Employee benefits lawyers are legal professionals who specialize in employer-backed benefits that include, but aren’t limited to, retirement savings accounts, compensation plans, profit sharing, life insurance, health insurance and employee severance.
An employee benefits lawyer may spend time drafting documents in regard to those employer-backed benefits. These attorneys often work closely with human resource departments, educating the staff on the legal responsibilities and the proper administration of the employer-supported benefits packages. It’s also common to see employee benefits lawyers coordinating with accounting departments to ensure benefits compliance with various state and federal tax codes.
Employee benefits lawyers are typically particularly competent in the laws that are linked to employee benefits, specifically the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
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