Employee Benefits/ERISA Legal Matters
Pitta LLP provides knowledgeable legal counsel and representation to unions and union-designated trustees and fiduciaries of employee benefit plans. With offices in New York City, we advise clients throughout New York and New Jersey.
Our work in employee benefits law is informed by a thorough understanding of the interplay of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code, federal securities law, labor and employment law, and relevant accounting issues.
We counsel clients on all aspects of ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA and U.S. Department of Labor rules and regulations.
We advise clients in the design, drafting, implementation, operation and administration of tax-qualified benefit plans, multi-employer plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive and equity compensation programs, cafeteria plans, health and welfare benefit plans, and severance plans.
We provide expert advice to administrators and trustees with regard to regulatory and statutory issues, and our attorneys serve as fund counsel to numerous multiemployer funds.
Pitta LLP advises unions, plan sponsors and administrators in all of the following matters:
- Plan investments and transactions
- Prohibited transactions
- Withdrawal liability
- Mergers and terminations
- Government audits
- Government required notices
- Fiduciary duties
- Minimum funding issues
Summary Plan Descriptions And Summaries Of Material Modifications
Our firm provides summary plan descriptions (SPDs) for health and welfare insurance plans, as well as pension plans. We also vet, monitor and assist in requests for proposal (RFPs) for pension plans and health and welfare insurance plans.
When there are changes in statute or law — for example, the Affordable Care Act or the Pension Protection Act — our firm provides summaries of material modifications (SMMs) to ensure compliance.
We have extensive experience in plan drafting, as well as in the negotiation, drafting, administration and enforcement of third-party service provider agreements. We offer a broad range of services related to employee welfare and retirement benefits plans, including advice on plan structure, self- and third-party administration, and mergers and acquisitions.
Pitta LLP provides arbitration counsel regarding employee benefits plans and ERISA. Our representative cases provide some insight into the scope of our work in these matters.