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Employee Benefits


Employers strive to offer attractive employee benefits in addition to competitive salaries and wages. Varnum's employee benefits attorneys are ready to help our clients design, draft, implement and administer a wide variety of employee benefit and executive compensation plans. We help you comply with complicated laws that affect your plans, correct mistakes and other problems with your plans under voluntary compliance programs, and we can represent you in audits and other proceedings before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. In addition, we can represent you in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations involving employee benefits plans.

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or John Arendshorst at 616/336-6560 or

Employee Benefits Experience

  • Pension plans, including Social Security alternative plans for governmental employers
  • Profit sharing plans, including cross tested and age weighted plans
  • Retirement savings or 401(k) plans
  • ERISA compliance
  • ERISA litigation
  • Employee stock ownership plans (ESOP)
  • Tax sheltered annuity or 403(b) plans
  • Health care plans, including high deductible health plans, health savings accounts and health reimbursement arrangements, and compliance with Health Care Reform, COBRA and HIPAA
  • Wellness programs
  • Cafeteria and flexible benefits plans
  • Non-qualified deferred compensation and other executive compensation plans

Who are our clients? Public and private sector employers, third party administrators and trustees of single and multi-employer pension and health care plans, among others. We also counsel individuals who are planning for retirement and pursuing their rights under employee benefit plans.

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