Fringe Benefit Funds
We represent pension, welfare, vacation, apprenticeship, 401(k), labor‑management cooperative committees and other types of joint labor‑management funds throughout the Midwest. Depending on the needs of the individual fund, our practical programs [LINK] assist the trustees in their compliance with the increasingly intricate provisions of ERISA and other federal laws. We prosecute and defend a large volume of cases on behalf of our clients in state and federal courts, ranging from the collection of contributions, to complex fiduciary liability cases. We practice before the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service, and assist funds in obtaining qualification and in dealings with these regulatory agencies.
We represent unions throughout the Midwest before the courts, the National Labor Relations Board, as well as before arbitrators and other federal and state administrative bodies. We assist our union clients in attaining their goals in organizing campaigns. Our accomplishments have earned us the respect of our adversaries in every forum in which we practice. Our practical programs [LINK] are particularly successful in assisting our union clients to reach their organizational objectives.
We recognize that our clients are employers, too. We aggressively defend our labor union and fund clients against all manners of discrimination, wage and hour and wrongful discharge claims. Our goal is to protect our clients against expensive employment litigation and liability through ongoing communication to keep up with their ever-changing needs. Through our practical programs [LINK], we provide management and supervisory training, emphasizing effective communication between employees and management, including the drafting and updating of personnel manuals, anti-discrimination seminars, and consistent implementation of employer policies. We also provide immediate assistance to our clients when a potential or actual claim of employment discrimination or wrongful employment practice arises. We explore all options and creative approaches to provide the most cost-effective and appropriate defense possible.