Robinson+Cole's Employee Benefits and Compensation Group provides comprehensive employee benefits services to a wide range of clients, including publicly held and privately held companies, tax-exempt organizations, educational institutions, municipalities and other governmental entities, trust companies, and financial institutions. We pride ourselves on providing benefit solutions that meet the business needs of our clients while promoting compliance with the myriad laws governing employee benefit plans. We believe that this practical approach serves our clients well, particularly in the current environment of increasing benefit costs and shrinking resources to provide those benefits.
We advise and support our clients on a wide range of employee benefit programs, including:
We have extensive experience in designing, drafting, and amending pension and welfare benefit plans, as well as executive compensation arrangements. In recent years, a significant portion of our practice has focused on the identification and correction of plan compliance issues and the effective utilization of the correction programs sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL). We frequently represent plan sponsors and fiduciaries in investigations and audits by government regulatory agencies, including the IRS, the DOL, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and state agencies. In addition, we work closely with our litigation group to defend employers and fiduciaries in a wide range of benefits-based individual and class action claims. We assist our clients in issues relating to the administration of benefit plans, such as administratively resolving benefit claim disputes and negotiating business associate agreements and agreements with third-party service providers.
We also advise and work with clients on the complicated employee benefits issues arising in mergers, acquisitions, and other significant corporate transactions. We provide support before, during, and after the transaction, from the evaluation of benefit plans during the due diligence phase to the design and creation of postclosing benefit programs.
ERISA Claim Defense Blog
Robinson+Cole group members contribute to the ERISA Claim Defense Blog. Established in 2012 by Patrick Begos, who joined Robinson+Cole in January 2017, this platform offers commentary and insight on administration and evaluation and litigation of group benefits claims as well as other compliance and litigation issues involving ERISA.
To get more thoughtful and timely discussions of legal news and perspectives on various issues relating to group benefits claims, subscribe to the blog at www.erisaclaimdefense.com.
Analyzed the deferred compensation and stock-based plans of an NYSE public company for compliance with Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code and provided recommendations and advice with respect to plan design.