ERISA Litigation

​Retiree Health Care Matters

We have helped many clients analyze and revise their retiree health and welfare benefit plans, with an eye towards terminating or modifying the plans, including

  • Advising employers on issues relating to collectively bargained retiree health benefits and related litigation.
  • Restructuring health plans to minimize the impact of health care reform and to maximize use of Early Retiree Reimbursement Program funds.
  • Working with clients and consultants on the redesign of retirement programs, including the freezing or termination of defined benefit plans and consulting on the move to defined contribution plans.
  • Advising clients regarding design and implementation of early retirement incentive programs.

Our emphasis is always on providing guidance that will help employers avoid litigation over retiree health matters. However, when litigation is unavoidable, we have successfully defended decisions to change retiree health benefits.