Multiemployer Plans

Multi-employer plans, because of their size and complexity, offer unique situations and require comprehensive knowledge of both the business-specific and broader environments. Our attorneys understand those challenges and have many years of experience representing Taft-Hartley pension and welfare benefit plans, acting as sole counsel and co-counsel.

During our long tenure as counsel to multi-employer plans, we have developed a familiarity and a working relationship with all relevant federal agencies, including the IRS, the DOL, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and the Department of Justice. We handle special or complex matters involving:

  • Fiduciary duties under stringent and complex conflict of interest standards of state and federal laws
  • Financially troubled plans
  • Government investigations and litigation
  • Defense of fiduciary-breach litigation (representing both plans and individual trustees)
  • Withdrawal liability issues
  • Real estate investments, including acquisition and construction of plan administrative facilities
  • Workouts of non-performing loans
  • Arbitration and deadlocked motions
  • Plan mergers, spin-offs, and consolidations
  • Assessment of sophisticated investments under the fiduciary requirements of ERISA and state law

Our attorneys also are well-versed in handling common benefits-related matters, including:

  • Legal compliance and plan amendments
  • Plan design and benefit improvement issues
  • Administrative services through Seyfarth Benefits Consulting Group
  • Contracts with all service providers
  • Monitoring of plan expenses
  • Review of plan communications
  • Legal issues related to plan investments and investment managers
  • Delinquency-collection policies and procedures