The competition among employers to attract and retain the best and the brightest talent has never been more intense. The competition is waged, at least in part, through employee benefit programs such as retirement plans and health plans, which consistently rate among the top employee concerns. In light of the importance and the high cost of benefits, employers have become increasingly focused on this area.

K&L Gates employee benefits lawyers provide employers, and a wide variety of other stakeholders in the employee benefits industry, the tools they need to engage in the competition for talented labor and to manage the consequent regulatory burden and cost of providing competitive employee benefits.

Our lawyers provide the full range of legal services relating to employee benefits, including tax, labor, securities, regulatory and legislative, litigation, and fiduciary issues relating to plan administration and the investment of plan assets. With lawyers located throughout the United States, we provide our clients with a variety of legal services related to the implementation, administration, freeze and termination of retirement plans, health care programs, equity compensation plans, executive compensation programs, employment contracts, welfare benefit plans, and fringe benefit programs. We also offer advice concerning fiduciary responsibility and prohibited transaction issues; representation and advocacy before federal governmental agencies with jurisdiction over employee benefit plans such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; strategic advice concerning employee benefit plans in corporate mergers and acquisitions; and litigation with respect to a variety of employee benefit matters.

Our clients are employers, including publicly traded, closely held, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, that maintain one or more tax-qualified retirement, employee stock ownership, incentive stock option, deferred compensation, employee stock purchase plans, and/or welfare plans.