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Employee Benefits Law

Our Firm has substantial experience advising employers who sponsor tax qualified pension and retirement plans. Our attorneys design, qualify, administer and amend defined benefit pension plans, profit sharing, 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plans, with special expertise in tax and ERISA considerations. The Firm works with tax-favored benefit plans, including cafeteria plans, medical plans, deferred compensation and life insurance plans, dependent care assistance, tuition assistance, and a wide variety of fully and partially self-funded health and benefit plans, including Section 50l(c)(9) tax exempt trusts. 

The Firm’s attorneys have considerable experience in tax and ERISA aspects of the design, administration, and modification of such welfare benefits plans. Our attorneys are well researched in regard to the ever changing health care industry, specifically with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and its effect on employers. We also create deferred compensation plans, phantom stock plans and stock appreciation rights for clients.

The Firm represents employers in all areas of employee benefits, including COBRA, plan terminations, plan submissions, representation before the IRS, Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We regularly provide nondiscrimination testing and other forms of compliance work to qualified and nonqualified plans. We handle multi-employer pension plan issues, including withdrawal liability matters. 

We are actively involved in developing employee benefit strategies for contract negotiations, mergers, acquisitions and reductions in force. Our attorneys also handle employee benefits due diligence in mergers and acquisitions to assist the client in determining exactly what benefit costs they are assuming and how they fit with existing benefit structures.  

Employee Benefits Law Attorneys

  1. Paul H. Malesick II
    Paul joined Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A., as a director in January 2000, after 11 years of practicing with a firm whose practice was limited to Labor and Employment Law. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Paul has… Read more about Paul H. Malesick II Attorney At Law
  2. Michael J. Bogdan
    Michael is a director with Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA and joined the firm in 2003. He practices primarily in the area of labor and employment law and is certified as a specialist in Labor and… Read more about Michael J. Bogdan Attorney At Law
  3. Lucas W. Murray
    Lucas joined the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. in 2012 as a law clerk.  A native of Canton, Ohio, Lucas was named an Associate of the firm after being admitted to practice law in May of 2015.… Read more about Lucas W. Murray Attorney At Law

Employee Benefits Law News Articles

New DOL Rules on Retirement Plan Contributions
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
07.17.08
In an effort to protect workers by ensuring that participant contributions to employer-sponsored retirement plans are made in a timely manner, the Department of Labor has amended their previous rules and regulations regarding the deposit of… More of "New DOL Rules on Retirement Plan Contributions"
Employer Sponsored Plans Newest Feature
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
06.25.06
Employer Sponsored Plans New Feature By Michael J. Bogdan, Esq. Published in the July/August Edition of the Canton Akron Edition MD News Magazine Physicians are increasingly putting an emphasis on saving for retirement, and most… More of "Employer Sponsored Plans Newest Feature"

Employee Benefits Law Legal Alerts

The Affordable Care Act - Independent Contractor vs. Full Time Employee
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
07.18.14
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Independent Contractor vs. Full-Time Employee Use the checklist below to determine if an employee is an independent contractor or full-time employee. More of "The Affordable Care Act - Independent Contractor vs. Full Time Employee"
U.S. Immigration & Customs: New Form I-9 for Employers
Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
05.01.13
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made available the new Form I-9, which is available on their website, reflecting a revision date of “03/08/13” on the lower left corner of the form. Although employers… More of "U.S. Immigration & Customs: New Form I-9 for Employers"
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