys in our Employee Benefits Group provide employers, multi-employer trust funds, and other employee benefits plan sponsors with a variety of services related to their sponsorship of insured and self-insured health and welfare benefit plans, as well as fringe benefit plans. Additionally, we not only assist with compliance issues, but also the improvement of our client’s benefit plan designs.
Our attorneys have a wealth of experience with a wide array of health and welfare plans, including:
- Medical, dental and vision benefits
- Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
- Life and AD&D benefits
- Short- and Long-Term Disability benefits
- Cafeteria plan benefits, including health care flexible spending accounts (FSAs), dependent care spending accounts and pre-tax premium accounts
- Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs)
- Tuition reimbursement and education assistance programs
- Qualified transportation plans
Below is a representative sample of the types of services we provide our clients in connection with health and welfare plan counseling:
Preparing plan documents and summary plan descriptions, including welfare wrap plan documents.
Preparing requests for proposal for various service providers and negotiating and reviewing contracts with service providers.
Counseling regarding the processing of benefit claims and appeals in compliance with ERISA and applicable claims procedure regulations.
Advising as to compliance with various notice and disclosure obligations, and preparation of notices and required government filings.
Advise as to VEBA compliance and designing retiree benefits, including early retirement incentive programs.
Responding to regulators’ requests for information and regulatory audits.
Counseling regarding the provision of benefits in compliance with various federal laws including, but not limited to, the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA, COBRA, ERISA, FMLA, the Internal Revenue Code and applicable state laws.
Our attorneys have successfully provided these services to clients in both the public and private sector, including non-profit organizations.
News & Resources
News, Events, and Publications
- Chad DeGroot, 04.24.2023
- Employers Face Another Annual Disclosure for Their Group Health Plan Related to the No Surprises Act: “Gag Clauses”Wesley H. Covert, 03.27.2023
- Darin Williams, 12.06.2022
- Wes Covert, 12.06.2022
- Chad DeGroot, 08.25.2022
- Chad DeGroot, 06.22.2022
- Chad DeGroot, 01.28.2022
- Wes Covert, 01.28.2022
- Wes Covert, 11.17.2021
- New Employer Health Insurance Disclosure Requirement Under the Illinois Consumer Coverage Disclosure ActChad DeGroot, 11.17.2021
- What Employers Need to Consider When Implementing Vaccine Incentives or Surcharges Through a Wellness ProgramWes Covert, 09.15.2021
- Chad DeGroot, 06.21.2021
- Wes Covert, Chad DeGroot, and Monica Lasky, 05.25.2021
- Wes Covert, 05.21.2021
- Chad Degroot, 03.16.2018
- Wesley Covert, 01.15.2018
- IRS Extends Deadline By 30 Days To Distribute 2017 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C To Employees And ParticipantsWesley Covert, 01.09.2018
- Chad DeGroot, 11.22.2017
- Chad DeGroot, 10.24.2017
- Chad DeGroot, 09.13.2017
- Wesley Covert, 08.22.2017
- Wesley Covert, 06.23.2017
- Wesley Covert, 01.30.2017
- Wesley Covert, 12.19.2016
- Employers Need To Be Aware Of Potential Pitfalls Of Providing Opt-Out Incentives To Company Health InsuranceWesley Covert, 11.29.2016
- Wesley Covert, 09.30.2016
- EEOC Issues Final Rules Regarding Workplace Wellness Programs To Better Align HIPAA's Employee Wellness Program Goals And EEOC's GoalsWesley Covert, 06.03.2016
- Wesley Covert, 11.18.2015
- Wesley Covert, 08.24.2015