Managing an employee benefit fund is a complex undertaking. Trustees and administrators must comply with many laws and regulations, perform their fiduciary duties and satisfy the needs of demanding participants — all in an uncertain economic environment.

Many employee benefit funds throughout the United States turn to Novara Tesija & Catenacci PLLC for the advice, services and representation they need. We use our knowledge and expertise to assist clients in all aspects of their work, including plan design, communications to participants, funding and other matters.

Employee Benefits

Novara Tesija & Catenacci PLLC has more than 35 years of experience in the complex field of employee benefits law. Our firm has a full service staff devoted to serving the needs of both private and public sector employee benefit funds. We stay abreast of the ever-changing laws and regulations covering employee benefit funds — as well as the changing needs of our clients and their participants.

Our firm can provide advice and services in matters involving all aspects of The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and The Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including the following:

  • Defined Benefit, Defined Contribution/401K, Health & Welfare, SUB, & Apprenticeship Plans
  • Plan and Trust design
  • Preparation of necessary policies and procedures
  • Maintenance of tax-exempt status
  • Department of Labor (DOL) & Internal Revenue Service Audits (IRS)
  • Efficient and accurate review of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
  • Drafting and review of communications to participants
  • Collection of contributions owed to multi-employer plans (including alter-ego and withdrawal liability matters)
  • Review of investment manager agreements
  • Litigation involving benefit disputes and other issues
  • Public funds’ compliance with PA 314 laws and regulations
  • Other matters involving employee benefit plans
  • Plan mergers, partitions and terminations
  • Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
  • MAP-21
  • Pension Protection Act
  • Multiemployer  Pension Reform Act
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Health Insurance Portability Act & Accountibility