Michael works with clients in all aspects of benefits and labor law, with a focus on collectively bargained benefit plans. He counsels clients on day-to-day employee benefits issues, and navigating the interplay between collective bargaining and benefit plan obligations.
He assists clients on issues involved in the participation in, and withdrawal from, multiemployer defined benefit pension funds, devising and implementing strategies for reducing exposure and litigating withdrawal liability disputes.
In the employee benefits area, Michael’s practice ranges from the establishment and design of pension, profit-sharing, welfare and executive compensation plans to the administration, regulatory compliance and termination of such programs. He serves as counsel to numerous multiemployer funds in a variety of industries, and also advises corporate plan sponsors on single employer plans. He also has extensive experience representing employers in managing withdrawal liability exposure.
Michael has developed a particular fluency in the highly technical and specialized area of withdrawal liability. Advising employers that contribute to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans, Michael provides strategic guidance and long-term planning to clients regarding pension obligations, counsels clients on tools to mitigate liability, represents clients in requests for review of assessments, and in dispute resolution through arbitration and federal court litigation. He also has a deep understanding of withdrawal liability considerations in mergers, acquisitions and sales, and has guided clients on the important intersection of collective bargaining strategy and withdrawal liability risk management.
In his labor practice, Michael focuses on the construction industry, assisting clients in collective bargaining strategy and negotiations and represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board, state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings. He also advises clients on compliance with project labor agreements, prevailing wage laws and Davis Bacon requirements.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Michael was Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment group at a Minneapolis law firm.
Multiemployer Pension Plan Withdrawal Liability
In this guidebook, Michael provides an overview of the concepts underlying withdrawal liability, the mechanics of events that trigger liability, how the liability is calculated and paid, special rules applicable to certain industries, and the process for notifying – and disputing – assessments.
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