Employee Benefits — An Employer's Guide


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Benefits take many forms, from simple holiday pay to complicated pension plans, this guide is intended to provide a well-rounded overview of the complex principal laws that apply when an employer provides benefits for its employees. 

From basic definitions to information on particular types of benefits, this guide covers what you need to know to stay in compliance. This guide covers questions such as:

• Are my benefits plan subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act?
• How will the Health Care Reform Act affect my coverage?
• When should severance be paid?

Providing your employees with benefits can open you up to discrimination claims under the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Age Discrimination and Employment Act (ADEA). That’s why this publication includes in-depth explanations, tips for compliance, and a break down of benefit types to keep your business out of trouble. 

Employee Benefits — An Employer's Guide was created in collaboration with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., and authored by Ellisa H. Culp, Eric D. Penkert, Grace H. Ristuccia, Thomas M. Christina.


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Libby King, Director of Human Resources, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee


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About the law firm

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Firm Overview

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the world, representing management in all types of employment related legal matters. The firm has more than 850 lawyers located in 53 offices across North America and in Europe. For more than four decades, Ogletree Deakins has offered clients representation in every aspect of labor and employment laws, including business immigration, employee benefits and workplace safety and health as...read more

Topics covered

Employee Benefits – An Employer's Guide

About Ogletree Deakins

About the authors

Preface

Chapter 01: Employee benefits law

Chapter 02: Life Insurance

Chapter 03: Health benefits plans

Chapter 04: Regulation of group health plans

Chapter 05: Health insurance reform

Chapter 06: Disability plans

Chapter 07: Severance plans

Chapter 08: Cafeteria plans

Chapter 09: Retirement plans

Chapter 10: Additional 401(k) qualification requirements

Chapter 11: Nonqualified deferred compensation plans

Chapter 12: Employee communications

Chapter 13: Fiduciary duties

Chapter 14: Other fringe benefits

Chapter 15: Recent developments

Forms and Policies