Labor, Employment & ERISA Litigation
Employees, retirees, and beneficiaries heavily depend on retirement plans and other employee benefits plans. Because of this, the law places a significant burden on fiduciaries of such plans to ensure they are administered prudently and in the best interests of those covered. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) governs the conduct of companies that sponsor employee benefit plans and the persons who administer, manage, and oversee those plans.
ERISA plans include traditional pension plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans (“ESOPs”), employee health and disability plans, and other employee benefits. Under ERISA, entities and individuals involved in the management and administration of employee benefit plans have a fiduciary duty to place the interests of the plans’ participants and beneficiaries above all else. ERISA imposes certain duties and responsibilities over plan fiduciaries and provides for civil enforcement for participants and beneficiaries harmed due to violations of the Act.
Harwood Feffer has taken a leading role among plaintiffs’ firms in pursuing employee lawsuits and ERISA violations on behalf of participants and beneficiaries in employer-sponsored benefit plans. The Firm has served or currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in dozens of ERISA class actions and has recovered substantial sums in these matters in addition to bringing about significant structural changes to employee benefit plans.
In addition, Harwood Feffer has also taken a leading role and is involved with numerous other labor and employment matters that involve violations of an array of state and federal laws.