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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The American Bar Association (ABA) Health Law Section has ranked Stites & Harbison, PLLC in 7th place in its Seventh Annual Regional Law Firm Recognition List for the South region for 2019. This year marks Stites & Harbison’s sixth consecutive time being named to the Top 10 list.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Leadership Louisville Center has selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Rebecca Weis to participate in the Leadership Louisville Class of 2020.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Lawyers of Color has named Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Demetrius Holloway to its inaugural Nation’s Best list for 2019 in the Southern Region.
In 1984, the Kentucky Legislature enacted KRS 341.407(3), permitting employers, including corporations and partnerships, to represent themselves or be represented by counsel in administrative unemployment proceedings. Thirty-five years later, on April 26, 2019, the Kentucky Court of Appeals declared that law unconstitutional and effectively held that a lawyer must represent corporations and non-natural entities in administrative unemployment proceedings.
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Leadership Kentucky recently selected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Dustyn Jones as one of 25 participants for the Elevate Kentucky Class of 2019.
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.
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.