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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Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Increases Rank on ABA Health Law Section’s Regional Top 10 List for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section has ranked Stites & Harbison, PLLC in 6th place in its Eighth Annual Regional Law Firm Recognition List for the South region for 2020.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC April 14, 2021
Client Alerts

Can You Spare an Extra $7.75? Will the Federal $15 Minimum Wage Become a Reality?

I have more than one client who contacts me once every couple of weeks to ask, “where are we with the proposed federal $15 minimum wage?” And I think I can safely say that while in 2019, a majority of Americans surveyed were supportive of such an increase to the current $7.25 an hour, the political logistics of achieving this feat continue to be a challenge. Typically, the only thing I can tell clients is that there is a lot of discussion, but as of today it hasn’t yet happened, and it may not happen, but if it does you will be the first you know.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton February 15, 2021
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison Promotes Three Attorneys

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC announced today that three attorneys have been promoted within the law firm effective January 2021.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 04, 2021
Client Alerts

FFCRA Paid Leave is Ending but COVID-19 Continues: Considerations for Employers Handling COVID-19 Issues in 2021

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), applicable to certain public employers and private employers with fewer than 500 employees, had two major provisions: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“E-FMLA”).

by Shannon Antle Hamilton and Rachel Dix Bishop December 31, 2020
Client Alerts

Joint Agency Cyber Alert Warns of Imminent and Credible Ransomware Threat Against U.S. Health Care and Public Health Sectors

A joint cybersecurity advisory alert issued October 28, 2020, warns of an imminent cybercrime threat to the U.S. health care sector.

by Sarah Cronan Spurlock, Ian T. Ramsey, and Dustyn B. Jones November 02, 2020
Events

Kentucky Health Law Institute

Date: 9/2/20 - 9/3/20
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WEBINAR (via Zoom)

Sarah Spurlock, Janet Craig and Dustyn Jones will be presenters at this WEBINAR presented by UK Law Continuing Legal Education on September 2-3, 2020.

Sarah Cronan Spurlock, Janet A. Craig, and Dustyn B. Jones June 30, 2020
Presentations

Back on Track: Post-Pandemic Re-Opening Guidance for Kentucky Employers

Stites & Harbison employment attorneys Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius Holloway, and Rebecca Weis discuss re-opening plans for Kentucky employers in this webinar presented May 21, 2020.

by Shannon Antle Hamilton, Demetrius O. Holloway, and Rebecca A. Weis May 22, 2020