hard-earned income, retirement, and earned benefits
Employee benefits—such as traditional pensions, 401(k) plans, and medical, dental, and life insurance—help a company to compete for and keep the best and brightest employees. Great benefits generate employee loyalty, and employers reward that loyalty by keeping promises.
Many people choose their jobs based not only on how much they will earn, but also the type of benefits they will receive: healthcare insurance, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans. It is devastating when an employee loyally works many years, and later discover they are not going to receive benefits that were promised. The reduction or elimination of anticipated benefits is devastating not only financially, but also emotionally.
Some employers eliminate pensions in exchange for higher-risk investment schemes. Others try to stop retirement benefits completely. Some public employers (state and local governments) change the amount of contributions workers must make to retire or create higher deductible plans or benefit caps. These changes may violate union contracts, state and federal laws, or Constitutional provisions.
Class actions are effective when a large group of employees experience the same type of reduction in their benefits, allowing a single individual to stimulate changes that help many others.
Our attorneys take pride in their work. They have been successful in helping retirees secure their once-promised healthcare benefits and retirement accounts. They are motivated by justice and work hard to make positive changes. They vigorously litigate against companies that make corporate-wide decisions that prevent employees from qualifying for retirement pensions, companies that do not pay their employees as required by law, and companies that mismanage pension funds.
We help workers to receive their earned wages, including overtime, that they are rightfully owed. Our employment benefits team handles cases under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL), and other laws.
We help employees and retirees:
Healthcare Benefits for Employees
Insurance companies and employers draft complicated contracts so those who sign them may not notice if they are overcharged or do not receive the correct benefit. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted class action cases challenging illegal practices regarding health care benefits for active employees.
When companies fail to follow the laws for pensions or do not maintain pension funds, retirees have claims under federal and state laws. Our attorneys have resolved pension disputes for decades, helping retirees by holding companies accountable when they do not keep their promises or take their fiduciary responsibility seriously.
401(k) and ESOPs
When a company provides employees with investment funds such as 401(k) Plans or Employer Stock Ownership Plans to fund workers’ retirements, they are legally responsible to properly manage those funds. Our attorneys have represented individuals and groups of employees who invested in employer-created stock funds and the employer managed those funds irresponsibly.
We Fight for People
Our experienced attorneys have successfully resolved many long- and short-term disability benefits or health insurance benefit claims that were improperly denied.
Discuss your situation with an attorney promptly because time limits and other restrictions apply that may affect your rights.