I oftentimes get questions about employee benefit plans, such as health insurance plans and retirement plans. ERISA laws–the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act–govern employer provided benefit and welfare plans. Although I can answer some basic questions about ERISA plans, and have even litigated a couple of cases with ERISA issues, I rely on experienced ERISA attorneys for the best advice and representation regarding employee benefit plans.
Attorneys Handling Employee Benefit Plans
One of my favorite ERISA lawyers is Ruth Silver Taube. Ruth is a valuable resource with a wealth of information. I regularly refer clients to her, and have always received positive feedback about her knowledge, advocacy and advice. At her website she gives a brief description of ERISA Plans:
There are two types of employee benefit plans. One is an “employee welfare plan,” and the other is “an employee pension benefit plan.” ERISA Section 3(3), 29 U.S.C. 1002(3). An “employee welfare benefit plan” is any “plan, fund, or program” which is “established or maintained by an ‘employer’” or an “employee organization” (union etc.) or both for the purpose of providing benefits to employees such as medical, dental, disability, vacation, etc. ERISA Section 3(1), 29 U.S.C. 1002(1). Long term disability (“LTD”) plans provided by the employer or employee organization or union are employee welfare benefit plans and are covered by ERISA.
Ruth has been particularly useful in handling Long-Term Disability plans. She knows how to get to the heart of a matter and advocates zealously for her clients. It’s no wonder she has had so many successful resolutions. I can’t recommend Ruth enough. I’m not in the habit of blogging about hiring another attorney, but if you have an employee benefit plan question, you can’t go wrong contacting Ruth.
If you’re in the East Bay, you should also consider contacting Cassie Ayeni Springer. I got to know Cassie at a recent Alameda County Bar Association event and was immediately impressed with her knowledge and attitude regarding representing clients. I had the opportunity to refer an employee benefit plan case to Cassie recently, and received high praise from the client regarding Cassie’s command of the issues.
Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman of Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C.
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