Employee Benefits

Employers face complex issues regarding compliance with the numerous laws applicable to employee benefit plans and challenges designing and administering pension, welfare and executive compensation plans to meet today's business needs.

The Employee Benefits law practice of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is highly sophisticated. For more than 25 years, the firm has assisted large and small employers in complying with the complex tax and regulatory structure imposed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") as it affects pension, profit sharing, 401(k), health, disability, executive compensation and other plans. The firm has extensive experience in creating and assuring the legal compliance of large pension plans, profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, long-term disability plans, medical and accident plans, dependent care plans, flexible pay plans, and all forms of executive compensation, including stock options, long-term incentive plans, phantom stock plans, restricted stock grants, cafeteria plans, and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. We assist the Compensation Committees and Boards of Directors of large companies to negotiate executive compensation agreements and appropriate executive benefit packages.

The Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Employee Benefits law practice represents employers in connection with collectively bargained plans, multiple employer plans, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation termination issues, and qualification and audit issues with the Internal Revenue Service.

The attorneys in our Employee Benefits law practice assist employers with legal issues affecting the administration of pension and welfare plans, the resolution of benefit claims, the establishment of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes, and the resolution of COBRA claims issues.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite is experienced in complex areas such as cash balance plans, target benefit plans, and various types of cross-tested plans, and the merger, consolidation, split-off and spin-off of qualified pension plans.

We have an active practice involving the design and administration of pension, long-term disability plans, self-insured medical plans, flexible spending accounts, cafeteria plans, medical reimbursement arrangements and other such matters.

Our highly skilled attorneys represent clients in connection with voluntary compliance matters, including the IRS Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System and the Department of Labor Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program.

We also assist employers in connection with all types of litigation involving pension or welfare plans, including claims for benefits, claims for breach of fiduciary duty, and all related litigation.


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