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Helping Employers With Issues Surrounding Employee Benefits

When it comes to employee benefits, employers benefit the most when they rely on Rhonda A. O’Brien, for legal guidance. Our employee benefits practice counsels clients on the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit and executive compensation plans. And we make sure everything is in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act of 1974 (ERISA).

We have appeared before the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Plus, we are the law firm of choice for many of the area’s top publicly-held businesses, financial institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

We regularly handle the following legal issues for our clients:

  • Business expense reimbursement
  • Cafeteria plans and flexible spending accounts
  • Collectively bargained retirement and welfare plans
  • Compliance correction procedures under IRS and DOL programs
  • Compensation and bonus programs
  • Continuing health coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Conversion of sick leave into retirement benefits
  • Deferred compensation plans and 457 plans
  • Defined benefit retirement plans
  • Dependent care assistance programs
  • Early retirement incentive programs
  • Employee benefits
  • Employee benefits litigation
  • Employee stock ownership plans
  • Executive compensation plans
  • Executive compensation tax treatment
  • Fiduciary advice
  • Fringe benefits
  • Governmental welfare and retirement plans
  • Managed care
  • Medical reimbursement programs
  • Medical savings accounts
  • Non-discrimination testing of benefit plans
  • Participant investment directions
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)
  • Plan documents and employee communications
  • Plan termination
  • Profit sharing and 401(k) plans
  • QDROs and QMCSOs
  • Qualified retirement plans
  • Request for proposals and requests for qualifications for plan services providers
  • Self-insured and commercially insured health plans
  • SIMPLE plans
  • Special enrollment, certificates and privacy regulation under HIPAA
  • Term life insurance issues

To discuss our representation on these matters, contact us online or call us at 314-621-2939.

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Lashly & Baer, P.C.


714 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO 63101

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Call: 314-621-2939

Fax: 314-621-6844


20 East Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220

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Call: 618-233-5587
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