Employment Law

Health Care - Employment

COBRA

Stites & Harbison’s employee benefit attorneys counsel health care clients in matters including COBRA health plans, cafeteria plans, other employee group plans such as VEBAs, and employee fringe benefit plans. Our group's services not only extend to private-sector employers, but also answer the employee benefit plan needs of tax-exempt and governmental employers.

Our employee benefit attorneys are members of the Louisville Employee Benefits Council, Lexington Employee Benefits Council, Southern Employee Benefits Conference and the State Bars of Kentucky and Georgia.

Employee Benefits/ERISA/Executive Compensation

Stites & Harbison's employee benefits group helps private-sector, tax-exempt, and governmental employers develop, implement, and maintain qualified pension plans. These include profit sharing and money purchase pension plans, 401(k) plans, defined benefit pension plans, stock bonus plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), and thrift or savings plans.

Our attorneys can design original plans or modify existing plans. In addition to qualified plan services, we serve clients in matters of executive compensation, including both stock and non-stock incentive plans and options and deferred compensation arrangements. We also counsel clients in matters of welfare benefits like health plans, cafeteria plans, other employee group plans such as VEBAs, and employee fringe benefit plans. In addition, our attorneys litigate ERISA matters in Federal and state courts, as reflected by our success in Mattei v. Mattei, 126 F.3d 794 (6th Cir. 1997), a precedent-setting case involving waiver of pension benefits in light of antenuptial agreements.

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Dustyn Jones selected for Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Kentucky recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Dustyn Jones as one of 25 participants for the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 18, 2019
Client Alerts

Mandatory Arbitration, Shortened Statutes of Limitations, and Background Checks for Employees? You Bet!

In October 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a far-reaching opinion voiding all Kentucky employer-employee arbitration agreements which were made a condition of an individual’s employment. On March 13, 2019, however, the Kentucky Legislature rejected that opinion, passing a bill that not only claws back the ruling but significantly expands employers’ options for imposing conditions on the employer-employee relationship.

by Rebecca A. Weis March 14, 2019
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The Work Opportunity Tax Credit and Second Chance Hiring

Whether it is manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, farming, or the tech industry, employers all over the country are scrambling to find and retain qualified workers. The Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is an option to help facilitate contact between employers who are experiencing labor shortages with those individuals who struggle to find employment. The WOTC provides economic incentive to employers to hire workers from targeted groups.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton February 19, 2019
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Stites & Harbison Ranks 5th in the ABA Health Law Section's Regional Top 10 List for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section has ranked Stites & Harbison, PLLC as 5th in its annual “Regional Law Firm Recognition Top 10 list” for the South region for 2018. This year...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC October 25, 2018
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2018 Kentucky Health Law Institute

Date: 9/13/18 - 9/14/18

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort, 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY40511

Presented by UK Law Continuing Legal Education in partnership with the Kentucky Bar Association Health Law Section and Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys

K. Kelly White Bryant, Ozair M. Shariff, and Sarah Cronan Spurlock July 30, 2018